On the design front, the India-bound next-gen Micra will be identical to the globally sold model. But the hatchback is likely to get a minor facelift.
The European-spec Micra is based on the Nissan's V platform. But the India-spec model will be underpinned by the CMF A+ platform to keep the costs down. Localisation of components will also help in competitive pricing.
The CMF platform will also underpin the all-new Nissan Sunny, which will be revealed in 2018. The next-gen Micra and the all-new Sunny is likely to be equipped with the new 1.5-litre petrol engine.
The new 1.5-litre engine is also deployed in the recently launched Duster. The new petrol motor produces 106bhp. It is expected that Nissan will not offer a diesel variant of the Micra.
The transmission options on the next-gen Micra include a 5-speed manual gearbox and an optional X-Tronic CVT automatic gearbox. The currently sold Micra competes with the likes of Maruti Swift and Hyundai Grand i10.
The next-gen Nissan Micra is based on the Sway concept car. It features Nissan's V-motion grille design and looks aggressive. But it will be interesting to see how Nissan will slot the new hatchback in the price sensitive Indian market.