Loved and loathed equally for its bubbly looks and placid personality, the Micra has struggled to attract new buyers over recent years, however, the new model should rectify this in the same way that the Juke and Qashqai SUVs have transformed Nissan’s fortunes.
It gets a distinctive V-shaped grille, swept back headlights, prominent creases along its side and boomerang-shaped rear lights. The Micra also features a floating roof while the rear door handles are ‘hidden’ in the rear roof pillars.
The Micra is lower and wider than before, giving it a more purposeful and athletic look, while an increase in overall length aids internal passenger space.
Adding to the more dynamic stance and styling, the driving position is set lower to create a feeling of being more integrated with the car. Ensuring you can get comfortable, the new Micra has more driver seat and steering wheel adjustments than before.
The dashboard is simple, clean and modern, meaning it should be easy to use.
Under the bonnet, at launch, will be a choice of two engines; a 0.9-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel, both of which will develop 89bhp. An entry level non-turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol will join the range later with 72bhp.
While it is designed to take an electric or hybrid system, Gareth Dunsmore, Electric Vehicle Divisional General Manager at Nissan, has confirmed that there are no current plans to install such a system into the Micra.
Enhancing how the Micra drives are Active Ride Control, which improves ride comfort, and Active Trace Control, which reduces understeer and sharpens the handling. A new brushless electric power steering system is also available providing extra steering feel and response.
Available in the Micra is a range of safety technologies including; Lane Departure Prevention; Intelligent Emergency Braking with pedestrian recognition; Traffic Sign Recognition; High Beam Assist and Blind Spot Warning.
There are 10 exterior paint colours to pick from while a six-speaker Bose® Personal® sound system, developed in collaboration with Nissan, is also available and features speakers built into the driver’s seat headrest.
It’ll be built at Renault’s Flins plant in France with sales in Europe starting in March 2017.