Paris Motor Show LIVE: Nissan Micra image

The all-new subcompact Japanese has officially debuted in front of the worldwide audience of the French event – taking a new stylistic approach and laden with clever high tech.

The new generation of the B segment vehicle has decided to have lots to do with the Sway concept shown earlier this year during the Geneva Motor Show – albeit it has been toned down for the production version. The design still looks cool and Nissan doubled up by adding lots of intelligent driving technology into the segment. The new Micra has Lane Departure Prevention, Intelligent Emergency Braking, High Beam Assist, Blind Spot Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition, and Nissan’s Around-View Monitor – all technologies that were the panache of more expensive models. There are also interesting things such as a new Bose Personal sound system, and a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment display with Apple CarPlay.

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The Micra also benefits from Nissan’s Active Ride Control and Active Trace Control systems which should tone down understeer and allow the car to handle better. In Europe the Micra will be available with a 0.9-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine and a 1.5-liter diesel, both well known form within the group and packing 90 horsepower. Afterwards a base, naturally aspirated, 1.0-liter gasoline inline-three will be on point, with 75 hp. The old Continent gets the Micra starting March next year.