You may not know this, but the Nissan March (known as the Nissan Micra in Europe and the West) is one of Nissan’s most popular model. Over 7 million units of the March have been sold worldwide since 1983, half of which were sold in Europe alone.
According to Nissan, the new March is among the lowest and widest B-segment hatchbacks around, and it has a best-in-class drag coefficient of 0.29! LED daytime running lights are standard across the range, but the full LED headlamps are optional. Halogen reflectors are standard here. Wheel sizes vary from 15- to 17-inches, and there’s a total of five trims: Visia, Visia+, Acenta, N-Connecta and Tekna.
Customers have up to 10 choices of colours, three of which – Energy Orange, Pulse Green and Passion Red – come with ‘tinted clear coat’ technology for a truly vibrant finish, a first for Nissan.
Inside, the March receives an incredibly good looking steering wheel, albeit looking a lot like Mazda’s. The cabin has a two-tone finish, with great emphasis paid to enhance improve sound deadening. In fact, Nissan claims that the March has best-in-class ‘eyes off the road’ time. Boot capacity is 300 litres, expandable to 1,004 litres with the rear bench folded down (60:40 split). Interestingly, customers can opt for the BOSE Personal audio system that comes with speakers built into the driver seat’s headrest!
As for the oily bits, three engines will be offered: a naturally aspirated 1.0-litre making 71 hp and 95 Nm of torque, a 0.9-litre turbo gasoline engine with 90 hp and 140 Nm of torque or the 1.5-litre turbodiesel churning 90 hp and 220 Nm of torque. All engine variants get paired to a five-speed manual transmission driving the front wheels. Additional engines and automatic transmissions will be announced at a later date.
The new Nissan March/Micra will be produced at the company’s plant in Flins, France, which is operated by their partner Renault.