Nissan Micra Overview
Value. It is what the Indian consumer is looking for. Whether it is the world’s cheapest car or the best car in the world, we want the most bang for our buck, and this is most apparent in our market’s fast-growing hatchback segment. There are two ways to approach the concept of ‘value’ – one, to offer a low price. Sure, there will be compromises on quality, but you essentially get more car for your money. The other is to provide extra features at the same price as the competition. Nissan had tried the former with the original India-spec Micra, but with the imminent launch of budget sub-brand Datsun, they’re taking the Micra brand to the place it usually occupies in the markets it is present in: the premium end of the hatchback segment. Check for car loan interest calculator.
Nissan Micra Look
The Nissan Micra hatchback looks pretty much the same as it was before. The egg-shaped styling continues to be part of the front façade. The boomerang-shaped bulgy headlamps blending with the bulgy bonnet makes the car look cool. The headlamps cluster also incorporates follow me Lights. The vehicle poses the same bolder aggressive looks with the v-shaped grille in line with the carmaker’s current design theme while the air dam is flanked by triangular breaks for the lamps.
At the sides, the car now gets ORVM turn indicators while it continues to sit on 8-spoke 15-inch alloy wheels. The CVT variant poses distinct look with the blacked out roof and a racing strip running down the length of the car. The alteration at the rear is also subtle with the new rear spoiler adding a dash of style. The car continues to sport the LED tail lights with the boot lid flowing perfectly into the rear bumper.
Nissan Micra Comfort
This is where the extent of the Micra facelift truly hits you – the interior has changed just as much as, if not more than, the exterior. Some of it is subtle – the seat fabrics have changed, as have the sun visors – and some of it will be noticed even before you settle in, like the new centre console and steering controls.
Slip into the driver’s seat, and the first thing that you’ll notice is that new center console. It’s now another shared part with the Sunny. The rectangular vents at the top look slightly out of place, but the chrome accents make it look more premium than before. It’s the same with the silver rings for the two remaining circular vents. The audio system has changed as well; the integrated unit that had no Bluetooth or USB connectivity and that made it very difficult to upgrade to a standard 1- or 2-DIN unit has been replaced by a standard 2-DIN head unit that has all connections that you could want, including aux, USB and Bluetooth. It is a simple-looking unit and it still isn’t one of the best in the segment but it gets the job done.
The climate control remains the same – the center console is finished in gloss black for the top-spec variants, and matt grey for the rest. I’m not sure I’d want a gloss black centre console, it is much too prone to fingerprints and scratches. Other differences discernible from the driver’s seat are the new fonts and positioning of the multi-function display. The fonts are clearer to read than before, and more pleasing to the eye. The XV variants also offer driver’s seat height adjustment now. The good bits like the six-step intermittent wiper speed, rear defogger, rear wiper and twin gloveboxes remain.
There is no change to the design of the cabin, so the space and comfort remain as good as before, but backseat occupants will be happy to hear that the front passenger seat back now has a pocket – giving the backseat occupant at least one place to stow things besides the sole cup holder in the centre. Check for Nissan Micra in Ubvvn
Nissan claims that NVH has been improved as well, but the only discernible change on our short drive was the engine note: a lot of harshness has gone from the petrol’s noise thanks to increased sound deadening in the firewall. The Micra now offers ABS on five out of seven variants, meaning that only the base models do not get the safety feature – a complete (not to mention welcome) turnaround from the previous one, where ABS was available only on the petrol XV. Get the automatic and you’ll even get four airbags, which is good, but not equal to the i20 auto’s six airbags.
Nissan Micra Gearbox
Nissan Micra continues to house the same set of petrol and diesel engine options. The 1.2L petrol engine makes 77PS and 104Nm of max torque, paired to CVT transmission. The car isn’t available with the petrol manual transmission which could be a disappointment for many. On the other hand, the 1.5L dCi 4-cylinder diesel mill produces 64PS and 160Nm of peak torque, paired to a 5-speed gearbox.The petrol version of Micra sports the same CVT transmission that is working in Sunny sedan. The performance isn’t bad at all and the gearbox has been tuned to adapt different driving styles, however, the focus remains clearly on deriving better fuel efficiency. The car does pulls better once the revs get past the 3500rpm mark, however, the open roads driving isn’t much exciting.
The diesel one has been reworked and the drivability has been improved from previous versions. The engine barely lags in cities and can easily pick up the speed in the third gear above 20kmph without any fuss. It feels like a naturally aspirated engine with the torque instantly available on tap.The car comes with respectable fuel efficiency, thanks to the fine-tuned engine petrol and diesel engines. Where the petrol automatic variant returns 19.15kmpl, the manual diesel version is able to deliver 23.19kmpl, certified by ARAI.
Nissan Micra Riding
The New Nissan Micra based on the new V platform really aims to deliver what Nissan engineers call the Micra DNA which consists of three key points – easy to drive and park, reliability and overall user friendliness. It’s a car that’s really designed to combat the heavily congested city streets and is designed to deliver a driving experience which is a little less stressful in the Micra. So to start with, all variants of the Micra (XE, XE Plus, XL and the top-of-the-line XV) all come with an electric assist power steering as standard which really does make driving in the city so much easier. It also adjusts for tilt across all models and comes with a driver’s side Airbag as standard too. However, only the top-end XV gets a front passenger Airbag. Visibility is excellent all around with a slim A-pillar and even when you look back there’s no obstruction from the C-pillar making the glass area almost wraparound like. The sideview mirrors (electric adjust and auto fold are only on the XV) are large and provide for good visibility and there’s not too much of a blindspot. Book Nissan Micra Test Drive.
The steering feels really good to hold and has grips on the 10/2 position and is slightly dished out. Although it feels great to hold, it does somewhat feels a tad too large. Even though the horn button on the steering is light and easy to use, we found that the horn itself is quite weak and the Micra desperately needs to have dual horns to cope with our country’s driving conditions. The instrument cluster is a fairly straightforward simple to read affair. There’s a speedometer that takes centerstage and the tachometer to its left. On the right of the speedometer are warning lights and a digital display which show the odometer and trip readings in addition to distance to empty and a real time fuel economy readout. This ‘Drive Computer’ as Nissan likes to call it, is a standard feature across all trim levels.
Nissan Micra Safety
Nissan Micra’s braking ability is moderate and the car stops in the straight line without any problem. This time around, the carmaker has upped the safety aspects. The new Nissan Micra comes with standard dual front airbags and rear parking sensors. Other variants include features such as Brake Assist, ABS with EBD, engine immobilizer, rear parking camera, central locking, rear wiper, automatic headlamps and rain sensing wipers. The vehicle also comes with aspects such as traffic sign recognition, intelligent lane intervention, speed warning device, high beam assist, intelligent emergency braking and blind spot warning.
Nissan Micra Price in Pune
Nissan Micra On-Road Price in Pune ranges from 6,79,448 to 9,22,700 for variants Micra XL CVT and Micra XV CVT respectively. Nissan Micra is available in 5 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Nissan Micra variants price in Pune. Check for Micra price in Pone at Autozhop.
Nissan Micra Bottomline
What Nissan had already managed with the Micra, was to provide a Comfortable, Spacious and fairly good looking car at a reasonable price. With the availability of an extremely fuel efficient and able Diesel engine, the proposition just gets better. The car rides and handles well and boasts of excellent fuel efficiency figures too. It has best in class features like the Intelligent Key & Engine Start Stop switch.
People have already taken well to the Petrol Micra and I don’t see why the Diesel variant should be any different. Of course, an XL variant costing around 5 lac Ex-showroom would have seen the Micra take a sizable chunk out of the Swift’s market share. Maybe they didn’t want volumes that they would probably not be able to manage. Nevertheless the sales chart looks promising and we just hope that Nissan can deliver the cars without a long waiting period.