Is The 2017 Nissan Micra Finally A Match For Its Rivals?

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Nissan is extremely positive about sales of the new Micra, although they wouldn't confirm exact numbers at this time, Boutard added: 'I think it's going to be a lot more than we're predicting'.

Nissan claims, extended width and wheelbase means cabin space is among the best in class. Micra Gen5 comes with a 7-inch full colour central display for audio system, satellite navigation, mobile phone integration and Siri voice control via Apple CarPlay. "But Micra remains an important product in our portfolio in the Canadian market".

Of course we did have a sense of what the new Micra was going to look like thanks to the Sway concept Nissan brought to Geneva past year, plus company CEO Carlos Ghost did say that the 5th-gen model would be revolutionary and would eventually raise expectations for the entire segment. The Japanese manufacturer is continuing this tradition with the upcoming 2017 new-generation Micra.

The talking point for the all-new 2017 Nissan Micra though is the level of safety features that it offers over the outgoing model. Nissan highlights that these features are also building blocks towards autonomous driving technologies. The rear door handles have been integrated in the C-pillar.

Nissan is also hyping a new sound system developed with BOSE which includes "ultra-near-field" speakers located in the driver's seat headrest. They have also tuned the electronic systems that govern dynamics: Active Trace Control (which uses brake applications to keep the vehicle on line in corners) and Active Ride Control (which uses nose dive from imperceptible brake applications to improve body control over large bumps). Exceptional aero efficiency has been achieved thanks to the combined roof and side spoiler.

The new Micra also gets autonomous emergency braking, an around view monitor, traffic sign recognition, high-beam assist and blind spot warning systems - rare for a auto of this size.

The engine lineup is also now, including a 0.9-litre turbocharged three-cylinder gasoline unit and a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder diesel, both developing 90 horsepower and both shared with other Nissan and Renault cars.

The Thai-spec March now comes with 79hp 1.2-litre non-turbo three-cylinder petrol unit married to CVT automatic.

Next up is a 54kW/95Nm 1.0-litre three-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol.

In Western Europe sales at the end of FY15 (March 2016) were up 9.4% versus FY14, a record-breaking year, with major markets including Spain (+19.3%), Germany (+13.2%), Italy (+8.8%), United Kingdom (+4.2%) and France (+3.9%) seeing significant increases.

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