Friday 20 October 2017

Nissan's 'radical' new Micra supermini will cost is due here in April

Much changed: the new Nissan Micra
Much changed: the new Nissan Micra
The Micra interior

Last week I promised I'd have prices and specs for Nissan's new Micra for you this week.

As you may be aware the new car gets here in April and is much changed from the Micras we've known up to this.

This one will cost from €16,650 ex-works, the company has just announced.

That will be for the 1-litre (73bhp) petrol XE entry-level version.

A more likely purchase (few people buy entry-level these days) will be the higher-trim SV at €17,450.

And they expect most people (75pc) to buy the 1-litre petrol version.

The 0.9-litre petrol (90bhp) will cost from €18,650 while the 1.5-litre diesel (90bhp too) begins at €19,650.

Essentially you pay €1,000 to go from the 1-litre to the 0.9-litre and a further €2,000 to get into a diesel.

A quick guide to the trim levels suggests you add €800 to step from XE to SV, €1,000 more to have SV Premium and €1,200 extra to get SVE which starts from €20,650.

Standard spec (XE) includes 15ins steel wheels, LED daytime running lights, electric front windows, rear spoiler, Hill Start Assist, electric door mirrors with integrated turn signals, Intelligent Emergency Braking, two-tone dashboard.

SV grade adds air con, 16ins alloys, cruise control, 7ins display, SV black and grey cloth trim.

Pricing for this grade starts from €17,450.

SV Premium adds auto air con, rain sensors, privacy glass, front fogs lamps, LED ambient lighting, Nissan Connect. This trim level begins at €19,450.

And top-spec SVE adds 17ins alloys, Safety Pack, camera with rear-parking sensors, BOSE audio system (six speakers), three rear headrests, SVE black and grey cloth trim.

I think the car took a lot of people by surprise - when we drove it in Croatia last week - because of the mega shift in looks, cabin and drive.

But behind all that change lies a key challenge for Nissan because with the excellent little Note on the way out the Micra will have to cater for new audiences as well as its own traditional set of buyers.

It will be fascinating to see how it copes.

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