Nissan’s compact Micra may be about to shake off the ‘cutesy’ look that has driven solid sales around the world since its first appearance in 1982.
The Micra, known in its homeland as the March, started life with the same boxy lines that dominated the ‘80s, before slowly growing into the bubble that we know now.
Now, Nissan has released the first teaser for a new compact concept dubbed ‘Sway’, offering a first look at what could be the fifth-generation Micra.
Today’s teaser is accompanied by a hint-filled question: “What would happen if we applied the same radical thinking and quality standards to one of the most important sectors in Europe: the small hatchback?”
“The Nissan Sway concept is a glimpse at how a future generation of small Nissan models could look if the company’s striking new design language was applied to a European hatchback,” the teaser adds.
The new Euro-market Pulsar hatch could also represent a first look at how the Sway might look in production, although it appears Nissan intends to push ahead with an even sharper language.
It’s clear from the single image that Nissan will evolve the look of its Sport Sedan concept - which later became the recently revealed new Maxima - introducing bold lines and hard angles across its design.
An all-new Micra is due to enter production sometime in the middle of 2016, so we can likely expect Nissan to reveal an even more evolved version of the Sway in the months ahead.
For now, keep an eye on TMR for the Sway’s debut at next month’s Geneva Motor Show.
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