– India launch of the new Micra is likely to happen sometime next year.
– Design of the new-gen Micra will be heavily inspired by the Sway concept.
– The 2018 Nissan Micra will witness comprehensive design and feature updates.
– Claimed to have best-in-class drag coefficient, the new Micra will be more frugal in nature.
Engine details for the India-spec 2018 Nissan Micra are yet to be revealed.
The Japanese carmaker, Nissan has a handful of new products for the Indian market. While the company aims to strengthen its compact SUV market with all-new Kicks, it will introduce its globally popular electric hatchback – Leaf. Besides this, the Nissan Micra hatchback is set to propel into the fifth generation sometime next year. Previewed at the 87th Geneva Motor Show, the new Nissan Micra 2018 has already been launched in the European market. While the India launch of the new Micra is likely to happen next year, the latest spy pictures of the India-bound model have emerged on the web. Though, the prototype was snapped during its test round in Thailand. As a reminder, Nissan gave a mild facelift to the hatchback in June, 2017.
– V-shaped grille
– Sleek headlamps
– Stylish tail-lights with LED inserts
– Roof spoiler
– Automatic climate control
– Multi-functional steering wheel
– Touchscreen infotainment system
The fifth-generation Micra is already on sale in the European market, albeit we still await an official announcement from Nissan on its India launch. However, media reports suggest that Nissan could launch the new Micra in India sometime next year. The Japanese carmaker shifted the hatchback’s production from Chennai, India to Europe after seven years. With this, Micra becomes the first car to be manufactured at the company’s French partner, Renault’s facility in France. Picture Gallery: Nissan Kicks – 8 Interesting Things
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While the Europe-spec model uses the Renault-Nissan’s CMF platform, it will continue using the same underpinnings (V-platform) for the emerging markets. Though, the Indian model will ditch the V architecture for the low cost CMF A+ platform. The heavy localisation will surely help the carmaker achieve competitive pricing. Sporting new changes and an evolutionary design, the 2018 Micra is expected to be slightly more expensive than the existing model. The 2018 Nissan Micra price in India is likely to start from Rs 6 lakh for the entry-level variant and go up to Rs 9 lakh for the high-end model. Read – Globally Popular Nissan Leaf Coming To India
For the European market, the 2018 Nissan Micra is offered with the old engine set that includes the BR10DE 1.0-litre petrol, HR09DET 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol and K9K 1.5-litre diesel. While the BR10DE 1.0L and 1.0L turbocharged petrol motors deliver power worth 73bhp with 95Nm and 90bhp and 140Nm of torque respectively, the diesel mill on the other hand pushes out a top power of 90bhp against 220Nm of torque. Nissan will use different set of petrol and diesel engines for other international markets. It is likely to offer engines with a capacity ranging from 1.2-litre to 1.6-litre. As for the Indian market, there is no clarity if these engines will be introduced here. Currently, the hatchback comes with the 1.5-litre diesel and 1.2-litre petrol engines producing 63.12bhp with 160Nm and 75.94bhp with 104Nm respectively. Transmission options, on the other hand, might include a 5-speed manual and a CVT automatic unit. Read: Nissan X-Trail SUV – All You Need To Know
As per Nissan’s claim, the new Micra has the best-in-class drag coefficient (0.29) thus making it more frugal than the previous generation. The engine details for the India-spec model are still under the wraps, therefore it would be a tad early to comment on the mileage of the new 2018 Nissan Micra. On the current generation model, the petrol and diesel powertrains deliver a claimed mileage of 19.34kmpl and 23.08kmpl respectively. Read – Nissan Sunny Set For A Generation Change
Based on Nissan’s new design philosophy, expect it to be radically different from its predecessor. The evolutionary new design language is heavily inspired by the Sway concept. As mentioned above, the Europe-spec model has been designed on the Renault-Nissan’s CMF-B platform. On the other hand, the India-bound model will be based on low-cost CMF A+ platform instead of the V platform. In a bid to give it an all-new look, Nissan will add new elements and make design changes in tandem with the Sway concept that broke cover at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.
It’s the face of the car that will receive comprehensive updates, giving it a sportier look. The redesigned grille up front will be flanked by the new full LED headlamp cluster with LED daytime running lights and the low-slung bonnet will rest on the large bumper. Side profile, with a sloppier roofline and 17-inch alloy wheels, will look visually more appealing. The rear end will get a newly designed hatch and new taillamps and rear spoiler. Dimensionally, the new Micra will measure 3,999mm long, 1,743mm wide and 1,455mm high. Sitting on the 2,525mm long wheelbase, the new Micra will be longer, wider and taller than its predecessor. Read – Nissan Note e-Power Hatchback Is Coming To India
The new-generation Micra will be more upmarket with better quality material inside and additional features. Changes to the interior will include futuristic centre console, new trims, leather seat covers and a new instrument cluster. It is expected to get a new BOSE Personal audio system with advanced speakers and Nissan’s intelligent Around View Monitor camera system. In addition, the car will also come with a dashboard integrated NissanConnect infotainment system with 7.0-inch full-screen multi-touch display with satellite navigation, DAB digital radio and smartphone-style apps. The 2018 Nissan Micra will also get a 5-inch driver information display and 360 degree camera. Read About – Upcoming Nissan Kicks Compact SUV
To make it safer than its predecessor, Nissan will add new safety features such as the Intelligent Emergency Braking, Intelligent Lane Intervention, Blind Sport Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition and High Beam Assist. The standard fitments will include six airbags, seat belt warnings and seat belt height adjustment for front & rear occupants. Aside from the above features, the new Micra will also get anti-lock-braking system, Electronic Stability Program, Hill Start Assist, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, a speed limiter, automatic headlight sensor, automatic hazard lights. While these features will be offered with the Europe-spec model, there is still no clarity if these will be introduced on the India-bound model.
In the B segment, the new Nissan Micra will compete against Maruti Swift, that is set for a generation change early next year. Besides, the hatchback will also feel the heat from Maruti Baleno, Honda Jazz and Hyundai Elite i20 and the likes.
Spy Image Courtesy – headlightmag