2017 Nissan Micra is based on the Sway concept’s design and comes built on CMF-B platform debuted on the Juke
From being a compact hatchback to a dashing new generation model, Nissan has lifted the veils off the brand new Micra at the ongoing 2016 Paris Motor Show in France. If you are concerned about the looks of the existing Micra in India, this would surely blow your mind away as the production-spec new-gen Micra has just been introduced in front of the gathered show-goers in Paris.
It snubs the small car phrase the outgoing Micra is known for and announces the global focus behind the new model with high-tech instruments, features and better interior quality. Flaunted on the decks of the first press day in Paris, it has striking styling with more gadgets and equipment hinting at being positioned in slightly upper segments than its predecessor.
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The design cues, as predicted, are indeed based on the Sway concept starred at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The new generation Micra is sharper in appearance while being sporty from front to back with a commendable drag coefficient of 0.29. A whole host of personalisation options including lurid colours and trim options were born from Paddington London design centre.
The dashboard is cleanly designed and the seating position has been kept low for better centre of gravity. The cabin space seems to be appreciable while features like emergency braking with pedestrian recognition, lane departure prevention, high beam automatic lamps and Bose music surround system with speakers built into the driver’s headrests should appeal for many.
A seven-inch central display with audio, satnav, mobile phone integration and Apple CarPlay prove that the 2017 Micra is way ahead of the outgoing version in terms of equipment level. The global markets will be provided with turbocharged three-cylinder 900cc mill making 90 hp alongside a 1.5-litre diesel four-pot engine making 90 hp while a 1,000cc petrol developing 75 hp will join in a later time – all of the powertrains will have lesser emission and improved fuel economy.
The fifth-generation Micra will be produced in France at Renault’s Flins plant for European markets. The Japanese manufacturer could opt for building a new India-specific budget car based on the existing V platform of Micra as whether the new-gen Micra could enter India or not is tight lipped.
If the new Micra arrives in all its glory, it has good chance of rivalling against premium hatchbacks like Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Hyundai i20 and Honda Jazz on a recently boomed segment. After all, the success of Kwid from within the alliance could only inspire Nissan to bring the beefed-up Micra with heavy levels of localisation, adopting existing powertrains, in an year or two.