Micra, a hatchback has 8 variants available in India in order to cater to the diverse needs. It has its 4 versions in petrol cars while the other 4 are diesel cars. Micra comes in 6 vibrant colours namely, Aqua Green, Blade Silver, Brick Red, Olive Green, Onyx Black, Storm White, Turquoise Blue. Micra, hatchback entered the automobile industry in 2010 in India.
The car underwent numerous external updates, thus changing its looks completely. The front fascia features a radiator grille with a thick chrome bar, new headlights, fog lights with chrome surround and modified bumper. While the side profile remains quite similar to the older version, apart from the new alloy wheels. The rear end gets new LED tail lights, revised bumper with bold creases and longer tail gate.
INTERIOR AND FEATURES
In case of its inside, the hatchback receives subtle changes making it more comfortable and economical. The piano black finish on centre console as well as the dashboard with chrome inserts intensifies its interior appeal. It has ample amount of cabin space, thus allowing it to accommodate more number of passengers. Just like other Nisan cars, Micra too is known for its feature-rich interior. It comes with several comfort-enhancing features namely, climate control, reverse parking camera, audio controls mounted on steering wheel and more.
The updated model is available with same petrol and diesel engine options that powered the old model. The 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder DOHC petrol engine produces a maximum power of 75bhp at 6000rpm with a peak torque of 104Nm at 4000rpm. The diesel variant is powered with a 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder, K9K SOHC engine that produces 63bhp at 4000rpm and 160Nm at 2000rpm. Both the engines are paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox, whereas a new 5-speed CVT automatic transmission is offered with petrol variant only.
The 1461 cc Diesel - powered variant provides average mileage of 23.08 kmpl, while the Petrol variant delivers fuel economy of 18.44 kmpl respectively.
PERFORMANCE AND HANDLING
The petrol engine is meant for the day-to-day city driving purpose, whereas the diesel engine delivers excellent performance. Though the suspension is tuned, yet the driving dynamics aren’t close to its rivals. The ride quality is quite satisfactory on smooth roads, but it gets bouncy on rough surfaces. Handling is good, but the steering feedback at high revs pushes the car around corners. Moreover, the NVH levels have also been improved.
The face lifted Micra is one of the most feature ridden Nissan car in India with moderate ride and handling qualities. While on the contrary, Hyundai Grand i10 passes with flying colours in almost every department being more powerful, efficient and comfortable compared to Nissan’s hatchback.