Some new car launches are more evolution than revolution, but that’s not something that can be said about the all-new Nissan Micra, unveiled at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.
Nissan has completely redefined what ‘Micra’ means, giving the
30-year-old nameplate a striking, head-turning redesign – it is lower,
wider and longer than the car it replaces, along with offering much more
interior space. The new car offers a range of more efficient
‘downsized’ turbo engines, a raft of modern safety equipment as well as an agile chassis.
Taking much inspiration from the 2015 Sway concept car, new Micra makes good use of Nissan’s latest design language to cut a real dash and help it stand out from the competition. However, it’s not all style over substance, the hidden rear door handles and extended roof-line with integrated spoiler help to improve the car’s aero dynamics and improve efficiency.
New Micra offers a range of 10 stunning colours, including Energy Orange (pictured). This, combined with a vast array of interior and exterior personalisation options mean you can build the Micra that suits your personality and needs. In fact, there are over 125 different variations available!
However, not all of Nissan’s attention has been spent designing the outside of the new Micra, the interior is equally well designed. Much thought has been given to driver comfort with the new car offering a lower driving position compared to the out-going model to offer a more secure driving feel. The new seats offer a greater degree of adjustability when compared to the previous generation Micra and the steering wheel is fully adjustable – all of this ensures all drivers will be able to find a comfortable seating position.
By extending the New Micra’s wheelbase the designers have been able to increase the amount of space available in the cabin, in fact new Micra offers once of the most spacious interiors in its class. Finally, the dashboard uses a gliding-wing shape to provide a feeling of light and spaciousness.
The 5th generation Nissan Micra is the first B-segment car from Nissan to offer a full range of advanced safety features, many of which usually only found in larger cars. Bringing Nissan Intelligent Driving to life, new Micra’s safety kit includes Lane Departure Prevention (a first in the segment), Intelligent Emergency Braking with pedestrian recognition along with Intelligent Around View Monitor, Traffic Sign Recognition, High Beam Assist and Blind Spot Warning.
The new Micra is also available with an all-new six-speaker Bose® Personal® sound system – Optimised for the driver, the system comes with two Bose UltraNearfield™ speakers, combined with Bose PersonalSpace™ Virtual Audio Technology, built into the driver seat headrest for one of the most immersive audio experiences you can find in a car. Others travelling in the car are not forgotten with Bose Super65 speakers located in each of the front doors, producing powerful low-note performance, and tweeters in each A-pillar for sonic clarity.
Access to the audio system is provided by a 7” full colour touch screen which also provides satellite navigation, mobile phone integration and even supports Apple CarPlay.
The efficiency of the engines was a key part of the development of the new Micra. From the car’s launch two engines will be available; a 0.9-litre turbo charged three-cylinder petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel. Both of these engines produce 90hp. These engines will be followed at a later date by a 1.0-litre, naturally aspirated petrol engine producing 73hp.
New Micra will offer Active Ride Control for enhanced ride comfort, and Active Trace Control for reduced understeer and sharper handling. These innovations have previously only been available on the Nissan Qashqai and X-Trail and are designed to improve both driver enjoyment and reassurance.
By optimising the car’s aerodynamics and improving noise insulation engineers have greatly reduced the amount of noise in the cabin in the move making the new Micra a very relaxing place to spend time travelling.
The new Nissan Micra will be built in Europe at the Renault plant in Flins, France, as part of the Renault Nissan Alliance. Sales will start in Europe from March 2017.