Nissan Micra Facelift First Drive & Gearbox

Nissan Micra Overview

Nissan, the Japanese automaker launched the Micra back in the year 2010 with the intention of flexing the hands in the lucrative hatchback segment. But due to stiff competition in the Indian car market where rivals are selling between 15-20 thousand units every month, Micra did not achieve the expected results. So, to stay in the market Micra launched the facelifted model in 2013. The vehicle got numerous changes on the inside and out but mechanically it remained the same. The fifth generation model of Nissan Micra made its debut at the Paris Motor show and it’s a major leap over the previous generation model. The 2017 model looks more stunning and futuristic in design. Recently, the company has launched its 2018 version with mild aesthetic updates and new features. Nissan Micra in Tryaldrive

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Nissan Micra Design & Look

As mentioned above, the new Nissan Micra exterior has not received any change, save for the new integrated turn indicators on the outside rear view mirrors and a rear spoiler on the top-spec petrol-CVT variant. Apart from these changes, the hatchback retains all the styling elements from the preceding model. It gets auto headlamps, rain-sensing wipers and other external features offered with the previous model.

Nissan Micra Cabin & Space

The Nissan Micra comes with a power steering with tilt function, tachometer, power windows on all doors, 2-DIN audio system with steering mounted audio as well as phone controls and air conditioning. While the lower variants have a manual air conditioning unit, the top end Nissan Micra is offered with automatic climate control along with rear demister, push button start, keyless entry, electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs (Outside Rear View Mirrors) as well as height adjustable driver’s seat.

Nissan Micra Engine & Transmission

Nissan Micra continues to house the same set of petrol and diesel engine options. The 1.2L petrol engine makes 77PS and 104Nm of max torque, paired to CVT transmission. The car isn’t available with the petrol manual transmission which could be a disappointment for many. On the other hand, the 1.5L dCi 4-cylinder diesel mill produces 64PS and 160Nm of peak torque, paired to a 5-speed gearbox.

The petrol version of Micra sports the same CVT transmission that is working in Sunny sedan. The performance isn’t bad at all and the gearbox has been tuned to adapt different driving styles, however, the focus remains clearly on deriving better fuel efficiency. The car does pulls better once the revs get past the 3500rpm mark, however, the open roads driving isn’t much exciting.The diesel one has been reworked and the drivability has been improved from previous versions. The engine barely lags in cities and can easily pick up the speed in the third gear above 20kmph without any fuss. It feels like a naturally aspirated engine with the torque instantly available on tap.

The Nissan Micra Petrol has an ARAI rated fuel efficiency of 15.5 kmpl in city along with 18.5 kmpl on the highway for the manual variants and 16.5 kmpl in city and 19.5 kmpl on the highway for the CVT petrol versions. On the other hand, the diesel trims deliver 18.5 kmpl in the city and of 23.25 kmpl on the highway. These efficiency figures are comparable in its segment.The car comes with respectable fuel efficiency, thanks to the fine-tuned engine petrol and diesel engines. Where the petrol automatic variant returns 19.15kmpl, the manual diesel version is able to deliver 23.19kmpl, certified by ARAI.

Nissan Micra Driving Dynamics

On the performance front, the Nissan Micra 2018 specifications notice no change as it continues to feature the same petrol and diesel engines as the preceding model. Similarly, there is no change in the transmission options and hence there is no change in its handling as well.In terms of ride and handling, the car remains conservative. The suspension set-up is slightly stiffened, may be to handle the additional weight of the diesel engine. The car moderately tackles the ruts and dents on the roads quite moderately. While the suspension remains silent, the medium sized potholes do not bump through and the ride feels busy.

Nissan Micra Braking & Safety

In terms of safety, the Nissan Micra comes with Anti lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), driver and passenger side and front impact beams, speed sensing automatic door locks, dual front airbags and hazard warning switch. The new model also gets a passenger airbag for added safety. Besides, rear parking sensors and rear parking camera are other add ons.The new Nissan Micra features ventilated disc brakes at the front and drum units at the back. Safety features on the Nissan Micra 2018 include standard dual frontal airbags, driver’s seat belt warning indicator, standard rear parking sensors and speed warning

Nissan Micra Cost in New Delhi

Nissan Micra Ex-Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 5,97,811/- (Micra XL CVT) to 7,34,779/- (Micra DCI XL Comfort). Get best offers for Nissan Micra from Nissan Dealers in New Delhi. Check for Micra price in New Delhi at Carzprice

Nissan Micra Bottomline

The Nissan Micra is a premium hatchback offered in the Indian market in two petrol and two diesel variants. The variants are Micra XL (CVT), XV (CVT), XL Diesel and XL Comfort Diesel. The Nissan Micra comes with a 1,198cc petrol engine and a 1,461 cc diesel engine which comes with a five speed manual transmission and an advanced automatic CVT transmission. The CVT automatic gearbox is not offered with the diesel engine. In terms of safety, it comes with ventilated discs at front with drum brakes at rear, Anti-lock braking system (ABS), Electronic brake distribution (EBD), driver and passenger side and front impact beams, speed sensing automatic door locks and hazard warning switch. Key features include all power windows, power steering, speed sensing auto door lock, music system with USB, AUX and Bluetooth and front fog lamps. The 2018 model brings on board new features such as passenger airbag, integrated turning winkers on ORVMs and more.

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