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2013-06-04 11:06

FUNKY BABY: Nissan's hot new baby, the Micra, has much better looks than the current (inset) model with bland styling. It will reach SA shores by early 2014. Image: Newspress


Juke Nismo, TeRRA electric SUV as well as additions to the Qashqai and Micra family… Nissan's showcasing its latest models and concepts at the 2012 Paris auto show.

Nissan’s Micra has gone under the knife for some nips, tucks and added technoloy… and it will reach South Africa in 2014.

The first Micra was launched 30 years ago in 1982 and has sold more than six million during its evolution of several generations. The current Micra was launched in SA in early 2011.

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It's come a long way in styling from its box-like features to bland bug-like looks. The coming model has a lot more street cred and looks more like its funky big brother the Juke with cuter styling and more refined design lines.

Nissan Europe’s Micra product manager, Helen Perry, told us: "The new Micra benefits from all the attributes of the current model - strong performance and handling and advanced technology, but with enhanced quality and a dynamic new look. The next chapter of the Micra story has begun."

Under the bonnet lies Nissan's latest supercharged, three-cylinder, 1.2-litre, direct injection, petrol supercharged (DIG-S) engine. It develops 59kW and emissions from 115g/km. The front-wheel drive is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox as standard or with a constantly-variable transmission.

The range-topping DIG-S makes 72kW with diesel-rivalling economy of 4.1 litres/100km and emissions from 95g/km and includes an automatic stop/start function.


However, Nissan says the new Micra is not just a makeover. A number of improvements and technical features have been added, among them NissanConnect satnav. The front and rear sheet-metal has been redesigned and there are changes to the cabin's centre console, materials and finishes.

The grille now has the familiar circular badge within a chromed extended V-shaped motif and there are changes to the bonnet, wings, headlights and front bumper. The front fog lights have a distinctive new shape and chromed surround while the rear has a redesigned bumper, new diode tail lights and a panel at the bottom of the tailgate.

The instrument graphics have changed and made clearer and the centre console has a black/silver finish with restyled air vents. There are new 15”/16” alloys.

Two new body colours, metallic turquoise and silver, have been added to the current eight.

Visia and Acenta trim levels have a durable woven fabric on the seats, the range-topping Teknas have a suede-like fabric with double stitching.

Dash-mounted aux-in and USB slots and a 12V socket are now standard.


NissanConnect satnav and communication system has a bigger 15cm screen with chromed controls and 'eco-routing' which calculates the route likely to use the least fuel. It also incorporates Google Send-To-Car technology which allows an owner to plan a journey on a PC or tablet then send the instructions to the car.

Google's 'point of interest' service, weather forecasts, local fuel prices and flight information can also be accessed. It also has a highway exit view with lane guidance and displays speed limits.

Standard equipment on the Visia includes key-fob locking, front power windows, electric power steering, alloy rims, CD player, six airbags and anti-lock brakes.

The mid-range Acenta has chromed accents, andpainted external mirrors and door releases, 15” alloys, roof spoiler, auto climate control, front fog lights, driver's armrest, leather-covered steering wheel and Bluetooth.

Goodies on the Tekna include auto aircon, NissanConnect, rear parking sensors, parking bay measurement, 16” alloys, auto folding external mirrors and Intelligent Key with engine start button.

Options include a glass roof on the Tekna grade while a wide range of custom options can be chosen from the Acenta level. These include:  wheel centre caps, door mirrors and gear knob colours, to the air-vent, gear stick surround and velour mats options.

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