Nissan reveals more info about the 2017 Micra
Nissan hopes to completely redefine its oft-derided Micra when an all-new version hits the road next year. And dare we say it, but it looks pretty good...
Nissan has revealed that the upcoming Micra will get a list price of £11,995 when it hits the road in March next year. With an all-new look and an upmarket feel, it’s no wonder that premiums have increased over its predecessor, but we’ll have to wait and see how lease prices reflect this change.
With Nissan hoping to take on the like of the new Fiesta with its new supermini however, it’s an understandable. In fact, Nissan announced that this model won’t just be taking the place of the current Micra, but the Nissan Note hatchback too.
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Nissan made a splash when it took the covers off the new Micra back in Paris, and it’s small wonder. The body is much larger than before and the whole car gets a more serious demeanour – it’s as if the Micra has grown up.
Taking design cues from the Juke, the Micra Gen5 gets a distinctive V-shaped grille from where a sharp-edged line runs through to the back, where you’ll also find new boomerang-shaped tail lights. Other features include rear door handles in the C-pillars and a floating roofline.
In the cabin, the car will come complete with a 7-inch full colour central display, providing access to the audio system, satellite navigation, mobile phone, downloadable apps and Siri voice control via Apple CarPlay. On top of this, an exclusive feature of Micra Gen5 is an all-new six-speaker Bose Personal sound system, developed through close collaboration with Nissan.
With the refresh, Nissan have given additional focus to driver comfort, with a lower driving position for a more secure feel. The car’s extended width and wheelbase also means cabin space is among the best in class, and the gliding-wing shaped dashboard gives the cabin a light, sleek and spacious impression.
Along these lines, the Micra Gen5 also features Active Ride Control for enhanced ride comfort, and Active Trace Control for reduced understeer and sharper handling – innovations which have previously only been available on Nissan’s Qashqai and X-Trail.
At launch, the car will offer the choice of a 0.9-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel, both developing 90hp. The range will be joined at a later date by a naturally aspirated 73hp 1.0-litre petrol engine. These engines, together with efficient aerodynamics, mark another step forward for Nissan.
Exact spec details are to be confirmed, but it will be available in five guises: Visia, Visia+, Acenta, N-Connecta and Tekna. A varied range of options will include keyless entry, heated front seats and a Bose sound system.
Commenting on the debut, Carlos Ghosn, CEO, Nissan Motor Company, said: “The fifth generation Micra […] will raise expectations for what a hatchback can, and should, deliver to its customers.”
The refresh is a massive step forward for the brand, and we’re looking forward to seeing more of it when sales start from March 2017.