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2017 NISSAN MICRA

NEW ON THE 2017 NISSAN MICRA

As expected, the new Micra's exterior design is heavily inspired by the 2015 Geneva Motor Show Sway concept. The distinctive new body is significantly longer, wider and lower than before, with swept-back headlamps and a new iteration of the brand's 'V-motion' grille design. Striking shoulder lines stretch from the bonnet down the wings and then upwards to the back doors, while the windscreen is steeply raked.

At the rear a 'floating' roof, sharp kink between the windows and boomerang-shaped tail-lamps complete the comprehensive restyle. Neat details include hidden rear door handles, while Nissan promises a range of vivid exterior colours and a host of personalisation options allowing buyers to put their stamp on the Micra. The bodywork is also designed with aerodynamics in mind, with a very competitive 0.29 Cd figure claimed.

Underpinning the fifth-gen Micra is the Renault-Nissan Alliance's CMF-B platform, shared with the Renault Clio. It's even built in the same factory as its supermini rival, in Elins, France. The next Nissan Juke will share the same platform, showing the vital relationship between the Japanese and French brands.

2017 Nissan Micra interior and technology

Nissan is promising class-competitive cabin space with the new Micra. The previous model straddled the city car and supermini segments in terms of size, but this new one will aim to be as roomy as a Vauxhall Corsa. Nissan has also worked on introducing a lower and sportier driving position, too, with the positioning of the seat, pedals and controls set to improve driver involvement.

Although we haven't seen it yet, a new seven-inch central touchscreen debuts allowing control of the sat-nav and media, while smartphone connectivity comes in the now familiar form of Apple CarPlay. Options include a new Bose six-speaker sound system with a speaker built into the driver's headrest for more immersive audio.

The advanced safety tech on offer includes segment-first lane-departure prevention, plus autonomous braking with Pedestrian Detection - a first for Nissan in Europe. The brand's Around View Monitor, traffic sign recognition, high beam assist and blind spot warning completes the safety package.

Nissan Micra: sharper driving experiencce

The Micra's chassis has been set up to offer much sharper handling than the previous iteration. Active Trace Control subtly applies the brakes to aid cornering, while Active Ride Control can tweak engine torque and brake pressure to smooth out the ride. Electric power steering has been tuned for greater response, and there's also been a focus on reducing cabin noise.