The fifth-gen Micra, first debuted at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, is based on the V-platform of Nissan but it will likely be heavily re-engineered to suit India
A recent internet report has suggested that Nissan is working on a brand new Micra specifically for India and is based on the fifth generation model sold in global markets. We have been waiting to see that model come out for a long while now as it is a radical departure from the Micra known so far in the domestic market.
It has the capability to compete against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Baleno, recently facelifted Hyundai Elite i20, Honda Jazz and Volkswagen Polo in the premium hatchback segment. However, as Nissan and Renault often do for the models sold in emerging markets, the upcoming Micra is expected to be based on the twin platform strategy.
This implies to an almost similar exterior compared to the Micra retailed in Europe but underneath it will be build on a low-cost platform – the Renault Captur is a perfect example of that strategy. The fifth-gen Micra, first debuted at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, is based on the V-platform of Nissan but it will be heavily re-engineered to suit India and to accommodate localisation bearing in mind that the Kwid’s success has largely been down to its affordable pricing.
The India-spec Micra is said to have compact dimensions but in the event of keeping the costs down, it will have less fancy underpinnings. More importantly, if the rumours are true, the next generation Micra will finally bring in the Japanese brand’s latest global design philosophy to India. It is pivotal considering that there have not been any substantial launches from the brand in recent times.
The highlighting elements could be the signature V-motion grille, sporty LED Daytime Running Lights, a compact overall stance and a bold rear profile. It is only logical to think that touchscreen infotainment system, standard airbags and ABS, automatic climate control, etc will be offered.
As for the powertrain, the existing options could be carried over as well. The 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine produces 76 bhp and 104 Nm while the 1.5-litre four-pot diesel develops 63 bhp and 160 Nm. Five-speed manual gearbox is standard across the range while the CVT is expected to continue in the upcoming Micra. With the competition growing, Nissan might uprate these engines on the all-new Micra.