The new Nissan Micra has at last been revealed at the Geneva Motor Show. It seems the Micra has grown up and traded its youthful, quirky, looks for a more stayed and conventional design.
Expected to be launched in South Africa later this year, the next-generation Micra is Nissan’s answer to the growing ‘global car’ trend. Built on Nissan’s new V-platform, the new Micra will be produced in China, India and Thailand. Nissan says its V-platform has been developed to maximise the car’s compatibility with the localisation requirements of different global markets. The Japanese carmaker has over 150 countries in its sights.
With a slightly longer wheelbase than its predecessor, Nissan says the new Micra offers greater interior space and comfort, particularly in the rear. The Micra will be launched in Europe with two engine choices. The first being a naturally-aspirated 1,2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine developing 60 kW and 108 N.m of torque, and the second a turbo-charged version of the same engine, producing 75 kW and 142 N.m of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, with Nissan’s new Continuously Variable Transmission also available.
Nissan’s Parking Space Measurement system will feature as an option, along with a multi-function touch-screen with navigation, and a glass roof. Depending on the market, safety features will include ABS, dual front airbags, curtain and side airbags, ESP and pre-tensioner seatbelts.
Nissan SA has not released details on the specifications and engine options for the car’s local launch.