Nissan has been in India since a few years with limited products in their portfolio. Nissan’s range revolves around high end cars such as the Nissan Teana, Nissan X trail, and the recently launched sports car, the 370Z, all of which are imported as completely built units thereby justifying their price tags. India has emerged as the fastest growing automobile market in the world and the small car segment is boiling with almost unlimited options and Nissan adds another quality product to their portfolio in the form of the Nissan Micra, a small car which was perhaps the most awaited launch of the year. Nissan has high expectations from the Micra since it is the first of its mass production cars in India based on the all new ‘V Platform’. We drive the Nissan Micra and judge for ourselves.
The 2017 Nissan Micra will be designed on the Sway concept that was showcased at the Geneva Motor Show. Nissan states that the Sway has been designed to shake up the compact hatchback segment, traditionally a conservative sector of the market. With its swooping lines, striking nose, elegantly simple interior and bold use of sophisticated colours, the concept is a daring and emotional design. The new Micra has an aggressive styling which a departure from the current one. The headlamps are inward sloping ones that give it a mean look. It has has integrated LED DRLs. The large headlamps have a small front grille between them. The sloping roofline and the presence of a rear spoiler add to the sleek styling. The taillamps are sharp looking ones with a C-shaped illuminating pattern. The rear-end has an angular styling and the rear door handles are integrated into the upper partof the doors. It has classy looking 12-spoke, 16-inch alloy wheels. Earlier, the 2017 Nissan Micra had been spotted testing in Europe for the very first time. The new Micra has taken clues from the Sway concept showcased earlier. The V-shaped small grille is identical to the concept
; Accommodation itself, mind, is entirely adequate, especially given the Micra’s compact dimensions. There’s considerably more shoulder room than in its predecessor, decent enough rear accommodation and a boot that’s competitive in the sector. It’s an airy cabin, too, thanks to a low window line and large glass area. It remains a pity, though, that there isn’t more to surprise and delight in here. As we mentioned before there are four trim levels to choose from – Visia Limited Edition, Vibe, Acenta and n-tec. The entry-level models come with 14in steel wheels, speed-sensitive steering, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, six airbags and front electric windows, while upgrading to a Vibe specced Micra adds alloy wheels and air conditioning to the package. The mid-range Acenta trim equips the small Nissan with 15in alloys, a rear spoiler, cruise control, auto wipers and lights, and electric door mirrors, while the range-topping n-tec models come with 16in alloys, rear parking sensors and a 7.0in Nissan Connect touchscreen infotainment system.
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION ;
The new facelifted Micra features the same two engines in the same state of tune. The 3-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol engine has seen a slightly bumped up peak power level (80 PS) in some other markets, but here it continues to offer the same 76 PS of peak power at 6,000 rpm and 104 Nm of peak torque from 4,000 rpm. The diesel engine is also the same 4-cylinder, 16-valve, 1,461cc mill that generates 64 PS of peak power and maximum torque of 160 Nm from a low 2,000 rpm. The only difference is that now the petrol version of the Micra is also being offered with an automatic transmission. The same CVT gearbox used in the Sunny XTRONIC CVT has been put to work in the Micra. This continuously variable transmission continues to be set at a high ratio of 7.2 and has been paired with the 1.2-litre engine to offer higher fuel efficiency than the 5-speed manual transmission version. Nissan claims that the new petrol CVT powertrain offers a mileage of 19.34 kmpl (Nissan internal estimates, not ARAI rated), whereas the manual transmission variant offers a mileage of 18.44 kmpl.
RIDE AND HANDLING ;
Shooting through traffic is an absolute joy thanks to all that power at hand and coupled with an extremely plush suspension setup the Micra simply gobbles up the roads no matter what the condition. On the highways though things change quite a bit. While the car can cruise pretty effortlessly at ton up speeds, it’s not really in its element when fast corners are brought into the picture. And then we come to the braking. Though adequate around town, braking hard results in immediate locking of the wheels. The culprit here are the non-ABS brakes. Why Nissan decided to omit a necessary safety feature like ABS is simply beyond us.
SAFETY FEATURES ;
Like most Nissan car models, the hatchback is loaded with plenty of safety features such as driver airbag, central door locking with remote keyless entry, Follow-me-home lamps, engine immobilizer, an intelligent key with push button ignition of the car, seat belts, driver seat belt warning indicator, rear parking assistance, driver side power window with auto down feature etc. While the passenger airbag, side airbags with supplemental restraint system, ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (electronic brake-force distribution), brake assist (BD) and immobilizer with alarm are available only on the top-end variant.
Luckily for Nissan, the general public will disagree with me and the new Micra will turn heads wherever it goes. On the inside, the new Micra is a much improved, much nicer place to be. It’s easy to see what Nissan has done; they’ve raided the Sunny parts bin to good effect. What this also means is that the price increase won’t be as much as we expect it to be. The Micra brand still has to establish itself in the Indian psyche, and the one thing holding it back is the quality of service that Nissan offers. If Nissan can fix that – and surprise us with the price – then we don’t see why you shouldn’t opt for the Micra.
Nissan Micra Xl Cvt Ex-showroom Price is 5,97,887/- and On Road Price is 6,42,244/- in New Delhi. Nissan Micra Xl Cvt comes in 6 colours, namely Sunshine Orange,Brick Red,Blade Silver,Storm White,Turqouise Blue,Onyx Black.EMI calculator for Nissan Micra.