‘Revolutionised’ Nissan Micra hatchback will go on sale later this month, and we’ve got all the details.
The arrival of the new Nissan Micra is now imminent, and in anticipation of its release in 2017 Nissan has unveiled starting prices for its latest, more sophisticated supermini.
The base-level Micra Visia will cost £11,995 when it goes on sale, with the added premium on the price front reflecting the new model’s inflated footprint and more upmarket appearance. Nissan hopes that the alterations will turn the Micra into a direct rival of the Volkswagen Polo, Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa.
A boosted range of five trim levels has been confirmed by Nissan, consisting of Visia, Visia+, Acenta, N-Connecta and Tekna models. Centre-range Acentas will start from £14,995, while the most well-equipped Tekna will set customers back some £17,295.
Nissan is yet to reveal a comprehensive list of prices and specs, only the above markers for now. We’ll get a full price list, together with other details about equipment and optional extras when they start taking orders.
Designed specifically with European buyers in mind, the new, fifth-generation Micra hatchback is tasked with righting the wrongs of the previous generation. After it was revealed at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, we went for a poke around.
The new Micra is a crucial new car for Nissan, not least because it’s the first time an all-new Nissan Micra on a fresh platform has been launched since 2003. It’s been designed to tackle the Ford Fiesta head-on, and brand CEO Carlos Ghosn says the new car will “raise expectations” of what a supermini is capable of.
“The fifth-generation Micra shows our intent to compete right at the top of Europe’s B-segment market – the largest and most competitive B-segment market in the world.”
The new Micra will replace the old model as well as the Note mini-MPV, as the larger supermini will fill both roles.
New Nissan Micra: bold design
As expected, the new Micra’s exterior design is heavily inspired by the 2015 Geneva Motor Show Sway concept. The distinctive new body is significantly longer, wider and lower than before, with swept-back headlamps and a new iteration of the brand’s ‘V-motion’ grille design. Striking shoulder lines stretch from the bonnet down the wings and then upwards to the back doors, while the windscreen is steeply raked.
At the rear a ‘floating’ roof, sharp kink between the windows and boomerang-shaped tail-lamps complete the comprehensive restyle. Neat details include hidden rear door handles, while Nissan promises a range of vivid exterior colours and a host of personalisation options allowing buyers to put their stamp on the Micra. The bodywork is also designed with aerodynamics in mind, with a very competitive 0.29 Cd figure claimed.
Underpinning the fifth-gen Micra is the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s CMF-B platform, shared with the Renault Clio. It’s even built in the same factory as its supermini rival, in Elins, France. The next Nissan Juke will share the same platform, showing the vital relationship between the Japanese and French brands.
2017 Nissan Micra interior and technology
Nissan is promising class-competitive cabin space with the new Micra. The previous model straddled the city car and supermini segments in terms of size, but this new one will aim to be as roomy as a Vauxhall Corsa. Nissan has also worked on introducing a lower and sportier driving position, too, with the positioning of the seat, pedals and controls set to improve driver involvement.
Although we haven’t seen it yet, a new seven-inch central touchscreen debuts allowing control of the sat-nav and media, while smartphone connectivity comes in the now familiar form of Apple CarPlay. Options include a new Bose six-speaker sound system with a speaker built into the driver’s headrest for more immersive audio.
The advanced safety tech on offer includes segment-first lane-departure prevention, plus autonomous braking with Pedestrian Detection – a first for Nissan in Europe. The brand’s Around View Monitor, traffic sign recognition, high beam assist and blind spot warning completes the safety package.
Nissan Micra: sharper driving experiencce
The Micra’s chassis has been set up to offer much sharper handling than the previous iteration. Active Trace Control subtly applies the brakes to aid cornering, while Active Ride Control can tweak engine torque and brake pressure to smooth out the ride. Electric power steering has been tuned for greater response, and there’s also been a focus on reducing cabin noise.
Just two engines will be offered in the Micra at launch. The first is a Renault-sourced 0.9-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol, while there’s also a 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel – both produce 89bhp. A naturally-aspirated 75bhp 1.0-litre will arrive later on, while we expect more powerful variants of both turbo units to arrive later in the year. No efficiency or performance figures have been released yet, but Nissan told us on our pre-production drive that the petrol turbo will deliver an average of 53.5mpg.
Don’t rule out the possibility of a hybrid given the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s push for alternative power, and there’s also potential for Nissan to give the Micra to its Nismo department for a spicier Micra with up to 190bhp.