Paris show - new look, new tech for Micra

After 33 years, Nissan is at last launching an all-new European-designed Micra with the unabashed aim of beating the supermini class leaders at their own game.

Inside, Nissan lowered the driving position and provided a fully adjustable steering wheel.

Speaking of the cabin, it is packed with state-of-the-art technology and numerous features usually available in larger cars.

Depending on equipment level (there are five, including Youth, Racing and Mature), the Micra has most of the electronic aids found in pricier cars, including lane departure and blind spot warning, forward city braking (with optional pedestrian recognition), surround-view cameras and traffic sign recognition.

Audiophiles will be happy to hear that the new hatch will be offered with an all-new six-speaker Bose Personal sound system, which is optimised for the driver - featuring two speakers built into the driver's headrest. If that's not enough passengers also get the premium audio with new Bose Super65 speakers in each of the front doors.

It goes without saying that the cabin gadgets will be bang up to date and to that end the Micra comes with an 18cm central touch-screen allowing downloadable apps and Apple CarPlay functionality.

Micra Gen5 features include Active Ride Control for enhanced ride comfort, and Active Trace Control for reduced understeer and sharper handling - combining driver enjoyment and reassurance - innovations only available on Nissan's Qashqai and X-Trail until now. The three spoke steering wheel gets mounted controls; there is an all new touchscreen multimedia system, dual tone upholstery, silver accents, key-less entry among the others. The roof and side spoiler assists the Micra Gen5 is achieving a drag coefficient of 0.29. A naturally aspirated 73hp 1.0-litre petrol has also been confirmed to join the range later. At the time of launch, the Micra will come with a choice of HR09DET 0.9-litre turbocharged petrol, which is good of 90PS of max power and 140Nm of peak torque (+10Nm with boost), and the familiar K9K 1.5-litre dCi diesel producing 90PS of power and 220Nm of torque.

This is the all-new-from-the-ground-up 2017 Nissan Micra sub-compact hatchback. These engines, together with efficient aerodynamics, mark another step forward in Nissan Intelligent Power.

The interior design looks almost similar to the Nissan Kicks.

Sales commence in March 2017, and there are no prices nor performance figures for it yet.

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