On sale at the beginning of 2017, the Nissan Micra supermini is set to make an impression. In the words of CEO Carlos Ghosn ‘’…the car will raise expectations…” of what superminis are about. The Japanese carmaker launched the Micra at the recent Paris Motor Show. Its aim is to appeal specifically to the European market where the Fiesta and VW Polo are considered its main rivals.
The sporty little car features an updated exterior when compared to the previous model: The body is longer, wider and lower than previously and catches the eye with a ‘’V’’ motion grille design. Some details such as hidden rear door handles further add to its new look. Buyers will probably like the idea of various personalisation options such as a choice of ten colours. The new micra is definitely an improvement in terms of styling – if you are tempted to upgrade, it is probably worth getting a price for your current car from a car buying group.
- A great infotainment system assures that the Micra competes well with other cars in its class. A 7” touchscreen allows access to sat-nav and Bluetooth functions. The sound system promises to be excellent too with an upgraded Bose system kicking out clear sound from very good speakers. Other apps and features include Apple CarPlay compatibility. All plus points for a small car such as the Micra.
- The Micra’s safety features should also meet with owners’ high expectations of this supermini. There will be a 360-degree camera, lane departure warning, high beam assist, traffic sign recognition, blind spot warning and emergency braking with Pedestrian Detection. All pretty impressive for a supermini.
The new Micra offers much better handling and a much greater driving experience than before as features such as Active Trace Control and Active Ride Control assist with going through corners and assure smoother rides than before. Buyers will also be impressed with the new electric power steering system.
The 5th generation Micra offers two engines: a 0.9-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol and a 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel. Both engines are capable of 90hp. Another option, the 1.0-litre non-turbo petrol engine will make its way to the market later. A six-speed manual is standard.
Although final details have yet to be confirmed, it looks as if an entry-level model will sell from around £ 8,000 with top of the range going up to approximately £ 14,000. This will make it a very attractive option for the younger crowd getting into the market for the first time (especially seeing as they’re likely to very cheap to insure as well!) But it will also appeal to anyone who wants to own an easy-to-drive little city car. It looks smart – it is going to compete well with its main rivals.