Launched in 2010, Nissan Micra hatchback has been the company's top selling product in the Indian car market. Last year, the Japanese carmaker introduced the facelifted version of Micra hatchback, which is a global model that was first launched in Thailand. The upgraded version looks more masculine than its predecessor. It received smart upgrades both on the inside and outside.
The front fascia of the updated Nissan Micra gets the revised grille which now has a honeycomb design and sports big Nissan badge surrounded by a V-shaped channel. This is the company's common family look which is also found on other Nissans like Juke Crossover. Its new bumper gets new fog lamps and restyled air dam. The rear end of the hatchback features the refreshed bumper and tail lamp cluster, which now sports LEDs. Its newly formulated alloy wheels and a rear spoiler offers sportiness to the hatchback.
Inside the cabin, the new Micra comes equipped with a restyled centre console with glossy black colour finish, and silver accents are added to offer more premium look. The AC vents are now in rectangular shape, while the multifunction display gets new graphics.
Nissan Micra is available in both petrol and diesel versions. The petrol-powered Micra is now available in three models- XL, XL (O) and XV CVT automatic, while the diesel version range has XL, XL (O), XV and XV Premium. Under the hood, the new Micra petrol gets a 1.2-litre petrol engine producing 75bhp and 104Nm of torque. The oil burner has 1.5-litre engine producing 63bhp and 160Nm of torque. Power is transmitted to front wheels via a five-speed manual transmission. It also comes equipped with the new Nissan's X-Tronic CVT gearbox.
The new Nissan Micra competes against the likes of Maruti Swift, Volkswagen Polo, Ford Figo and others in the B+ segment.
Nissan updated the Micra to make it look more appealing, and attrct more buyers across the nation. There are several visible changes given on the exterior styling of the hatch, which makes it look completely different from its predecessor. The front facade of the hatchback looks sportier, which now features a scintillating radiator grille. The grille now has a honeycomb design and comes equipped with a big Nissan badge surrounded by a V-shaped trough. The car now has Nissan's new signature headlights, while the grille features a thick chrome bar. The front bumper has also been revamped which now gets chrome on the lower half. The new Nissan Micra is 45mm longer than the previous generation, however, the wheelbase of the hatchback remains unchanged.
The vehicle also gets the newly formulated hood and front fenders. Its new fog lights are surrounded by chrome to offer a premium look. The rear profile looks identical to its previous model, but it gets a new alloy wheels which add to its sportiness. The rear end of this hatchback comes equipped with a new LED tail lights and a newly designed bumper with aggressive creases. Its tail gate is now longer with the addition of a plastic part.
The company has introduced the facelifted Nissan Micra with two new colours. It is now available in six different shades to choose from- Brick Red, Storm White, Turquoise Blue, Omyx Black, Blade Silver and Olive Green.
The new Nissan Micra measures 3825mm in length, 1665mm in width and 1525mm in height. Its large wheelbase of 2450mm offers an impressive headroom, leg and shoulder room to seat five adults comfortably. It has a ground clearance of 150mm, which is sufficient enough to drive through Indian cities.
Inside the cabin, the new Micra gets subtle changes which makes it look sportier and upmarket. The dashboard styling is same as before, however it now gets new colours and added features as well. Its new centre console has piano black finish which appears far better than the silver/grey console featured in the previous generation. It has rectangular shaped AC vents, instead of round shape found in old hatch. The chrome inserts on dashboard and doors further enhance the premiumness of the car.
The new Nissan Micra comes equipped with several new and advanced features like audio controls mounted on Steering wheel, climate control, bluetooth audio system, electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs, reverse parking camera, 4 airbags and others.
For better support and cushioning, the updated Nissan has reshaped seats. The vehicle offers spacious cabin to seat five people comfortably, thanks to its high leg, head and shoulder room. The upmarket upholstery looks good and the gear knob is covered with high-quality leather. Nissan Micra comes equipped with a new audio system with a USB interface, AUX-In port and a four speakers. It also gets remote control to control the music system and has a roof antenna for FM Radio.
Engine & Transmission
The new Nissan Micra is being offered in both petrol and diesel versions. While the petrol model gets the same 1.2-litre Dual Overhead Camshaft (DOHC) based engine which has 3-cylinder and 12 valves; the oil burner has the 1.5-litre, k9k, Single over head camshaft (SOHC) based engine with 4-cylinders and eight valves in it.
The gasoline drivetrain displaces 1198cc and features an electric fuel injection control and an electronic concentrated control system. This engine churns out a max power output of 75bhp at 6000rpm and a peak torque of 104Nm at 4000rpm. Power is transmitted to front wheels via a five-speed manual transmission. The top spec model also gets an advanced CVT based automatic transmission.
The diesel engine displaces 1461cc and it gets the common rail fuel supply system. It produces a top power of 63bhp at 4000rpm, along with a peak torque of 160Nm at 2000rpm. This engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission, which transmits power to front wheels of the car.
Performance & Handling
The 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre k9k diesel engines offers a decent power output. While the oil burner has 65bhp of power, the petrol model produces around 75bhp. With good power output and torque figure, it is easier to drive this vehicle on busy Indian streets.
The same diesel engine also powers the Sunny and Terrano SUV, however, the tuned version. With this hatchback, the 1.5L diesel engine offers sufficient power to accelerate the car to 100kmph from standstill in around 13 seconds, while achieving a top speed in the range of 150-160kmph. Surprisingly, the petrol version takes around 15 seconds to cross 100kmph mark from rest, and it can attain a top speed of 160kmph.
Nissan Micra comes equipped with a good braking and Suspension mechanism. It is easier tomanoeuvrethe hatch around the congested areas. With a turning radius of 4.65metres, it is quite easy to drive the vehicle through busy and narrow roads. The front wheel sports ventilated disc brakes, while the rear brakes are of drum type. Its front axle gets the McPherson Strut type suspension set-up, while the rear axle has torsion beam typre.
To offer an effective braking, the company has also added ABS with EBD in the Micra. The Anti-lock braking system and Electronic Brakeforce distribution avoids wheel-locking during panic braking and skidding during runs on slippery roads.
The manual version of the Petrol Micra returns an impressive fuel economy of 15.5kmpl in city conditions and of 18.5kmpl on highways. Interestingly, its CVT gear box based automatic model is more fuel efficient than its manual version. It delivers 16.5kmpl of mileage in city and of 19.5kmpl on highways.
Talk about diesel Micra, its engine comes mated to a five-speed manual gearbox and is equipped with a common rail fuel supply system. The oil burner returns a great fuel economy of 18.5kmpl in city and of 23.25kmpl on highways.
The Nissan Micra facelift has been endowed with several safety features to keep both passengers and car safe. It sports engine immobilizer, driver, co-passenger as well as side airbags with supplemental restraint system that deploys airbags. The front bumper gets bright fog lamps, while there are other safety ingredients including central door locking with remote keyless entry, driver side power window has auto down feature, an intelligent key with push button ignition of the car, healogen headlamps, seat belts and others.
The vehicle comes loaded with advanced Anti-lock braking system with Electronic brakeforce distribution, which further enhance the braking mechanism. The other safety measures include seat belt warning and a door ajar warning indicator, rear parking assistance, speed sensing automatic locks and others.
The new Nissan Micra is a good product to drive home, but the segment is flooded with several cars which offers different choices to consumers. It looks quite appealing both inside and out, and comes equipped with numerous features. A small turning radius and high ride and handling quality make it a perfect car to drive through busy Indian roads. Its CVT model, interestingly, is a more fuel efficient as compared to its manual version. So, the automatic Micra won't be a bad choice.
Nissan Micra competes against several cars in the B+ segment, however the latest entrant Hyundai Grand i10 and Ford Figo are its closest competitors. While Hyundai Grand i10 is selling like hot-cakes in the market, Ford Figo is also generating decent volumes in the market. However, Nissan Micra facelift, despite being an excellent product, failed to generate sales for the company.
While Hyundai Grand i10 has 1.1-litre diesel engine that produces 71bhp, the Micra has 1.5L k9k engine producing 64bhp. Ford Figo has 1.4L engine that develops 69bhp. Clearly, despite being a smaller engine Grand i10 hatch offers more power output and fuel efficiency as well.
Nissan Micra offers spacious interior and great ride and handling quality to its buyers. However, the Grand i10 is an overall better product than the Micra.
Feature rich, Good driveability
Power output of petrol engine is low as compared to its competition