Nissan Micra | Car Rate

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

  • Nissan Micra

    The Nissan Micra has been in the Indian market for about three years now and sells in decent numbers.  However, things are now changing – major of their competitors have got facelifts or have been given major updates and the Micra sales have dropped to three digits in the last two months. Nissan will also launch a facelifted version of the hatchback soon; they have recently launched the refreshed version in the Thai market recently. 

    The facelifted Nissan Micra has mostly got cosmetic changes both on the Inside and outside. While maintaining the same overall design, Nissan has managed to remove a lot of the rounded edges that defined the previous car and according to many gave it a slightly feminine look.

    On the front Nissan has revised the grille – it now has a honeycomb design and features a Nissan logo surrounded a V-shaped trough. This is similar to the grille and logo found on the Juke crossover. The bumper has also been revised and now features new fog lamps as well as a redesigned air dam.
    At the back, the hatchback has refreshed the bumper as well as the tail light cluster which now features LEDs. The Micra also gets a rear spoiler as well as a new design for the alloy-wheels.

    Inside, the new Micra gets a refreshed centre console which has now been finished in a glossy black colour and has complementing silver accents.  The bulby Nissan interiors are missing. The central AC vents have now been given a rectangular shape and the graphics for the multifunction display have also been changed.  The car that has been featured on Nissan’s official Thai website also gets new set of plastics on the dashboard as well some new shades for the upholstery.  

    The underpinnings and engine line up remain exactly the same as that of the current Micra.  This means a 1.2-litre petrol engine producing between 56 and 76bhp and 104Nm of torque or the 1.5-litre diesel mill producing 64bhp and 160Nm of torque will do the duty for the car. Power is transmitted to the front wheels via five-speed manual gearbox. 

    However, the car that has been featured on the official website is the AT variant with Nissans very own X-Tronic CVT gearbox that made its Indian debut with Scala Automatic.  Nissan has confirmed that the Micra automatic will make its Indian debut within the next few months. There is a possibility that Nissan will introduce the AT variants of the Micra with the facelift
    Since the Japanese automaker’s Chennai plant is one of the facilities around the world where the Micra is manufactured, we can expect that Nissan will bring the facelifted Micra here within the next few months with a slight change in prices. 

    It is also likely that the older model will continue in a low cost watered down version in a bid to make the Micra appealing to a wider range of buyers. This low cost variant has been spotted testing near the Chennai facility and should make its debut around the same time as the facelifted version.

    Expected Launch: June 2013
    Expected Price: Rs. 4-6.50 lakhs


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