The future of the new Nissan Micra will be fully electric? It is likely that the Japanese carmaker will turn to its partner, Renault, to consider obtaining the Micra the recipe for a complete renewal.
The fifth generation of its competitor Ford Fiesta and Opel Corsa is not much of a commercial success, with sales falling from 86,000 units in 2017 to less than 40,000 in 2020.
Speaking to Auto Express, Nissan Europe chief Guillaume Cartier said the company is not yet ready to commit to the successor to the Micra and admitted that it is being investigated which parts of the Alliance the next generation of the model could rely on.
“Our priority today and in the near future is the Juke, Qashqai, X-Trail, Ariya crossovers and the new all-electric crossover (which will replace the Leaf),” he said. “It’s already five cars. Then for each car we have to make sure that we have enough engines to cover the production. We want to make sure that this core grows in sales volume per model.”
“We will then be using Alliance for our full range of light commercial vehicles (LCVs). But one issue remains open and that is the smallest model in our range. The point is to see how we can offer something, possibly with some cooperation, that will push customers to enter the brand and then continue from one model to another This is what we are looking at. That’s exactly the question we have to answer.” When asked directly if the model in question should be electric, Cartier said, “Yes, that’s a criterion.”
It seems almost certain that Nissan is talking to Renault to use the CMF-BEV architecture already designed for the Renault 5, which will replace the ZOE electric super-mini. This model is due to be launched in 2024, when the current Micra will have surpassed its usual seven-year life cycle.
This timetable will also be very close to the proposed date for the introduction of the Euro 7 directive, and Cartier said Nissan does not intend to invest in engines and vehicles to meet these standards. “Strategically we are betting on electromobility,” he said, “to the point that we are not investing in Euro 7.”