Nissan will replace the Micra hatchback with an all-new electric model internationally. While the Nissan Micra was discontinued from India a few years ago, a replacement was introduced overseas, which will now see a successor in the form of an all-new CMF-BEV platform-based model.
- Nissan Micra to be replaced by electric model
- Will share platform with the Renault 5 EV
- No news on India entry
The Micra replacement will be based on a new EV platform shared with Renault, as part of a EUR 23 billion investment in electrification over the next five years announced by the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. The new Micra will share the planned new CMF-BEV platform with the upcoming Renault 5, the Alliance partners said in a joint announcement. The platform will launched in 2024 and can accommodate enough batteries to provide around 400km of range, according to the Alliance. It will eventually form the basis for 2,50,000 vehicles annually by the Nissan, Renault and Alpine brands.
The brands have also confirmed that this new platform would reduce costs by 33 percent and power consumption by 10 percent, compared to the current platform used by the Renault Zoe and the Nissan Leaf.
The CMF-BEV will be one of five electric platforms the Alliance will launch, a programme that was kicked off by the CMF-EV platform that underpins the delayed Nissan Ariya SUV and the new Renault Mégane E-Tech Electric for international markets.
The five platforms include one specific to vans, and the others for Japanese-style micro Kei cars and the budget CMF-AEV platform that underpins the Dacia Spring city car, which is similar to the Renault Kwid we get in India. According to the Alliance, the five platforms will underpin 35 new cars by 2030.
Nissan's chief operating officer, Ashwani Gupta, has said: “This all-new model will be designed by Nissan and engineered and manufactured by Renault using our new common platform, maximising the use of our Alliance assets while maintaining its Nissan-ness."
The three companies have sometimes struggled to find common ground in recent years, as they tried to align competing demands, but have now said that shared electrification goals would unite the three and increase common investment.
Renault-Nissan in India
While both brands are currently selling multiple vehicles in the Indian market, all are built in a single plant located near Chennai. India is also a major export hub for Renault and Nissan. As far as electric vehicles go, there is currently no news on either Renault or Nissan introducing one in India.