An all-new Nissan Micra is getting ready to hit the global markets. The fifth-generation model brings a slew of changes and shares virtually nothing with its predecessor. While the previous Micra was pretty cheap but bland, the new one boasts an exciting exterior and loads of premium features. Since the 2018 Nissan Micra will be primarily aimed at European markets, it comes with higher pricing. Revealed recently at the 2016 Paris motor show, the next-gen model marks a huge step forward for the supermini segment. Expect it to offer outstanding versatility as well as an impressive list of standard equipment.
2018 Micra Design and Features
Design-wise, the 2018 Nissan Micra was greatly influenced by the 2015 Sway concept. It features an aggressive styling that is worlds apart from the previous generation. The front fascia gets Nissan’s signature V-motion grille, sharp headlights and LED daytime running lights. Its sculpted hood features sleek creases that run towards the nose. At the back, expect to see bold C-shaped taillights as well as a robust bumper. Thanks to the blackened C pillar, the car boasts a floating roof design. Some of the features that make the new Micra particularly sporty are the sleek wheel designs on offer.
The interior is surprisingly spacious for this segment. There is plenty of headroom and legroom at the front even for taller passengers. However, the rear bench isn’t as generous when it comes to space. Thanks to the height-adjustable driver seat that comes standard, the driving position is exceptionally comfortable. Unfortunately, rear visibility is quite poor due to a small rear screen and thick rear pillars. That problem is solvable if you opt for rear parking sensors and a reversing camera. Among other high-tech amenities, expect the 2018 Nissan Micra to offer an advanced infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen.
2018 Nissan Micra Specs
At launch, the 2018 Nissan Micra will be available with just two engines. Base models will get a 0.9-liter turbocharged petrol unit that’s good for 90 horsepower. The other engine option will come as a 1.5-liter four-cylinder diesel delivering a similar output. A naturally aspirated 1.0-liter petrol powertrain is expected to join the lineup at a later date. Rumor also has it that a 190-hp Nissan Micra Nismo is currently in the works.
Compared to the outgoing model, the redesigned Micra takes things to a whole new level in almost every aspect. That said, expect the 2018 Nissan Micra pose a great threat to the likes of Ford Fiesta and VW Polo.