Nissan’s new Sway concept could hint at upcoming Micra

Nissan has unveiled an all-new concept model ahead of the Geneva Motor Show next month that could pave the way for the next-generation Micra.

Named the Sway, Nissan has so far only released a teaser picture of the new concept, but already it looks a lot different to the current Micra supermini thanks to a new design language.

New design language

The Sway features an impressively bold front end, with a large centre grille, deeply contoured bonnet and wings and a set of aggressively angled LED daytime running lights to cap it off.

While it’s not officially confirmed that the Sway is creating the path for a new Micra, Nissan does say that it’s a glimpse of how future small Nissan hatchbacks could look with the new design.

Apparently, the plan is to take the same design hints from Nissan’s popular Qashqai and Juke crossovers, then apply the “innovative design and product planning” to smaller cars.

Last year, Nissan announced its return to the family hatchback segment with the introduction of the Pulsar hatchback, and as it’s been a while since the last Micra, it’s high time a replacement arrived.

The current generation Micra was facelifted in 2013, but compared with many of its rivals in the competitive supermini class it has started to feel a bit dated and old hat.

With the introduction of the Pulsar to tackle family hatchback rivals like the Ford Focus, Nissan will naturally be turning its attention towards tackling supermini class leaders like the Fiesta.

New Micra to be built by Renault

It has already been confirmed that the next Micra will be built in Renault’s factory in France, meaning that any upcoming Micra will be based on the Clio thanks to Renault-Nissan’s alliance.

Nissan hasn’t yet revealed exactly when the new Micra will arrive, but seeing as the Sway concept is due to debut soon, it’s probable that the next-generation Nissan supermini could land next year.

The new Nissan Sway concept is due to be publicly unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show early next month, while the current Nissan Micra is available to buy now, priced from £9,950.