New Nissan Micra (March)

Paris Motor Show ’16: New Nissan March Takes On A New Design

On 29 September at the Paris Motor Show ’16 in France, Nissan Motor Company gave the world its first peek at the new Micra (known as the March in Japan), which takes on a new design with the 2017 model.

This 5th generation of the Micra places a lot of emphasis on being faithful to the concept car the company showed off at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the Sway. In Europe, Nissan’s key players are the Qashqai and the Juke. The sway was praised for its ability to adapt the design and marketability of these two SUVs to a hatchback, the most important segment in Europe.

The new Micra touts various motifs from the Sway, taking design cues and and a affecting body style from the concept car, expressing the newest direction of Nissan design.

In terms of design cues, one can see these reflected in the unique V motion grill at the tip of the character line that extends to the rear end; boomerang lamps; and a more spacious floating roof. Also, the backdoor handle, hidden behind the C pillar, and the roof line that extends down to the spoiler stylishly allow for better aerodynamic performance.

Regarding the car’s aerodynamic performance, the roof spoiler and side spoilers have been unified, allowing for less wind resistance and, according to Nissan, a drag coefficient of Cd 0.29, excellent for a hatchback.

[Translated by Bryce Clarke]