All-New 2017 Nissan Micra Breaks Cover In Paris [w/Video]

With sharper styling, improved safety and advanced tech on board, the fifth-generation Micra is ready to take aim at its rivals.

The all-new Micra is targeted for Europe, which remains the world’s largest hatchback market. This is where Nissan hopes their new-gen supermini can turn enough heads thanks to its dramatic styling, advanced turbocharged drivetrains, agile chassis and a wide array of safety features.

“When the first Micra appeared more than 30 years ago, it marked a revolution in the small hatchback segment and opened a new chapter for Nissan. The fifth generation Micra is just as revolutionary, and will raise expectations for what a hatchback can, and should, deliver to its customers,” said Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan Motor Company.

“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 largest and most competitive B-segment market in the world.”

In terms of styling, the new Micra definitely reminds us of the Sway Concept unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Its design cues include the distinctive V-motion grille, boomerang-shaped lights and the floating roof, which is another Nissan design signature. Other features include the rear door handles being hidden in the C-pillars as well as the spoiler being integrated in the extended roof line.

Inside, the Micra has a lower driving position for a more secure feel, greater seat adjustment, a fully adjustable steering wheel and a gliding-wing shaped dashboard. Overall, this is also one of the most spacious interiors in the segment, thanks to the car’s extended width and wheelbase.

With a focus on safety, the Gen5 Micra also comes with Lane Departure Prevention, Intelligent Emergency Braking with pedestrian recognition, as well as Intelligent Around View Monitor, Traffic Sign Recognition, High Beam Assist and Blind Spot Warning. Connectivity-wise, there is a 7″ full color central display which provides access to the sat-nav, mobile phone, downloadable apps, Siri voice control via Apple CarPlay and the audio system.

Speaking of audio, this car has an exclusive all-new six-speaker Bose Personal sound system, said to be optimized for the driver. It boasts two Bose UltraNearfield speakers, combined with Bose PersonalSpace Virtual Audio Technology, built into the driver seat headrest. There are also Bose Super65 speakers in each of the front doors for powerful low-note performance, plus tweeters in each A-pillar for improved clarity.

On the road, Nissan wanted to make sure the Micra was as quiet as possible, which is why improvements were made in terms of noise insulation and optimization of the car’s aerodynamic performance. Thanks to the combined roof and side spoiler, the 2017 Micra has a Cd of 0.29, which is excellent for a small hatchback.

As for its ride, the Gen5 Micra features a new brushless electric power steering system plus Active Ride Control for enhanced comfort and Active Trace Control for reduced understeer and sharper handling.

At launch, the Micra will be available with either a 0.9-liter turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine or a 1.5-liter diesel, both producing 90 HP. Later on, a naturally aspirated 73 HP 1.0-liter petrol unit will join the range.

Sales for Nissan’s all-new 5th generation supermini will start in Europe from March 2017.

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  • j60dnl

    That looks brilliant. Interior looks great. Very impressed. (Squint and the rear looks a little like the Focus)

    • j60dnl

      Looking at the write up – it’s such a drastic departure from the underperforming half-hearted ‘global’ mk4 that I’m surprised they continued the Micra name. Like the Escort to Focus.

  • RDS Alphard

    Why everyone just want to hide the rear door handle ?

    • TheHake

      To make it look ‘Coupé-like’

  • Vassilis

    Finally a good looking Micra! The last one was 15 years ago! Well done Nissan. Now throw some nice engines in it.

  • Clioesque

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Coincidence? 😉

  • sam77

    That is very nice….just what Nissan needs to start rebuilding the brand.

    • rover10

      Totally agree, what a massive step forward.

  • TOMSON

    wow, the first perfectly executed small car on earth! congrats´

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Alongside its platform mate, the Clio.

  • TheHake

    Wow!!! What a kick-ass little car! Well done Nissan!

  • jfalckt

    The Micra name seems to have a bit of an identity crisis, surely, with this model it was time to ditch the Micra nameplate once and for all, Sway would have worked better, ‘Micra’ is usually associated with ‘grave-dodger’ or ‘learner driver’

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      Yes, Hyperbole might be better if you listen to Monsieur Game-changer Boutard.

  • Alx

    Looks like a squirrel with cheeks stuffed full of chestnuts.

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      My thoughts too. Modern crash protection requirements don’t help designers of small cars.
      I like the interior in orange. Cost option for that?

  • Knotmyrealname

    Bloody hell that’s an improvement. Blows a lot of other competitors out of the water.

  • Knotmyrealname

    Designed in Europe this time? Looks great!

  • Edumcris

    Wow! This one looks fantastic. Nissan is throwing some good designs lately, but this one is one of the bets. Good proportions, functionality and style. A little bit of Renault influence, but this is OK. I wish they can build a Pulsar from this one. Count me in!

  • Laurenz

    A sharper looking Renault Zoe, Please bring that here in the US and replace the Versa Note Hatchback.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      I hated that little s&%t

  • Archknight77

    Glad they kept it close to the concept, it looks great!! Too bad they don’t sell this stateside, but if they applied the same looks to the Note their sales will likely increase dramatically.

  • klowik

    Nissan did a great job on this new Micra, it doesn’t seem to cut corners in styling, that can actually rival Mazda2.

  • Evo45

    Current one is better to me. I wish they could make the front Pulsar-like.

  • fabri99

    Oh wow, I didn’t expect it to look this good.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      I did.

  • Joel Serpico

    Looks good on 18inch rims but this front old-fashion minivan front has to go

  • smartacus

    meanwhile they are still pushing the pos Sentra
    which is only now scuttling the 4-speed automatic for the new model year.

  • alexxx

    excellent design…well done nissan..

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Replace the Note with this.

    • TheHake

      I think this can comfortably live alongside the Note.