THE NISSAN Micra has been given a substantial makeover and according to Nissan, it’s so wide-ranging that it goes well beyond what usually constitutes a mid-term facelift.
Styling changes include a new front and rear, complete with different sheet metal. On the inside there is a new centre console, trim and finishing touches. The upgrade also includes two new body colours: pearl metallic pacific blue and metallic platinum sage. These join the existing eight colours. Further exterior additions include two bold new colours and new 15-inch and 16-inch alloy wheels.
Depending on trim level, there's an all-new communication centre with the latest state-of-the-art touch-screen navigation system, now with a larger screen. The interior has been enhanced with the use of gloss black finish on the centre console and a silver look to the gear-selector finisher. The door armrests have been textured to give a higher-quality appearance and there are new seat and door pad fabrics. Visia and Acenta grades have a durable tricot-mesh woven fabric - a material often used for sports clothing - while top Tekna models will have a suede-like fabric with double stitching.
The 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine has been retained. Nissan claims a power output of 72kW and a combined fuel consumption figure of 3.4 litres/100km. An entry-level 1.2-litre unit with 60kW on tap is will also be available.
The new Micra is set to go on sale in the UK in September. We expect it to find its way to South Africa soon after.