All-New Nissan Micra Gen5 Breaks Cover In Paris


Nissan's baby hatchback returns for a 5th generation, we caught up with it in Paris.

Nissan's small B-segment hatchback has been around for 30 years now, and we just took a look at the newest one wearing the nameplate, the Nissan Micra Gen5. We must say, it certainly looks less boring than the previous versions, but brilliant lighting, a show atmosphere and funky colors could be the reason. Still, it's really a handsome little car, having adopted the V-motion grille that links all the latest Nissans together, a sort of sign that they're part of the same family. The new dimensions seem spot on this time too.

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The appeal of the car will be the customisation, with 10 new colors to choose from and a host of interior and exterior options. Nissan tells us that there are no less than 125 possible style options. The smart interior sports a dashboard that Nissan calls a gliding wing design, reflecting the exterior paint color. It works well on this Energy Orange color, but from experience, darker colors will reflect passing street lights and be a distraction and brighter colors will see additions to your sunglasses collection. On this one the seats were also color-coded on the edges, a cool idea that gives the Gen5 that young and funky vibe, which is the point really, a way to attract younger buyers into the Nissan fold.

The Nissan Micra Gen5 won't be a boy racer favorite, Nissan seems to ignore the fact that B-segment buyers also want performance. It will be only available with two small engine choices for now, a 0.9-liter turbocharged three-cylinder gas engine as well as a 1.5-liter diesel, both of them push out a whopping 90 hp. In the near future there will also be a normally aspirated version. The range will be joined soon after by a naturallyaspirated 1.0-liter gas engine with all of 73 hp to play with. Come on Nissan, sort out a powerful hatch, you have all the Renault Clio RS bits in the parts bin just itching to wear the Nissan badge.

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