Major mid-life revamp for Nissan Micra
Nissan has significantly updated the Micra with a round of changes so wide-ranging they go well beyond what usually constitutes a mid-term facelift.
As well as a new look front and rear – complete with sheet metal changes – New Micra has been given a substantial interior makeover. There is new technology, a new centre console, new trim and new finishing touches.
Depending on trim level there’s an all-new communication centre with the latest state-of-the-art touchscreen navigation system now with a larger screen. On the exterior, additions include two bold new colours and new 15-inch and 16-inch alloy wheels.
Nissan has also expanded Micra’s choice of personalisation options designed to allow an owner to create their own unique Micra. The changes, allied to the model’s acclaimed performance and handling, boost and broaden the appeal of Nissan’s popular small car.
Among its features are its highly efficient direct injection gasoline-supercharged (DIG-S) petrol engine, its innovative, accessible and genuinely helpful Parking Slot Measurement, which helps guide the driver into tight parking spaces, and I-Key which delivers not just keyless entry but also keyless engine start.
New Micra’s most obvious changes are to the exterior. The entire ‘face’ has changed with a new grille re-establishing a stronger link to Nissan’s corporate look with the familiar circular badge ‘held’ within a chromed extended V-shaped motif..
A number of significant changes can be found inside too. The instrument graphics ahead of the driver have been improved for greater clarity, while there’s a totally new centre console with restyled air vents.
The interior has been enhanced with the use of gloss black finish on the centre console and a silver look to the gear selector finisher. The door armrests have been textured to give a higher quality appearance and there are new seat and door pad fabrics. Visia and Acenta grades have a durable tricot mesh woven fabric – a material often used for sports clothing – while top Tekna models have a suede-like fabric with double stitching.
The interior also now benefits from dash-mounted Aux-in and USB slots linked to all audio units while a 12v socket has been added, allowing mobile phones or MP3 players to be recharged on the move with ease.
All but entry-level Visia models benefit from audio equipment that has been better integrated into the centre console with matching gloss and matt black finishers as appropriate.
More significantly, New Micra benefits from the availability of the latest NissanConnect navigation and communication system, which has new features and a bigger 5.8-inch screen (up from 5-inches) with chromed controls.
But perhaps the biggest innovation is under the bonnet where one of the most efficient petrol engines in the world can be found, Nissan’s latest three-cylinder 1.2-litre direct injection gasoline supercharged (DIG-S) unit.
The range-topping DIG-S develops 98PS to provide exceptional performance and refinement with diesel-rivalling economy (68.9mpg combined) and emissions from just 95g/km. DIG-S engines also feature automatic stop/start when the car is stationary improving fuel economy by around four per cent.
There are three models in New Micra line-up starting with the entry-level Visia, then comnes the mid-range Acenta and finally Tekna versions which benefit from automatic air conditioning, NissanConnect, rear parking sensors, Parking Slot Measurement, 16-inch alloy wheels, suede-like seat fabric, automatic folding door mirrors and Intelligent Key with engine start button.
A panoramic glass roof is available as on option on Tekna grade.
“New Micra benefits from all the attributes of the current K13 model such as strong performance, handling and advanced technology, but with enhanced quality and a dynamic new look. The next chapter of the Micra story has begun,” said Helen Perry, Micra Product Manager for Europe.