The wraps are off Nissan’s Micra! These exclusive Auto Express illustrations show how the next-generation supermini is likely to look – nearly a year ahead of its official UK debut.
Following leaked line drawings and official sketches of the newcomer, we've been able to produce these images which show how the Micra gets a MINI-style grille and Fiat Punto-like headlights.
Under the skin is Nissan’s all-new V platform – V standing for versatile – which is lighter and allows for more cabin space than before. It’s set to spawn an MPV version of the Micra, which will replace the popular Note in late 2011.
By achieving a 50kg weight reduction over the outgoing car, Nissan says it has been able to make the Micra more efficient, as well as better to drive. And the cabin won’t only offer more room; quality will be improved, too.
The firm has developed an all-new three-cylinder engine, mated to a fresh CVT auto gearbox, to maximise fuel economy. A stop-start system will also feature. Add in the significant weight savings, and a sub-120g/km CO2 output is anticipated, as are fuel returns of 60mpg.
Prices are set to be equally competitive when the new Micra goes on sale here, most likely in five-door form only, in October 2010.