Nissan Motor India Private Limited (NMIPL), a completely owned subsidiary of the multinational Japanese car maker Nissan Motor Co., has developed the 2013 facelift model of its flagship Micra premium hatchback. The new Micra model has been caught doing test rounds on the streets of Thailand as well as India, which makes a 2013 launch date quite certain at the moment.
The 2013 Nissan Micra features many interesting changes in both its exterior and interior settings. For instance, the premium hatch's front end flaunts reworked headlamps, front grille and remoulded bumpers. The new Micra's nose looks slightly different and features a huge air intake dam in a trapezoidal shape, whereas the fog lamps have been pushed to the corner side. The Japanese model comes with a stylish tailgate as well, with revamped tail lamps that complete its cosmetic make up. As per industry sources, the upcoming Micra facelift is expected to come equipped with the much fawned upon automatic transmission system.
Industry experts believe that Nissan Motor India will not change under-the-hood specifications in its upcoming 2013 Micra facelift, which remains its best selling model in domestic market at the moment. Accordingly, the new Micra will be powered with a 1.2 litre, 1,198 cc, 12-valve, 3-cylinder, DOHC engine with electronic fuel injection in its petrol model. The petrol motor can pump out a maximum output power of 75 bhp at 6000rpm and highest torque of 104 Nm. Further, the 2013 Micra diesel will come fitted with a 1.5 litre, 1461 cc, 8-valve, 4-cylinder, Renault K9K SOHC common rail engine, which belts out a peak output power and torque equations of 63 bhp at 4000 rpm and 160 Nm at 2000 rpm.