New 2017 Nissan Micra: latest images show radical design

15 Jul, 2016 1:50pm Lawrence Allan

Disguised prototype of next-gen Micra spotted out and about ahead of debut at Paris Motor Show

Nissan is readying a radical return to the challenging supermini market with a new Micra, and this is the latest proof. A prototype of the Ford Fiesta rival with minimal camo has been spotted ahead its release.

The next-gen Micra is set to debut in production form at the Paris Motor Show. The current car is based on a platform that's now over 13 years old, so it's looking outdated next to virtually all of its supermini class challengers.

The latest model uses the all-new CMF-B small car platform architecture shared with Renault. The exterior design borrows heavily from the Sway concept shown last year at Geneva, with a shapely profile, angular front-end, and Juke-inspired rear.

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The new Micra will also be longer, lower and wider than ever as the sporty profile of this prototype shows. That means a lot of extra interior space, both for passengers and in the boot. We expect most of the futuristic cabin design from the Sway to be used, too, with autonomous braking and more smartphone connectivity features. 

Details of the engine range are unknown, however but expect turbocharged petrols and diesels to be offered at launch. We'll get the full story closer to the car's Paris reveal, where the disguise is finally dropped/

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