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2016 Paris Motor Show: 2017 Nissan Micra teased

By David Bonnici, 26 Sep 2016 Car News

If headlights are anything to go by, the new Nissan Micra appears to have ditched the bland.

Nissan Micra tease

THE 2017 Nissan Micra has been teased in a series of images confirming the Toyota Yaris fighter will be in for a significant makeover when it appears at the Paris Motor Show this week.

The images of the all-new 2017 Nissan Micra show a glimpse of its front and rear lights and part of the brand’s V-motion grille. 

The goggle-eyed headlights of the current Nissan Micra have been replaced by a slicker version which isn’t quite the teardrop shape as forecast through renderings based on a test car spotted in Spain earlier this year band the Sway concept unveiled in Geneva last year.

Nissan embedded the images in a 12-second video that shows the just two views, but cycles through a range of colours and ends with the words: “A revolution is coming …”  

Nissan Micra badge

Micra’s revolution from bland bubble car already seemed obvious with the prototype’s sloping roofline and wider, more sporting stance given to it via the new CMF-B platform that also underpins the Renault Clio.

The change can’t come quick enough for Nissan. The K14 Micra will be the fifth generation of its internationally successful but ageing small car, which was last updated in 2010.

It was a big seller in its class but was unlikely to maintain that success against revamped competitors such as the Volkswagen Polo, Mazda 2 leading Nissan Australia to drop it from its range in April this year.

Even if the new Micra does take the small-car world by storm, don’t expect it to reach our shores until late in 2018, with Nissan Australia admitting 2015 that we’ll be two about years behind Europe in receiving the new model, if at all.