2024 Nissan Micra EV to possibly get hot Nismo version
The replacement for the Micra supermini will go fully electric, with cute, retro styling and possible hot Nismo version previewed by 20-23 Concept
- Up to 250-mile range
- Will share the same underpinnings as the new Renault 5 EV
- Potential ‘hot’ Micra could also be in the works
The Nissan Micra is set for a refresh in 2024, and our exclusive image shows what the new model could look like. It is unclear whether the new car will continue the Micra namesake, but it is confirmed to be an electric, retro-styled supermini to rival the latest Fiat 500.
Retro superminis such as the Honda e and the Ora Funky Cat are incredibly popular right now and it seems Nissan wants to jump on this trend. As you can see from our render, the replacement for the Nissan Micra will adopt a cutesy round headlight design; as shown previously in teaser photos. Curvy bodywork will aid efficiency and range; plus, the inclusion of rear doors will make the Nissan more practical than the similarly-sized MINI Electric.
As Nissan and Renault are part of an alliance, the Micra successor will share its platform with the upcoming Renault 5 EV. While either is yet to be fully revealed, both cars are confirmed for release in 2024. The new Renault 5 is rumoured to offer 40kWh and 52kWh battery options, with the latter said to serve up to 250 miles of range. If the Micra gets these two versions, the 40kWh option will be the cheaper of the two.
There’s definitely scope for a hot Nismo variant of the next Micra, with the closely-related Renault 5 set to get a hot Alpine version set to take on a hot JCW version of the next MINI Cooper and an expected GTI version of the Volkswagen ID.2 EV.
The Micra Nismo's design could mirror some of the racy styling previewed by the Nissan Concept 20-23. Although the Concept is merely a one-off design exercise, it bears some similarities with what we expect of the new Micra, sharing its expected design language, albeit with the addition of a large spoiler, exaggerated bodykit and just three doors, compared to the production car’s four.
On the inside, the Concept 20-23 has adopted a yoke-style steering wheel and physical switchgear along the centre console, although it’s unknown how much of this would make a production version.
Prices are yet to be revealed, but the standard Micra will remain as the entry-point to the Nissan range. Renault is targeting a price of less than £30,000 for the reborn 5, so it’s likely that Nissan will look to sell the Micra for a similar price.
The new electric Nissan supermini, which may or may not be called the Micra, will be built in Renault’s ‘ElectriCity’ factory in France.
The outgoing Nissan Micra looked set to challenge the Vauxhall Corsa and Volkswagen Polo by offering good value, lots of equipment and sporty looks. Unfortunately for Nissan, it hasn’t managed to knock the class leaders off their perches, so it will look to steal a march by fitting an electric powertrain.
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