Nissan’s Micra Gen5 has been revealed at the 2016 Paris Motor Show and has completely redefined the Micra name.
The Micra Gen5 is designed to turn heads with a dramatic body-length defining character. It is lower, wider and longer than any of its predecessors and has more interior space. In addition, it has advanced new downsized turbo drivetrains, an agile chassis and a comprehensive range of innovative safety features.
In-line with the Sway Concept unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the Micra Gen5 fully embraces Nissan’s latest design language with signature design cues and emotional sculpting. Design cues include the distinctive V-motion grille, boomerang-shaped lights, and the floating roof – another Nissan design signature that creates an ‘airy’ feeling. Other features include rear door handles hidden in the C-pillars and an extended roofline that incorporates a spoiler, improving the vehicle’s aerodynamic performance.
These dramatic looks are coordinated by a selection of 10 sophisticated and vivid exterior colours, including Energy Orange. Additional exterior and interior personalisation mean the new Micra has 125 different variations, enabling owners to really stamp their own style.
High attention has been paid to driver comfort, with a lower driving position for a more secure driving feel. Drivers can easily find a perfect driving position now thanks to greater seat adjustment, full adjustable steering wheel and perfect positioning of the pedals and shift lever. The car’s extended width and wheelbase means cabin space is first-class and the gliding-wing shaped dashboard gives the cabin a light, sleek and spacious feel.
This new Micra is the first in Nissan’s B-segment line-up to offer such an extension range of advanced safety features, available across all grades. Usually found in larger cars, available technologies include: Lane Departure Prevention, Intelligent Emergency Braking with pedestrian recognition, Intelligent Around View Monitor, Traffic Sign Recognition, High Beam Assist and Blind Spot Warning.
An exclusive feature of the Micra Gen5 is the all-new six-speaker Bose Personal sound system. The first-of-its-kind sound system is optimised for the driver for a completely immersive listening experience.
Micra Gen5 also comes 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 Apply CarPlay.
The new Micra also features Active Ride Control for enhanced ride comfort, and Active Trace Control for reduced understeer and sharper handling – combining both driver enjoyment and reassurance.
High attention has also been paid to reducing noise within the cabin. Enhancements include impressive noise insulation and optimisation of the car’s aerodynamic performance.
Engine efficiency has also been a high priority with the car being offered at launch with the choice of a 0.9-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel, both developing 90hp. However, the range will soon also be joined by a naturally aspirated 73hp 1.0-litre petrol engine.
On speaking about the new Micra Gen 5, 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. Following in the wheel tracks of distinctive cars like Qashqai and Juke, the latest Micra reinforces Nissan’s position as a leader in automotive design. It also shows our intent to compete right at the top of Europe’s B-segment market.”
The new Nissan Micra will be available in Europe from March 2017.