The first redesigned Nissan Micras have begun to roll off the line in France, and there’s still no word on whether the new super-mini hatchback will come to Canada. We know it won’t come to the US, again.
The 2018 Micra (the fifth generation) began production at the end of 2016 in Flins, France, and will start reaching dealerships in Europe in mid-February for select markets and to the other countries by the end of winter 2017 (the first time in seven years for the Micra in Europe). Cars for other markets will go into production later in the year with deliveries expected around the end of the year, as 2018 models.
“We have taken the European compact car segment to a new level by focusing on what customers really want today and expect tomorrow,” said Nissan Europe chairman Paul Willcox. “The all-new Nissan Micra is an exceptional car, characterised by its expressive design, uplifting interior and confident drive.”
The new car is a radical departure from the current generation, which will continue in production through 2017 in Mexico (for Canadian, Mexican, Caribbean and South American markets. The car is not sold in the US. The new Micra will, for the time being, only be sourced out of France, in the plant that also currently builds the Renault Clio (whose new generation shares the Micra platform) and the electric Zoe version of the Clio.
The new look is more in keeping with the current Nissan design language and is similar in profile to competitors from Hyundai and Kia. The new car is longer, wider and lower than its predecessor, with an athletic exterior and a 2-tone interior that combine to give the car an air of quality beyond the supermini segment.
The cabin is rich in premium soft-touch materials and host of technologies that are not only new to the car but new to the segment. Among them, lane keeping assist (which nudges the car back into the lane, should it start to stray) and Bose speakers built into the driver’s headrest.
The car comes with a choice of two gasoline and one diesel in Europe, though the Canadian car will likely only have the one gasoline engine fitment (if the car even comes to Canada, and we’ll probably find out at Auto Shows in Montreal, opening tomorrow, or Toronto next month).