Nissan Micra Hatchback Overview

Nissan Micra Overview

The new Nissan Micra is the upgraded version with new styling and comfort features. The exteriors have been given a facelift with new headlamp design, front grille with chrome in V-shape, electrically-foldable ORVMs and new diamond-cut alloy wheels with eight-spoke design. The interiors have been given a new Piano Black finish, chrome accents and orange finishes in the top variant. The dual airbags, ABS with EBD and BA, steering-mounted audio controls, and push button start/stop have been introduced as a standard.Check for Micra On Road Price in Hyderabad at CarzPrice

Nissan Micra Exterior

There are many visible changes on the outside with the Micra now looking completely transformed. The changes are not drastic but have been very well executed giving the Nissan Micra quite some appeal. The headlights are now pulled back (in line with Nissan’s new signature headlights) and the grille gets a thick chrome bar. The bumpers are new as well and the front bumper gets chrome on the lower half, right below the number plate. The dimensions have changed due to the new bumpers, with the facelifted car being 45 mm longer, however the wheelbase remains the same.

Gone are the soft touches of the old Micra and you can truly appreciate the changes when you look at the old and new Micra simultaneously. Notice how the new car looks so fresh and contemporary even though the body structure remains unchanged. Other changes to the styling of the vehicle include a new hood and front fenders. The fog lights get a chrome surround but oddly front fogs are only standard on the XV premium variant. The side profile reveals the new alloy wheels while the rear now sports LED tail lights (a segment first) and a new bumper with aggressive cuts. The tail gate is now slightly longer with the addition of a plastic part.

Two new colours make their debut on the facelifted Nissan Micra, both of which suit the car quite well. Overall Nissan has got the styling update quite spot on, which manages to shed the feminine image of the car to a large extent.Nissan is offering the Micra in seven variants, just like the existing model. The new Micra gets three petrol variants and four diesel variants. The company has offered most features mid-level variant onwards (like iKey and ABS). However the lower variants don’t get alloy wheels and run on 14-inch rubber. The chrome on the bumper is missing on them as well (as can be seen in the above images). The rear spoiler, front fog lights, side airbags and reverse camera are part of optional equipment

Nissan Micra Interior

The changes continue on the inside as well. The design of the dashboard remains almost the same as before but Nissan has made changes to colours and added more features as well. Gone are the multiple colours on the dash, which are replaced with a single colour. The centre console is all new and features piano black finish which looks much better than the silver/grey console found in the old model. The centre AC vents are no longer round and are instead rectangular in shape. The company has added a sea of features like steering mounted audio controls, Bluetooth audio system, climate control, electrically adjustable and folding outside rear view mirrors, reverse parking camera, 4 airbags, etc (most of these features are standard on the top-end XV Premium diesel variant only). Chrome and silver inserts are present on the dash as well as the doors.

Nissan has reshaped the seats for better support and cushioning and you feel extremely comfortable inside the car. The Micra has a twin glovebox setup along with an open storage space in between, however lower variants surprisingly get a single glovebox. The power outlet is placed on the lower left side of the centre console, which is not very convenient for the driver or rear passengers to use. Right above the bottom glove box there are ports for USB and Aux. When you open them, the ports are not placed in the same order as its written on the flap, a minor irritant but something which can cause trouble when you are connecting your phone or USB in the night.

Space inside the cabin is generous, even though the exterior dimensions will make you think otherwise. Nissan claims the headroom is the highest in its class. The driver’s seat gets height adjust and there is plenty of room to seat four adults in good comfort. Quality inside is good and everything feels decently put together with no rattles or squeaks. The rear seat offers good legroom but under thigh support could be better. The boot is decently big (no 60:40 here) and there are quite a few storage areas in the cabin as well. However there is no seat pocket behind the driver’s seat even though it’s present behind the co-driver’s seat.

Nissan Micra Engine & Transmission

There are two engine options available, 1.2-litre petrol engine that produces about 75bhp of power and the other option is the 1.5-litre diesel engine. This mill produces about 65bhp of power. The petrol comes only with a CVT option and the diesel has a 5-speed manual.The New Micra will be available with a choice of two powertrains – a 1.2-litre petrol engine mated to X-Tronic CVT Automatic transmission, or a 1.5-litre diesel paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. The petrol engine no longer gets the manual version as that has been made available on the Micra Active itself.The ARAI claimed figured for the Micra petrol is 19.03km/l, while that for diesel is 23.08 km/l. In the real world, the Micra petrol will return close to 12km/l in the city and 15km/l on the highway. On the other hand, the diesel should retun about 18km/l in the city and 20km/l on the highway.

Nissan Micra Performance and Handling

The quick responsive engine, and the CVT transmission with smooth changing of the speed and torques at the wheel ensure a pleasant experience of the drive. The minimum turning circle radius of 4.65m and the electric power-assisted rack and pinion steering system with steering-mounted controls for the music system ensure a comfortable driving experience at all road conditions. The suspension system has McPherson Struts at the front and torsion beam suspension at the rear designed to absorb the maximum of road shocks, keeping the occupants at great comfort.

Nissan Micra Braking and Safety

The Nissan Micra features ventilated discs at the front and drum brakes at the rear, and ABS with EBD and BA assist for safe handling on slippery surfaces. The safety feature of driver airbag is available in all variants and co-passenger airbag is available in the top variant only. The other safety features offered include central locking, speed-sensing auto door lock, seat belt warning, low fuel warning and engine immobilizer for safety against theft attempts.

Nissan Micra Price

Nissan Micra Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 5,97,075/- (Micra XL CVT) to 7,34,531/- (Micra DCI XL Comfort). Get best offers for Nissan Micra from Nissan Dealers in India

Nissan Micra Verdict

The facelifted Nissan Micra is a step in the right direction. The Japanese automaker has worked on improving quite a few aspects of their entry level car, which has worked very well. The new Micra looks quite appealing both inside-out and comes loaded with a host of features. While the Nissan Micra is not very rich when it comes to dynamics, it does offer a good balance of ride and handling for city driving. The Micra has always been an excellent car for the urban run and the update only makes it better.

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