Nissan Micra Review & First Drive

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Nissan Micra Overview

Last year, Nissan, the Japanese Car giant had showcased the new generation Micra at the Paris Motor Show. This new gen car is being now readied for an India launch. However, this will happen only in the year 2019.The current Nissan Micra will be discontinued by next year, to make way for the all new Nissan Micra 2019. The new Mincra is sort of a revolution in terms of design and styling. It looks very different from the existing models and uses a new design language.

As the trend of SUVs is rising, another trend that is growing is of premium hatchbacks. The shift and preference of buyers towards Hyundai Elite i20 and the Maruti Baleno is proof enough about emerging trends in the hatchback segment. The new Nissan Micra 2019 will fit into this category and will intensify competition. Check for Nissan Micra price in Chennai.

Nissan’s Indian market operations have been lacklustre and they havent been getting any new models to dominate the market. The all-new Micra looks to be a promising car and comes with stylish design and razor sharp styling. This will itself create a pull for this car as it looks very futuristic. The new Nissan Micra 2019 is built on the CMF-B platform and this will underpin several other cars from the Renault-Nissan alliance. However, this platform may not make it to India and the New Micra may see the older platform doing duty in it.

Nissan Micra Look

The Nissan Micra hatchback looks pretty much the same as it was before. The egg-shaped styling continues to be part of the front façade. The boomerang-shaped bulgy headlamps blending with the bulgy bonnet makes the car look cool. The headlamps cluster also incorporates follow me Lights. The vehicle poses the same bolder aggressive looks with the v-shaped grille in line with the carmaker’s current design theme while the air dam is flanked by triangular breaks for the lamps.

At the sides, the car now gets ORVM turn indicators while it continues to sit on 8-spoke 15-inch alloy wheels. The CVT variant poses distinct look with the blacked out roof and a racing strip running down the length of the car. The alteration at the rear is also subtle with the new rear spoiler adding a dash of style. The car continues to sport the LED tail lights with the boot lid flowing perfectly into the rear bumper.

Nissan Micra Comfort

Nissan exports the Micra in large quantities and thus the quality of interiors, fit and finish is at par with international standards. There was no unusual sound or rattle from any part of the car, in spite of having tested its suspension on really bad roads. The features on offer are pretty useful and get you addicted. For starters, the smart key. It rarely got out of our pockets and by the end of it, we were surely spoilt. Also, the addition of Bluetooth connectivity has been a big boon with phone connectivity on the go not being a luxury anymore. The auto up driver’s side window makes itself useful while you pay the toll or pick up a large packet of fries from the drive through window at McDonald’s. The AC cools quite well but the temperature moves up by a full degree rather than half degree as seen with most competition cars. The Micra is the only car to come with a dual glovebox and it is quite handy.

While most of the features are pretty handy, there are some which could have made it to the list. For one, rear parking sensors would have been a boon and there is no auto lock feature as well. The auto lock feature locks the doors once you pick up speed (usually 20 km/hr). After inquiring from the service center, we were told that this feature is already there but needs to be activated. If it’s already there, why should you have to activate it? It should have been done before the car was delivered. The boot was quite handy on weekend getaways, comfortably fitting in luggage for four people. Surprisingly, just to show how well this car has been thought off, we even managed to fit in a full size wooden rocking chair without a tussle.

Nissan Micra Transmission

The New Nissan Micra 2019 will get a 0.9-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine, a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine and a a 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel engine. These engines will be made available for international models. The 0.9 litre petrol engine churns out 90bhp of power, while the 1.0-litre petrol unit belts out 75bhp of power. The diesel also has a maximum power of 90bhp. Al thee engines are very emission friendly and are Euro VI ready engines. For more details on Nissan Micra visit Thebigtrak

However, in India, The 0.9-litre petrol engine may come alongwith a reworked 1.5-litre diesel engine. There will be a five-speed manual transmission and also a CVT (only petrol) on offer. Nissan will focus on selling the petrol version more. The engines will offer very good performance and will also be tuned for good fuel efficiency.

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

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 Safety

The New Nissan Micra 2019 will come with twin airbags and ABS asa standard on all its variants. The international version has advanced features like High Beam Assist, Intelligent Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Recognition, Lane Departure Warning, Intelligent Around-View Monitor, Traffic Sign Recognition system and Blind Spot Detection. Many of these features will not make it into the Indian version.

Nissan Micra Cost in Chennai

Nissan Micra On Road Price is 13,22,258/- and Ex-showroom Price is 5,97,067/- in Chennai. Nissan Micra comes in 6 colours, namely Sunshine Orange,Brick Red,Blade Silver,Storm White,Turqouise Blue,Onyx Black. Nissan Micra comes with FWD with 1198 CC Displacement and 3 Cylinders with Maximum Power 76 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 104 Nm@4400 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Nissan Micra comes with Automatic Transmission with FWD .

Nissan Micra Final Word

The tweaks to 2018 Nissan Micra are strictly restricted to features update. While the dual airbags are now standard across the range, the ABS and EBD are missing in the base trim. Overall, it is now a better package than before.Nissan Micra is offered in three variants they are XL, XL(O) and XV. Looking at the pricing, its base trim gets the price tag of Rs. 6.19 lakh, Micra XL Option CVT is offered at the price tag of Rs. 6.42 lakh for the petrol and Rs. 7.21 lakh for the diesel variants. Its top-spec model Micra XV CVT is priced at Rs. 7.23 lakh and Rs. 7.91 lakh for the petrol and diesel trims respectively. Micra currently rivals against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Swift, Ford Figo, Honda Brio and Hyundai Grandi10 in the segment.

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