Fresh off news that Mitsubishi is bringing a sedan version of its Mirage, called the G4, to this month's Montreal Auto Show, we now believe that another small car will be debuting for our small-car-loving friends to the north. Word is that Nissan will be bringing its compact New Micra to the Canadian show, as well. Slotting in just below the Versa Note hatchback in terms of both size and price, the Montreal debut should be followed up with an on-sale date in short order.

We've been hearing rumors that the New Micra would end up in Canadian dealerships for some time. At every turn, however, we've also heard that the Franco-Japanese hatch is not intended for sale in the US, and nothing in this latest report from Autos.ca would seem to indicate otherwise. As Autoblog sources are quick to point out, Nissan already has one of the least-expensive offerings in the US, the $11,990 Versa Sedan, and the Japanese automaker just doesn't see room underneath it for another model. Sorry, Yank.

UPDATE: As it turns out, our affiliates at Autoblog Quebec actually attended a pre-show launch party for the Canadian New Micra. In addition to snapping a gallery of photos of the car (see above), they also uncovered a few details.

The Micra will make use of the same, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine as the Nissan Versa, producing 109 horsepower. A four-speed automatic and a five-speed manual transmission will be available.
Autoblog Quebec speculates that the Micra will start between $11,000 and $12,000 (Canadian). What's more, Nissan has apparently adapted the car to the extreme cold weather of the region, doing more than 20,000 kilometers of testing in northern Quebec.


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      Pat
      • 11 Months Ago
      While it's safe to say that Canada is a more of a small-car market that the US and there always has been a few unique cars, I think that there's another reason lurking behind the introduction of the Micra and the Mirage. The Canadian Dollar! It's been pretty much on par with the US$ for the past 5 years but the Bank of Canada is working very hard to push it down to help the manufacturing sector. Whereas many cars today are +/-$1K the same price in Canada ... the prices are about to go up, big time! And, the same goes for fuel. Car companies will need cheaper cars to offset the rise in prices. To put this into perspective, I turned to my old Car guide books. In 2000 ... In Canada, a base Echo cost 14 835C$ while it cost 9 995U$ in the US In 2014 ... in Canada, a base Yaris cost 14 250C$ while it cost 14 430U$ in the US. In 2000, the C$ was worth 0,70U$.
      SpikedLemon
      • 11 Months Ago
      Please don't make it a penalty box on wheels. Please please please.
      Proudly
      • 11 Months Ago
      No problem, Canuck! No great loss.
      Bill
      • 11 Months Ago
      Not to go off topic but I wonder what ever happened to that cool "GEAR" 2-door Honda concept from last year's Montreal show?
      • 11 Months Ago
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        Pat
        • 11 Months Ago
        Seriously buddy ... do you like making stupid comments whenever there is talk of Canada?
          john96xlt
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Pat
          The topic being Canada has nothing to do with it, he makes stupid comments on virtually all articles.
      Dean
      • 11 Months Ago
      It's not my cup of tea, and if offered in the US market, I don't think I'd go for it, but there's always been something about the micro/kei cars that's caught, and kept my attention. A lot of them really look cool, interesting, and maybe even fun to drive. If offered for short rentals, I'd probably take the chance to drive one just to see what it's like.
        hemusbull
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Dean
        It never ever was a kei car, even overseas. Typical engine is 1 or 1.2 l in line four and overall the car is bigger than traditional Japanese kei car. Something more - it is compatable with other cars on the market here like new Mirage, Yaris, Fit or Aveo.
      john96xlt
      • 11 Months Ago
      Looks better than the Versa or Mirage, but that's not saying much.
      PiCASSO
      • 11 Months Ago
      Wow... el-cheepo interior... along last decade styling.
      Eggmania
      • 11 Months Ago
      this is the car that wishes you happy new year on the instrument cluster
      2o6
      • 11 Months Ago
      This is basically a Versa hatchback; it the Note and Versa sedan (sold as Sunny in other markets) are all on the same platform and have the same transaxle and engine. I don't have high hopes.
        aatbloke1967
        • 11 Months Ago
        @2o6
        They do use the same platform except the Note and Latio use an extended version of it. The Micra drives much more like a standard B-segment hatch as opposed to he Note - billed as an MPV - which drives much like a larger vehicle. The Micra has been a steady seller for several decades. It's not the leader of the pack, but it isn't a dud either.
      johnnythemoney
      • 11 Months Ago
      20.000 km is not testing, it's barely getting used to the car controls and buttons!
      th0mb0ne
      • 11 Months Ago
      I like that we're getting the Micra, but I prefer the look of the previous generation. This one feels a little more anonymous, where the previous one was an interestingly designer little car (especially from the back).
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