New-gen Nissan Micra could be slotted a segment up high in the premium hatchback space against Baleno, Elite i20 and Jazz
Nissan will be revealing the new generation Micra hatchback at the forthcoming 2016 Paris Motor Show. Spotted testing several times recently on foreign roads leading up to the launch, it will be underpinned by the CMF-B platform debuting on the new Juke. The spy shots of the testing prototype reassured an entirely different overall silhouette, aggressive character lines, sloping roofline and freshly designed body panels.
The design language is inspired by the Nissan Pulsar and the Sway Concept displayed at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The Sway design study points at a bolder and swoopier body with interiors derived from the IDx Coupe concept. The Sway concept measured 4,010 mm long, 1,780 mm wide and 1,385 mm tall and features a 2,570 mm wheelbase.
Set to be positioned a notch above its current segment, the upcoming Micra follows footsteps of larger Qashqai and Juke siblings. The overall of the design means the compact hatchback will be sportier, wider and low slung as opposed to current design. The side profile could come be sculpted with cuts and creases amidst an angular window line and rear door handles mounted in the C-pillar.
The rear fascia will have raked glass window, horizontal taillights and integrated roof mounted spoiler. It is mooted to be developed largely in Europe and will be produced at Renault’s factory in Flins, France besides the Clio hatchback and the Zoe EV. It is yet unknown whether Nissan could be bringing in the new Micra to India.
The Japanese automaker could opt for building a new India-specific budget car based on the existing V platform of Micra as well. If the new Micra comes all in its glory, it has good chance of competing against premium hatchbacks like Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Hyundai i20 and Honda Jazz – a segment which boomed recently.
The new Micra could appeal for many if priced aggressively with heavy localisation. Considering the evolutionary CMF-B will be sharing components with the CMF-A platform of Kwid, the small hatchback’s success may inspire the Micra’s entry into the domestic market.