New Nissan March Spy-03

Yes, this is the next-gen Nissan March a.k.a. Micra on test in Europe and it looks radically different from the current car. It appears that Nissan has ditched the March’s cutesy image for a much sharper and sportier look for its global B-segment five-door hatchback.

A sloping roofline, Honda HR-V-style rear door handles that adjoin the window/C-pillar, and a sharply-cut rear hatch are among the details that can be seen on this heavily taped-up mule. Expect prominent lines on the March’s profile, too. Up front, one can almost make out the shape of the grille, which is a variation of Nissan’s V-Motion signature.

Nissan Sway Concept from Geneva 2015

It looks like the Nissan Sway concept from the 2015 Geneva Motor Show has survived the transition from showcar to production car largely intact. Even the design of the big wheels on this test mule look similar to the concept’s. The look is more edgy compared to bigger sibling Nissan Pulsar.

Great news, as a stylish and desirable March could tempt local handlers Tan Chong to consider assembling the car or bring it in via Thailand, if Nissan continues to produce the March there. India is a production hub for the model, but this new CMF platform car will also be made in France by a Renault plant, for Europe.

We’re expecting the next-gen Nissan March to debut later this year.

GALLERY: Current Nissan March/Micra facelift