The much publicized Europe spec Nissan Micra facelift is close to making its Indian debut and the carmaker recently invited us to Madurai to experience the thoroughly updated hatchback.
As can be made out from the pics, the biggest visual change lies in the car’s front fascia, which now sports a revised bumper, a bolder grille and a set of stylish new headlamps. Thanks to the new bumper, the car is now a wee bit longer than the pre-facelift model.
Other visual updates include a set of ‘Signature Nissan’ alloys, revised rear taillamps with LED fixtures and rear bumper.
On the inside, the Micra gets a Piano black theme and new door pads.
Powering the car is the same set of petrol and diesel engines. The petrol variant is powered by a 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder, petrol engine that has a max power output of 76ps@ 6000rpm and a max torque of 104Nm@4000rpm.
The petrol variant also gets a new CVT gearbox that has been derived from that of Sunny’s CVT box. This gearbox enables the car to deliver a power output of 77p. The CVT variant has a fuel economy of 19.34 kmpl, a little more than manual variant’s 18.44 kmpl. The diesel variants continue to be powered by the Renault sourced 1.5-litre K9K diese engine that has a max power of 64ps@4000 RPM and a peak torque output of 160nm@2000rpm.
The updated Micra certainly manages to do away with the ‘dolly car’ looks and looks more appealing than the existing model. The car also benefits from added features and joins the likes of the Honda Brio by getting an automatic variant.
Nissan is yet to announce the prices of the updated car. However, a competitive price tag, coupled with a fresh styling and new features, should really help Micra with becoming more successful in our country.