The new Nissan Micra features fresh styling and a funky new interior, aimed to attract a wider audience than its predecessor.
A single powertrain option will be available in New Zealand, with two specification grades.
Standard will be a 1.5L four-cylinder petrol engine producing 75kW of power. When mated to the four-speed automatic transmission, fuel consumption is a reported 6.6L/100km and emissions 156g/km.
The Micra comes standard with Vehicle Dynamic Control, Anti-Lock Brakes with Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Brake Assist, as well as dual front, front side and curtain airbags on both models.
A multifunction Drive Computer and air conditioning are standard, along with remote entry, CD player, auxiliary input jack and steering wheel-mounted controls for the audio system.
The top-of-the-range Micra Ti model offers extras like keyless entry and push button engine start/stop, Climate Control air conditioning, 15-inch alloy wheels and front fog lights. For the ladies – handbag storage on the front passenger’s seat or seat squab.
The new model is 85mm longer than the previous Micra, with a tight 9.0m turning circle.
Nissan says weight saving has been a focus of the design team, with a lightweight, rigid roof panel that includes boomerang-shaped grooves to reduce the transmission of noise and vibration into the cabin. And 98%of the materials used in construction are recyclable.
Pricing and launch timing of the Micra will be announced later in the year.