EARLIER THIS MONTH, Nissan released a pair of stylised renderings that offered a glimpse at its upcoming global compact car mooted to succeed the Micra as the Japanese carmaker's entry-level offering.
Today, leaked images have surfaced, likely to be part of Nissan's patent and trademark application for the unnamed model, revealing the hatch's production styling.
Official information about the new model however is scarce and Nissan is, for now, keeping its cards close to its chest.
A short press release from Japan's number two carmaker earlier in the month said that the new compact will be released in Thailand in March 2010, suggesting it may be built alongside the Tiida at Nissan's plant in Samut Prakan.
No other specific launch dates were offered, but Nissan says the new global compact will be offered in over 150 countries.
There are some clues however about what we might expect under the bonnet. In July, Nissan announced the development of a new dual injector system for use in small capacity engines.
The first of its kind for mass-production in vehicle engines, the new fuel delivery system speeds up fuel vaporisation by using an injector for each port rather than one per cylinder. The result is a reduction in unburned fuel and hydrocarbon emissions.
Then, in August, Nissan engineer Tetsuya Takahashi said that the carmaker is investigating a return to forced induction, applying turbochargers to small capacity engines to compensate for the drop in displacement.
The current generation Nissan Micra was launched in 2003 (arriving in Australia in 2007), built on a platform developed with partner Renault.