New B-segment small car offers cool style and lots of tech, but still isn't bound for the U.S.

When we first saw the Nissan Sway concept at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, we knew it'd eventually come to life as the next-generation Micra hatchback. So here we are in Paris, and here's the new Micra. Surprise, surprise – there's a lot of Sway influence here, albeit toned down for production guise. Plus, the new Micra takes a lot of Nissan's intelligent driving technology and brings it down to B-segment size.

Lane Departure Prevention, Intelligent Emergency Braking, High Beam Assist, Blind Spot Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition, and Nissan’s Around-View Monitor – all of these are found on the tiny new Micra. Safety aside, a couple of other neat tech goodies are available, including a new Bose Personal sound system, and a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment display with Apple CarPlay.

2017 Nissan Micra Paris Motor Show
2017 Nissan Micra Paris Motor Show
2017 Nissan Micra Paris Motor Show

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There’s some new driving tech on hand, as well. Nissan brings its Active Ride Control and Active Trace Control systems down to the Micra, which are said to reduce understeer and sharpen overall handling. When it launches in Europe, Nissan will offer both a 0.9-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine, as well as a 1.5-liter diesel, both producing 90 horsepower. Following that, a naturally aspirated, 1.0-liter gasoline inline-three will be offered, with 75 hp.




European sales will begin in March 2017, in Europe. And while the Micra will be sold in various markets around the world, it's still not coming to the United States – Nissan officials confirmed this when asked. The reason? We already have the larger Versa Sedan as the entry into the Nissan brand, and the Micra would cost just as much for less space and less power. It just doesn't make a whole lot of sense, even if this little five-door is far more attractive and interesting.

Scroll down for even more details on the fifth-generation Micra, in the press blast. See it for yourself in the full gallery below, as well.

Source: Nissan


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