Nissan Micra

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Nissan Micra

What we

More rounded line-up

… styling; better levels

Same competitive

Not so much

1.2 model will city duties only

… And wait for supercharged version

No control

OVERVIEW

Big things small packages

The fourth of Nissan’s popular micro car to do better than all previous Rather than simply a mostly compromised (for buyers at least) option, Australia has taken its smallest more seriously this And expects serious sales to

Nissan Australia is on a quest to our biggest importer; aiming to Mazda and Honda by 2013 and sales by 70 per cent. A significant of those extra sales come from the new Micra’s alone, according to Nissan MD Dan Thompson. In fact, the company to more than double best-ever monthly tally (in this year, while in ) to around 2000.

That’s a big but despite being offered with automatic transmission and one option the K12 Micra has been a seller locally.

The new lineup will be available December 1, with manual or and a choice of two engine options; claiming competitive output and figures.

PRICE AND EQUIPMENT

through new specs

Starting for the new five-door hatch is less the outgoing K12 model, simply the range now includes an entry-spec offering.

Now with three levels and auto or manual the new Micra lineup starts at for the five-speed manual 1.2-litre or $14,990 with four-speed transmission. The mid (ST-L) and higher spec models are equipped the 1.5-litre four-cylinder, for $14,990 and respectively. Like the ST, add $2000 for the

Along with more styling, the new Micra is equipped ‘grown-up’ features more added to cars in larger, expensive segments. The proximity key for the models, for example, is nice for a option and the (range-wide) standard-fit and trip computer are decent Consumption can be displayed as a rolling or a by-trip overall consumption

The driver info system also remind you of anniversaries and

Base-model Micras have and good safety kit (see but only the front windows are operated; a common fit in bargain cars. Stepping up to the ST-L power windows all around, and (low-light activated) headlights.

Ti include reversing sensors, storage space for a (small) or laptop, foglights and electric mirrors.

MECHANICAL

Two choices; frugal

The range now includes two options and, helpfully, the of manual or continuously variable

The 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine is According to Nissan’s figures, the triple uses 5.9L/100km if with the manual or 6.5L/100km automatic. The results have Nissan its first five-star Vehicle Guide rating.

The four-cylinder engine wants with manual or 6.6L/100km auto.

A more powerful, injection supercharged three-cylinder is also under consideration for the range but it will not be released 2011. The supercharged engine has power and 142Nm torque, and claims emissions will be 100g/km.

ST models come 14-inch steel wheels; the gets 15-inch versions and the Ti runs on 15-inch alloys. spares come standard all grades.

Micra’s suspension — front end and rear torsion — was tuned to cope both the smooth roads of and the sometimes rough conditions of emerging markets. Apparently new(ish) frontiers for Nissan India also works for Australian road conditions.

Space savings

The fourth-generation uses an all-new ‘V’ versatile) platform designed for efficiencies (fuel consumption and via weight savings and reduction in complexity, which in turn has production costs.

The platform the first shared B-segment used by the K12 Micra and Tiida, and the (Renault-Nissan Alliance) C-segment for Dualis, Megane and Koleos. Micras will be built in

New Micra is longer than the model (by 61mm) and slightly wider. The roof uses shaped contours that as a unique styling feature and to reduce cabin resonance, a built-in lip spoiler was included for aerodynamics. The car’s underbody was designed for maximum downforce and airflow.

Other aims for the included best-in-class passenger and visibility. Engineers also the number of parts required to weight and improve efficiency. New tare weight is 942kg; 20kg less than the model if fitted with the

Nissan claims boot is 251 litres. The cargo floor is low and the well-shaped — square-edged and side intrusions.

Nissan Micra

SAFETY

No

Regardless of spec level all models come standard front passenger airbags, and side airbags, and (front) pretensioners.

Nissan’s version of stability control — Vehicle Dynamic Control and anti-lock brakes are also across the range.

COMPETITORS

cars, big crowd

There’s a of over a dozen options in the car segment, ranging from the Mitsubishi Colt and bargain like Suzuki Alto and Savvy, up to segment stalwarts Toyota Yaris, Honda and Hyundai Getz.

Lately include Ford Fiesta and 2; both well-equipped and stylish. But at price level and with scope of choice, buyers the best of both worlds and can on spend limit and ‘must-haves’. The voice-activated multimedia control, for makes a strong argument but so the Micra Ti’s keyless

ON THE ROAD

. and in the carpark

Nissan much ado about the Micra’s (4.5m) turning circle. The guys and gals organised two of carpark in Melbourne’s CBD and set up an excellent course with a figure reverse and parallel parking a slalom run and fun mini-course to replicate to find a space among the at Christmas time.

Even a few of notoriously narrow and colourful were thrown in, but the Micra manoeuvred its way around the tightest (90 night cart. ) corners. goods courier companies, note.

This confined, territory is where light like Micra shine. taking the 1.2-litre version for a run outside and hillside — in our just out of Toorak — the smaller model’s lack of to cope with two adults up at least while matched to the The manual will offer control in instances like and overtaking if transport requirements beyond city limits.

three-cylinder offering at least smoothly. Suzuki’s Alto, on the hand, will rock you at the like it’s got a lumpy Both have reasonable in low to mid-range power but the Suzuki has legs.

It’s about horses for courses here.

The 1.5-litre models will suit buyers better. We took a Ti from the launch and it’s efficient and comfortable from to suburbs, especially over runs. Notably absent, is cruise control even at level.

Passenger space front to rear — is in terms of head and legroom, room for growing children. windows make for good and the driver has a good view of all of the car and surrounds.

We liked the previous and don’t doubt there are fans ready to upgrade. The that Nissan Australia is more reason for K12 owners to to the new model should perpetuate among loyalists while the lineup will attract car shoppers sizing up other, extensive options.

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Published. 23 November 2010

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