Having spent years making popular, if dull, versions of their Micra supermini, which were sometimes pretty but rarely exciting to drive, Nissan has upped the ante which the latest version of the car which will go on sale here in April.
Previous iterations of the Micra might have suited an older brand of clientele, but rarely has the Micra excited any passion in the more important ‘yoof’ market, particularly in the light of the strides made by such as Mini, Fiat and others in terms of the sort of ‘individualisation’ people can build into their cars.
That has now changed radically and, along with a fairly edgy new exterior look, Nissan hopes to have addressed whatever problems the Micra might have had with the broad appeal of the car.
And with a bunch of new technologies on board, the new Micra should be equipped fully to take a serious chunk of its’ market segment, a matter helped greatly by the starting price of €16,650.
Nissan tells us the new Micra will be available with three responsive and efficient engines at launch two of them petrol (a 900cc three cylinder turbo and a one litre) and one diesel (a 1.5 litre turbo-diesel). There will be four grade options: XE, SV, SV Premium and SVE.
The range will start from €16,650 for what is said to be a generously specified base 1.0 litre XE model and span up to €22,650 for the 1.5 litre diesel SVE version.
Interestingly, an increment of €1,000 will be charged for customers wishing to opt for the 0.9 litre turbo-petrol engine over the 1.0 litre naturally aspirated petrol and a further increment of €2,000 for the 1.5 litre diesel engine.
Standard specification in Micra XE grade includes 15-inch steel wheels with covers, LED daytime running lights, electric door mirrors with integrated turn signals, electric front windows, rear spoiler, Hill Start Assist, trip computer with gear-shift indicator and outside temperature read-out, manual air conditioning, height-adjustable driver’s seat, rake/reach adjustable steering wheel and a two-tone dashboard.
Pricing for the XE grade starts at €16,650.
Moving up and the SV grade cars adds 16-inch Alloy wheels, 7” display audio system, cruise control, chrome interior door handles and gear shift surround, SV black and grey cloth trim and the pricing here starts at €17,450.
SV Premium grade cars come with leather steering wheel, privacy glass, front fog lamps, LED ambient lighting, auto air conditioning, rain sensors and Nissan Connect. It can be purchased from €19,450.
At the top end, the SVE grade adds 17” alloys, Nissan Intelligent Key with engine start button, rear view camera with rear parking sensors, a Bose personal audio system with six speakers, ‘Safety Pack’, leather steering wheel and gearshift, three rear headrests and SVE black and grey cloth trim. The SVE grade starts from €20,650 on a 0.9-litre petrol engine.
A line on the Bose sound system is worth noting — it utilises six strategically placed speakers including two in the driver’s headrest and, combined with proprietary digital signal processing, is said to deliver an “immersive, personalised listening experience” for new Micra drivers.
The catch? The system will add €500 to the overall cost.
On the individualisation front, customers can make the all new Nissan Micra their own by choosing from some 65 exterior and interior personalisation combinations.
Interior personalisation options start from €400 and Exterior personalisation kits which include 17” alloy wheels as standard cost €1,000.
This is a car we are really looking forward to driving and as soon as we do, we will report faithfully on the outcome.
Watch this space.
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