Nissan South Africa moves into new territory with the introduction of its first diesel passenger car - the Nissan Micra 1.5 dCi Tekna. Powered by a 1.5 litre diesel motor and housed in a 3 door silhouette, the new model adds unique flavour to the existing Micra range.
Diesel power for cute Micra
Introduced in high spec level guise, the Micra 1.5 dCi offers athletic 3 door styling on the outside and a host of big car features on the inside. It?s the Micra at its most sporty and it has the performance to match thanks to Nissan?s latest common rail diesel technology.
"The Micra 150 is a significant addition to the local Nissan line-up, as diesel models are becoming increasingly popular in the highly competitive B segment. We are confident that the Micra 1.5 dCi Tekna has all the credentials to stake its claim in this competitive segment," says Gerhard Fourie, GM Marketing and Planning. "We see the introduction of the Micra 1.5 dCi Tekna as an opportunity to attract new customers to the Nissan brand."
The 1.5 dCi Tekna stands out from the crowd thanks to its cheeky 3 door styling, which features sporty touches like a streamlined roof spoiler, side sills, stylish dark 16" alloy wheels, highlighted front bumper housing for the foglamps, headlamp finishers in black and a sport shaped front bumper.
The sporty interior gives the Micra Diesel a fresh, inviting look and boasts a wide array of creature comforts such as standard power windows with one touch operation on the driver?s side, automatic air-conditioning and central locking, to name just a few.
Buyers are offered the choice of a fresh Ice Blue and Chocolate interior trim combination or an alternative all-black option. In addition, silver trim has been used on the pedals and leather gear knob to complete the Micra?s expressive interior style.
The Micra develops a power output of 60kW at 4 000r/min, but it?s the low down torque that makes all the difference. With 185Nm available at just 2 000r/min, the Micra offers flexible performance and smooth delivery.
In addition to its lively performance credentials, the Micra Diesel offers admirable levels of fuel economy. Within city confines, the Micra Diesel sips just 5.4l/100km, and at a more constant cruising speed one can expect to achieve figures closer to 4l/100km.
"One of the keys to the Micra?s sales success has been the inclusion of practical technology - features usually found on bigger cars, but which are easy to use and add functionality. Today?s young and upcoming professionals are particularly conscious of safety, practicality and technology, and the Micra Diesel offers these features in abundance," continued Fourie.
The Micra Diesel offers dual front and side airbags, as well as a cut-off switch for the passenger side airbag. Fully automatic climate control makes for comfortable commuting, while remote steering wheel switches control the audio system as well as the drive computer, which can be programmed to remind the driver of service dates.
"Nissan believes that technology works best when used to simplify our daily lives. The Micra is fresh and innovative, and despite its relatively short life span the Micra has already converted many loyal enthusiasts. The Micra Diesel is set to attract new buyers and create further awareness of Nissan in the local market as a dynamic, innovative company," concluded Fourie.