On 29 September at the Paris Motor Show â€™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, Nissanâ€™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 carâ€™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]