Sunday 22 October 2017

Micra still a supermini but moving upmarket with a major makeover

NISSAN has given its Micra a comprehensive makeover as it attempts to move the famous supermini upmarket.

There are new front and rear looks and a significantly overhauled cabin. It gets new trim, better-quality fabrics and plastics.

A big part of the improvement is the new centre console with a bigger near-six-inch touchscreen.

This incorporates the marque's infotainment system, which has Google search technology.

Standard equipment will be increased as well, according to Nissan.

The front gets a new grille, bumper, headlights and bonnet while the back incorporates new LED lights, tailgate trim and bumper.

It is, as you can see, a more substantial looking car now and will be expected to make a better case to be on buyers' shortlists.

Among the options on the latest model are a panoramic glass roof and a park assist system.

The entry-level 1.2-litre engine develops 80bhp (emissions from 115g/km). A 5spd manual gearbox is standard but there is the option of CVT.

Price and equipment levels are such critical elements in cars bought in the supermini segment.

The 'new' car is due in September or thereabouts, but despite the improvements, it is not expected that prices will rise by much.

Irish Independent

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