The next-generation Nissan March (or Micra) has been spotted undergoing testing again. Unlike our earlier sighting of the global B-segment five-door hatchback, the prototype seen here sports camo work that is easier on the eyes.
As for the design, the Nissan March test mule shares very little in common with the current model. Sharper, sleeker and more aggressive than before, the car appears to take a page out of the Sway concept from last year’s Geneva Motor Show.
At the front, the relatively sleek headlamps (compared to the concept) meet up at the V-motion grille. Moving onwards, the March gets a sloping roofline, Honda HR-V-style rear door handles and a sharply raked rear hatch are just some of clear design highlights here. The test mule sports faux body panels to mask the car’s lines, but expect them to be prominent.
Our spy photographers also managed to capture the March from the rear as it is braking for a corner. From the look of things, the C-shaped tail lamps from the concept have been brought over, albeit less dramatically. A third and bumper-mounted brake light is visible as well. Unlike the concept and earlier spyshots however, the wild wheels aren’t fitted here.
The all-new March should ride on the Renault–Nissan Common Module Family platform, which will also be used for the next-gen Juke. Production of the European version of the March (known as the Micra there) is set to take place at Renault’s plant in France.
Expected to debut at this year’s Paris Motor Show, the all-new Nissan March will enter the market to compete against the likes of the Ford Fiesta, Honda Jazz and Mazda 2. Based on these spyshots, what do you think of the all-new March? The Almera is based on the current March, so this could preview what’s to come for the next-gen Almera too.
GALLERY: Nissan March prototype
GALLERY: Current Nissan March/Micra facelift
GALLERY: Nissan Sway Concept