We take a closer look at Nissan's stylish new B-segment hatch.

It’s small, it’s stylish, and it debuts in Paris with an aggressive new look. It’s the fifth-generation Nissan Micra, a B-segment hatchback that brings with it some intelligent driving tech and efficient powertrain choices.

If you remember the Nissan Sway concept from this year’s Geneva Motor Show, the new Micra will look very familiar. The new car far more aggressive than the current, bubbly hatchback, with Nissan’s V-motion grille making a bold statement up front, not to mention the strong crease down the body side. The squared-off rear end with the integrated roof spoiler looks cool, as do the rear door handles hidden in the C-pillars.

A trio of small gasoline and diesel engines will be available, with outputs rating from 75 to 90 horsepower. Don’t think that’ll be enough to satisfy North American tastes? Well, that won’t exactly be an issue…

In Canada the current Micra uses a 109 horsepower motor borrowed from the larger Versa Note, something we expect would happen again when the new Micra launches here. And as before, the Micra won’t be coming to the U.S. The 2017 Micra goes on sale in Europe starting in March of next year, and there is no word yet on when it'll be available in Canada.

 

 

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