New Nissan Micra sharpens up for 2017

Published: 22 July 2016

► Latest spy shots of 2017 Nissan Micra
► Styled like the 2015 Sway concept
► Likely motor show debut in autumn 2016

The current Nissan Micra isn’t so much off the pace as several laps behind the supermini class leaders. CAR’s GBU guide describes it as ‘alluring as a dentist’s waiting room, and just as noisy.’

Maybe its 2017 replacement, spied here being benchmarked against a VW Polo in southern Europe, can put Nissan back on the small hatch map? 

Our spies have caught it out on test ahead of its expected debut at the 2016 Paris motor show on 29 September 2016.

Looks a bit sharper than the current one…

The Nissan Sway concept, first shown at the 2015 Geneva motor show, was touted as a glimpse of how future small Nissans could look – and there is a hint or two of the Sway’s pointy styling in the new car’s styling, particularly in the headlight treatment.

2017 Nissan Micra spy shots

It’s a longer, lower-looking and altogether less blobby affair than the Micra’s current incarnation, too, which is no bad thing. Check out the roof spoiler and hidden rear door handles as well. Sporty.

What’s the 2017 Nissan Micra made of?

A blend of Nissan and Renault bits. It will be built around the joint Renault-Nissan CMF-B platform (also earmarked for the next Nissan Juke) and use a range of three- and four-cylinder engines.

The new Nissan Micra is expected to make its first official appearance at the Paris motor show in autumn 2016, before wading into the supermini battleground in 2017 against the old-but-great Ford Fiesta, improving-with-every-update Peugeot 208, the Renault Clio, Suzuki Swift, VW Polo, the upcoming new Seat Ibiza and many, many more. It’s got a bit on its plate.

Good job it’s already looking like a big step forward from the current model…

Read CAR’s Nissan Micra reviews here

2017 Nissan Micra spy shots

By James Taylor

CAR's deputy features editor, automotive design graduate, Radical champ

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