2017 Nissan March – fifth-gen officially revealed


The fifth-generation Nissan March (aka Micra) finally makes its global debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, and has undergone what the carmaker calls a “complete redefinition.” Judging by the way it looks, which is miles apart from the predecessor, we think they have a point.

If you loved the Sway concept from last year’s Geneva Motor Show, you’ll be glad to know that Nissan has kept the edits reasonable for the final production car. At the front, the V-motion grille is smaller than on the concept, and the aggressive-looking fog lamp enclosures have been toned down as well.

However, the former still meets up with the distinctive character line that starts from the edge of the contoured hood, continuing over the new jewel-like headlamps, under the side mirrors, through the front door handles and on to the taillights.

The profile also appears largely unchanged from the concept as well, with the same blacked-out C-pillar to create a “floating roof” look. The same “kink” near said pillars are also retained here, with the rear door handles positioned near them.


As for the rear, the March gets boomerang-shaped taillights, which differ from the slim units found on the concept. The oversized exhausts have also been done away with, replaced with a black trim piece and a larger rear fog lamp. While the shape of the hatch is reminiscent of the concept, it has been resized to accommodate the changes.

It’s much the same story on the inside as well, where the previous “roundish” dashboard has replaced for something more contemporary in terms of looks. From the driver’s seat, there is a new instrument binnacle with bright dials and a multi-info display, along with a steering wheel that looks to be taken from the new Serena.

Progressing further, the centre air-con vents are now trapezoidal in shape compared to the round one of the previous car, and the centre stack merges seamlessly into the centre console, displacing the previous car’s cupholders to a new position beside the handbrake. Plenty of soft-touch materials as well.

Other changes include new air-con switchgear below the larger 7.0-inch infotainment unit. The latter comes with connectivity features most would expect (Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, etc.), and is paired with a six-speaker Bose sound system, where there are speakers built into the driver seat headrest

All in all, when placed alongside its softer-looking predecessor, the new March is certainly a visual revolution, and if you remove the badges, some might be tricked into thinking they aren’t from the same family nameplate. However, it isn’t just the looks that have changed either.

The new March rides on the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s Common Modular Family (CMF-B) platform, which makes its wheelbase 75 mm longer compared to the previous model (2,525 mm). Elsewhere, it measures 3,999 mm long (+174 mm), 1,743 mm wide (+77 mm) and 1,455 mm tall (-55 mm).


Nissan also says the fifth-gen March gets the carmaker’s Active Ride Control for enhanced ride comfort, and Active Trace Control for reduced understeer and sharper handling (as found on the Qashqai and X-Trail). Additionally, noise insulation and optimisation of the car’s aerodynamic performance have also been done. That sleek shape you see contributes to a drag coefficient of just 0.29.

For power, the March can call upon three engines – a 0.9 litre HR09DET three-cylinder turbo petrol (90 hp/140 Nm with +10 Nm over boost), 1.0 litre BR10DE three-cylinder NA petrol (73 hp/95 Nm) and a 1.5 litre K9K four-cylinder turbodiesel (90 hp/220 Nm). All three engines are mated to a five-speed manual as standard but an optional CVT will be available in the future.

As for safety and driving assist features, the Nissan Intelligent Driving suite is standard on the March. Features include Lane Departure Prevention, Intelligent Emergency Braking with pedestrian recognition, Intelligent Around View Monitor, Traffic Sign Recognition, High Beam Assist and Blind Spot Warning. The new Nissan March will be built in Europe at the Renault plant in Flins, France, as part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Sales will start in Europe from March 2017. How much do you want this B-segment hatch to be sold here in Malaysia?

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Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.



  • azhar on Sep 29, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    P1 Iriz >> all

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  • ETCM SUCKS on Sep 29, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Arriving in Malaysia by 2030

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  • Anything But P1, Greedy P2 on Sep 29, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Lets hope Renault (owns Nissan) buys over Proton and assemble this car to compete with Perodua and kiss Tan Chong goodbye

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  • LeeSH on Sep 29, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    wow, tan chong please bring this into malaysia

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  • Fairuz on Sep 29, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Selling below RM70k in 95% of the countries worldwide but once arrived at Malaysia, price suddenly becomes RM118,888. All thanks to that idiot Proton creator who started all these mess!!!!!

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  • FIST (Member) on Sep 29, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    Now why didn’t ETCM bring these type of models instead of the boring almari?

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  • Moving Forward on Sep 29, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Would like to own the diesel variant mated to stick shifter. But I bet we will never see the light here thanks to 1. Conservative ETCM 2. Small demand for stick shifter in MY land

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  • TheDean on Sep 29, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    This marks as a brave move by Nissan, unlike its cousins. Design is very akin to Citroen’s: confident in being radically different. If it’s sold here for 60k, I’d get one.

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    • Kenny T on Sep 29, 2016 at 10:07 pm

      Wishful thinking. For 60k u can only get the highest spec Iriz. Don’t even bother thinking about this.

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  • old horse on Sep 29, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    Nissan has all the models to challenge local market and their reliable (sometimes boring) have supporter.
    Now they make it more trendy and definitely can sell.

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  • altimatesss on Sep 30, 2016 at 12:27 am

    Seeing a car with “manual tranny first” after a long time.. Been contemplating getting a car with manual transmission as I miss them so much.. this could be it.. come on ETCM, bring this in please..

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  • Pauline on Sep 30, 2016 at 1:27 am

    tail lights from Focus?

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  • passion on Sep 30, 2016 at 9:05 am

    gorgeous nissan. wow. looks like the new pug 308.
    so they know how to design cars. the designer of the almera and sylphy must have been fired by now.

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  • Bernard on Sep 30, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Usually cars like these are not sold here.

    If Nissan bring it in and sell it below 50k, it will be a best seller.

    Possible in Bolehland??

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    • iwouldtotally on Sep 30, 2016 at 12:21 pm

      sell it below 50k ? proton confirm close shop.

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    • Impossible below rm50k la… ==
      If price range in between rm70-80k, i might consider

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  • office boy1 on Sep 30, 2016 at 10:47 am

    March or Note? very close

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  • Nizzan on Oct 02, 2016 at 5:08 pm


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  • hamas on Oct 26, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Please bring this car to Malaysia!
    Then give 20k discount, sure people will buy!

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