12:11PM, Monday 10 April 2017
Nissan is describing its all new Nissan Micra as ‘revolutionary’. Now in its fifth generation, the new model is a massive progression from the one it is replacing, and from the trio of highly successful superminis dating back to the Micra’s debut in Europe in 1983.
The new Micra is longer, wider and lower and Nissan is repositioning it at the heart of the ultra-competitive European B-hatchback segment, for slightly larger cars. Conceived, designed and engineered with those customers’ requirements at the top of the agenda, Nissan wants the Micra to re-establish itself in the top 10 sellers in the segment.
Key to its appeal is the car’s athletic and expressive exterior design, which Nissan says moves the Micra in a daring new direction. The contemporary look and premium feel continues inside, with a high-quality cabin that boasts two-tone soft-touch materials as standard across the range.
Thanks to outstanding packaging, the five-door-only body shell boasts best-in-class ergonomics for front seat occupants, with no compromise to rear passenger space. The boot is big enough to easily cater for customers’ needs.
The new Micra is also a technology leader, with a number of ‘in-control’ features – the sort usually associated with more expensive models – now available.
These include Intelligent Lane Intervention, to get the Micra back on to the right path if required.
Nissan’s acclaimed Intelligent Around View Monitor camera system – as seen on the Qashqai and Juke crossovers – is also now available on the Micra. It also boasts a BOSE Personal audio system with advanced speakers built into the driver’s head rest to put them at the heart of the listening experience.
Nissan says the new Micra is also a fantastic car to drive, with a dynamic performance providing the perfect balance between agility, excitement and the secure feeling that comes with confident and predictable handling.
The car is available with three downsized engines – two petrol and one diesel – all linked to a five-speed manual gearbox.
The car will be available with a wide range of personalisation options, modifying the exterior and interior with premium components in a variety of stylish and contemporary colours.
Nissan vice president Guillaume Cartier said: “We have taken the European compact car segment to a new level by focusing on what customers really want today and expect tomorrow. The All New Nissan Micra is an exceptional car, characterised by its expressive design, uplifting interior and confident drive.”
He added: “There is so much affection in Europe for the Micra, clearly demonstrated by more than three decades of heritage and more than 3.5 million sales.”
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