The next-generation Nissan Micra has been spotted in southern Europe doing a spot of hot weather testing.

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This latest prototype has shed all of the earlier car's bubble-like disguise elements, giving us a much clearer look at the car's design.

Gone is the cutesy styling that has been a hallmark of the Micra for much of its lifespan. As spy photos in March have already revealed, the new Micra will be a toned down version of the 2015 Sway concept, which featured boldly creased lines.

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Up front we can see that the new Micra will feature a version of the company's 'V-motion' grille design. Along the sides there's an upswept window line, with the rear doors featuring handles hidden in an Alfa Romeo 156-like manner.

Nissan has already revealed that the new Micra will be made alongside the Renault Clio and the Zoe electric hatch at the French car maker's plant in Flins, outside of Paris. Production of the fifth-generation city hatch will begin by the end of 2016.

It's widely expected that the new Micra will make its debut at the Paris motor show, which starts at the beginning of October.

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The Micra was axed from Nissan's Australian lineup in May because "there is no longer an adequate business case for offering Micra".

In 2015, Micra sales fell by almost 47 percent to 1165, but heavy discounting this year saw sales increase 120 percent prior to the car's axing from the local market.

Earlier this month, Nissan Australia told CarAdvice that it had “no information” as to whether the new generation Micra will be offered down under.