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Micra re-invented with new dynamism

  • Striking design epitomises fresh approach
  • Downsized drivetrains, advanced aerodynamics
  • Distinctive colour options, personalisation
2017 NISSAN MICRA. Paris. Image: Newspress/Micra
2017 NISSAN MICRA. Paris. Image: Newspress/Micra

PARIS, France – Nissan’s Micra Gen5 unveiled at the 2016 Paris auto show is, the automaker says, “a complete redefinition of what Micra means… and is as audacious as it is revolutionary”.

Targeted for Europe, the world’s largest hatchback market, the Micra Gen5 is lower, wider and longer than its predecessors and has more cabin space. It also, Nissan says, has smaller turbo drive trains, an agile chassis and a full complement of innovative safety features.

Carlos Ghosn, Nissan Motor’s CEO, told The Corner through a media release: “When the first Micra appeared more than 30 years ago it was a revolution in the small hatchback segment and opened a new chapter for Nissan.

2017 NISSAN MICRA. Paris. Image: Newspress/Micra
2017 NISSAN MICRA. Paris. Image: Newspress/Micra

“The fifth generation is just as revolutionary, will raise expectations for hatchbacks and reinforce Nissan’s position as a leader in automotive design.”

FLOATING ROOF

Design cues for Nissan’s latest styling includes the distinctive ‘V’ grille, from where the sharp-edged character line runs through to the rear; boomerang-shaped lights, a floating roof. The rear-door releases are hidden in the C pillars and the extended roofline that ends in a spoiler.

The bright colour in the accompanying images is called Energy Orange, one of 10 paint choices.

Much attention has been paid to driver comfort, Nissans asserts, with greater seat adjustment, an adjustable steering-column and “optimal positioning of the pedals and shift lever”.

‘AUTONOMOUS BUILDING BLOCKS’

This Micra Gen5, the company says, is the first in its B-segment line-up to have such an extensive suite of crash protection/avoidance features – available technologies include lane-departure prevention, emergency braking/human recognition, 360-degree cameras, traffic-sign recognition, auto high-beam, and blind-spot monitors.

2017 NISSAN MICRA. Paris. Image: Newspress/Micra
2017 NISSAN MICRA. Paris. Image: Newspress/Micra

“Together,” Nissan says, “these advanced safety features are the building blocks for autonomous driving, part of Nissan’s ‘intelligent mobility’.”

The new Micra has a 19cm, full-colour, central display to control the audio system, satnav, mobile phone, ap downloading and Siri voice control via Apple CarPlay.

TWO ENGINE CHOICES

‘Active Ride Control’ has been added – a feature until now reserved for the Qashqai and X-Trail.

Power choice is simple: a turbocharged, 900cc, three-cylinder petrol engine or a 1.5-litre diesel, each making 67kW. A non-turbo, 55W, one-litre petrol engine will follow later.

The Micra will be assembled at the Renault plant in Flins, France, as part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Sales will start in Europe in March 2017.

Specifications may vary among markets. All data subject to homologation.

2017 NISSAN MICRA. Paris. Image: Newspress/Micra
2017 NISSAN MICRA. Paris. Image: Newspress/Micra

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