All-New Nissan Micra Goes On Sale In Europe In March, Not In Canada Anytime Soon

Timothy Cain
by Timothy Cain
all new nissan micra goes on sale in europe in march not in canada anytime soon

Remaining relatively faithful to the Sway Concept from last year’s Geneva Motor Show, Nissan unveiled the fifth-generation Micra at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, more than six years after the fourth-generation Micra arrived.

Directed at the European market, which Nissan says is the world’s largest market for hatchbacks, the Micra is not at all intended for sale in the United States. But what about Canada, where Nissan has racked up 27,000 Micra sales in 29 months and the Micra is the brand’s second-best-selling passenger car?

“We don’t have current plans to announce for Micra in Canada for now,” Nissan Canada’s director of corporate communications, Didier Marsaud, told TTAC in an email today. “But Micra remains an important product in our portfolio in the Canadian market.”

So he’s saying there’s a chance.

The 2017 Nissan Micra adopts the Juke’s trick of hiding rear door handles in the C-pillars, but there’s no mistaking the fact the new Micra is a four-door hatchback. Modern Nissan cues abound, from the grille we’ve already seen on the updated 2017 Rogue to the beltline that kicks up at the C-pillar in Murano fashion.

Inside, Nissan claims to have lowered the driving position — you always sat on, rather than in, the fourth-gen Micra — and expanded the cabin overall. Nissan will allow formerly high-end kit to trickle down into its B-segment hatch: lane departure prevention, intelligent emergency braking, an Around View monitor, auto high beams, blind spot monitoring, an available Bose sound system, and a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay. Nissan says Active Ride Control and Active Trace Control will provide improved ride quality and reduce understeer while a brushless electric power steering system, Nissan claims, will enhance steering feel.

Early engines include a gas-fired 0.9-liter turbo triple and a 1.5-liter diesel with 90 horsepower apiece. Nissan will then add a 73-horsepower 1.0-liter gas engine to the mix.

Presently, Nissan Canada’s Mexican-built Micra operates with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder producing 106 horsepower.

Spartan in every sense of the word, the base 2016 Micra is priced from CAD $11,588 including freight and PDI, an unlikely price point for this all-new 2017 French-built Micra were it to arrive on this side of the Atlantic. Given Nissan’s tendency to allow models to live for eons south of the Rio Grande, it seems likely that Nissan Canada — particularly given the statement from the company’s spokesperson — will allow the current Micra to forge on for the time being.

Yet with Nissan returning the Micra to eye-catching status, a corner of the B-segment where the Micra hasn’t lived since the third-gen model brought its froggy look to market, Canadians can look forward to the possibility of a fifth-generation Micra arriving. Later, rather than sooner.

[Images: Nissan UK]

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  • Sector 5 Sector 5 on Sep 30, 2016

    CVT ideal for this small car. Should keep the hwy rpms nice & low. The Canadian Micra blessed with ancient 4spud. Not keen on French build quality. Really shows in the Yaris hatch. It's really down to cost of AquaS. getting a powertrain for the Canadian market.

  • Mchan1 Mchan1 on Sep 30, 2016

    Looks like a very small and Cramped hatchback. Wonder if a 6ft+ could fit? The picture of the front section makes it look very cramped! The rear design makes it look like it has a very limited rear and side views.

  • Denis Jeep have other cars?!?
  • Darren Mertz In 2000, after reading the glowing reviews from c/d in 1998, I decided that was the car for me (yep, it took me 2 years to make up my mind). I found a 1999 with 24k on the clock at a local Volvo dealership. I think the salesman was more impressed with it than I was. It was everything I had hoped for. Comfortable, stylish, roomy, refined, efficient, flexible, ... I can't think of more superlatives right now but there are likely more. I had that car until just last year at this time. A red light runner t-boned me and my partner who was in the passenger seat. The cops estimate the other driver hit us at about 50 mph - on a city street. My partner wasn't visibly injured (when the seat air bag went off it shoved him out of the way of the intruding car) but his hip was rather tweaked. My car, though, was gone. I cried like a baby when they towed it away. I ruminated for months trying to decide how to replace it. Luckily, we had my 1998 SAAB 9000 as a spare car to use. I decided early on that there would be no new car considered. I loathe touch screens. I'm also not a fan of climate control. Months went by. I decided to keep looking for another B5 Passat. As the author wrote, the B5.5 just looked 'over done'. October this past year I found my Cinderella slipper - an early 2001. Same silver color. Same black leather interior. Same 1.8T engine. Same 5 speed manual transmission. I was happier than a pig in sh!t. But a little sad also. I had replaced my baby. But life goes on. I drive it every day to work which takes me over some rather twisty freeway ramps. I love the light snarel as I charge up some steep hills on my way home. So, I'm a dyed-in-the-wool Passat guy.
  • Paul Mezhir As awful as the styling was on these cars, they were beautifully assembled and extremely well finished for the day. The doors closed solidly, the ride was extremely quiet and the absence of squeaks and rattles was commendable. As for styling? Everything's beautiful in it's own way.....except for the VI's proportions were just odd: the passenger compartment and wheelbase seemed to be way too short, especially compared to the VI sedan. Even the short-lived Town Coupe had much better proportions. None of the fox-body Lincolns could compare to the beautiful proportions of the Mark was the epitome of long, low, sleek and elegant. The proportions were just about perfect from every angle.
  • ToolGuy Silhouetting yourself on a ridge like that is an excellent way to get yourself shot ( Skylining)."Don't you know there's a special military operation on?"
  • ToolGuy When Farley says “like the Millennium Falcon” he means "fully updatable" and "constantly improving" -- it's right there in the Car and Driver article (and makes perfect sense).