Nissan has been a friend of the car lover for a long time. European car makers seem to have an inability to make a fast car that’s just for driving. Yes, we’ve got the BMW M5 and the Mercedes GT. But these are first and foremost luxury cars, with super powerful and super expensive engines on the inside. Nissan, however, has always been far more interested in engineering fast cars without the luxury overhead. Granted its top-of-the-line GT-R is expensive. But it’s just about the best performance you can get for the money.

Now, though, something strange has happened at the company. Nissan has released a teaser of its upcoming Micra. And it looks as if it has the same Nismo DNA in its blood as the Nissan GT-R.

Like its Japanese rivals, Nissan is no stranger to building small city cars. For years, its lineup has been fronted by the Micra. The Micra has been stunningly disappointing for decades. But the new picture released by the company has created something of a stir. The new Micra is like nothing we’ve seen from Nissan in this space before. It’s aggressive, looks fast, and seems to have nothing to do with its predecessors at all.

2012_nissan_micra_k13_st_hatchback_2012-10-26The last generation of Micra was the sort of car you went for if you wanted low running costs and cheap car insurance. But slow sales and a flagging market share have led Nissan to revamp the design completely. The company has announced that “a revolution is coming.” And from the pictures we’re getting, it’s clear that they mean it. The car will be officially unveiled at the Paris Motor Show Next week.

The new Micra is set to be quite a different animal to the old model. It’s going to be both lower and wider than its predecessor. And, thanks to its increased length, it should also have more room for rear-seat passengers. The car is in keeping with much of the Nissan brand, retaining the V-shaped grille at the front. But the sleek headlight and angular lines give it a far more contemporary feel. It would look at home next to the Renault Clio and the Ford Fiesta, which can’t be said of earlier models.

Like its Japanese rivals, Nissan is no stranger to building small city cars. For years, its lineup has been fronted by the Micra. The Micra has been stunningly disappointing for decades. But the new picture released by the company has created something of a stir. The new Micra is like nothing we’ve seen from Nissan in this space before. It’s aggressive, looks fast, and seems to have nothing to do with its predecessors at all.

The last generation of Micra was the sort of car you went for if you wanted low running costs and cheap car insurance. But slow sales and a flagging market share have led Nissan to revamp the design completely. The company has announced that “a revolution is coming.” And from the pictures we’re getting, it’s clear that they mean it. The car will be officially unveiled at the Paris Motor Show Next week.

The new Micra is set to be quite a different animal to the old model. It’s going to be both lower and wider than its predecessor. And, thanks to its increased length, it should also have more room for rear-seat passengers. The car is in keeping with much of the Nissan brand, retaining the V-shaped grille at the front. But the sleek headlight and angular lines give it a far more contemporary feel. It would look at home next to the Renault Clio and the Ford Fiesta, which can’t be said of earlier models.

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Emily Muelford

Emily is a British writer whose love of car culture is augmented by a fascination with both the European and American automotive markets. Her perspective is uniquely fish and chips.

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