TOUGH-GUY IMAGE BLURRED IN NISSAN MICRA

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As much as a small 1.2-litre three-cylinder hatchback could be considered aggressive, the new Micra is more so, according to Nissan. The city runabout has ‘a new style that delivers a stronger, more assertive and dynamic look,’ its maker opines.

With almost seven million sales under its belt in more than 30 years, the Nissan small car now checks in with a long list of upgrades, including revised spec levels, a new look and a slew of technical innovations.

The Micra, known as Nissan March in some countries, is built in four centres around the world and sold globally. All cars coming to Australia are made in India.

Nissan Micra ST manual hits the market at $13,490, plus on-road costs, an automatic version ups the price to $15,290, while the Ti comes in automatic only for $16,990. Nissan made the ST auto available for our week’s road test.

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STYLING
The smallest Nissan in Australia has come in for some big changes with more than 50 per cent new body panels. In now features the Nissan ‘V-Motion’ front grille now delivering a stronger, more distinctive and dynamic look. This frontal shape was introduced in the SUV and 4WD Nissans, yet looks good on this passenger car.

In addition, the latest Micra sports a new bonnet, front guards, restyled front and rear bumper, new headlights and rear lamps as well as new-design wheels. Micra Ti grade enjoys 15-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, foglights and auto headlights.

Inside, the surroundings are of a higher standard than previously, with trim and surface finishes being given a quality look and feel.

All variants feature a new centre cluster, updated dashboard instrumentation and seat trim. Power windows are now standard.

INFOTAINMENT
The top grade 2015 Micra Ti takes the 5.8-inch touch screen satellite navigation, reverse camera and LED rear lights.

Auxiliary port and Bluetooth phone system with audio streaming are now standard.

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ENGINES / TRANSMISSIONS
The 2015 Micra retains the 1.2-litre, three-cylinder petrol unit producing 56 kilowatts of power and 104 Nm of torque

Nissan rates fuel economy on the combined urban / highway cycle at 5.9 litres per 100 kilometres for the five-speed manual transmission grade and 6.5 litres per 100 kilometres for the four-speed automatics. Cruise control is standard.

SAFETY
Passive safety is covered by front to rear curtain airbags, front seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters, rear seatbelts, plus driver’s seatbelt warning and alarm.

The usual active safety suspects – Vehicle Dynamic Control, Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist – found in more expensive cars – are standard Micra features.

DRIVING
Nissan Micra does not take ‘forever and a day’ to reach 100 kilometres an hour from a standing start, it only seems like it.

On more than one occasion during our test the Micra made a meal of getting up to speed when filtering into motorway traffic from a slip road: practice makes perfect, it’s a matter of becoming used to the car.

An unusually high fuel consumption of 5.1 litres per 100 kilometres for such a small engine on the motorway requires some explanation. Although of a small three-cylinder, 1.2-litre capacity it only has a four-speed automatic transmission. At maximum motorway speed of 110 km/h the engine is revving at 3000 rpm.

In an urban context the Micra was an exemplar of frugality at around seven to eight litres per 100 kilometres.

SUMMING UP
With all its buffing, the 2015 Nissan Micra does not quite make it with the tough-guy image. However, the added interior quality and technical innovation are welcome – and the price is certainly right.

AT A GLANCE

MODEL LINE-UP
Nissan Micra ST: $13,490 (manual), $15,290 (automatic)
Nissan Micra Ti: $16,990 (automatic)
Note: These prices do not include dealer or government charges. Contact your local Nissan dealer for drive-away prices.

FEATURES
14 in steel wheels with covers (ST)
15 in alloy wheels (Ti)
Automatic on/off headlights
Vehicle Dynamic Control
Anti-lock Braking System
Electronic Brake-force Distribution
Brake Assist
Satellite navigation with 3-D mapping
5.8-inch integrated colour display with touch screen
Cruise control with steering wheel controls
Power windows, front and rear, with anti-pinch function
Bluetooth hands-free phone system
USB / iPod connectivity with Auxiliary input jack
Bluetooth audio streaming
Single CD player with MP3 capability, AM/FM radio and 4 speakers
Steering wheel audio controls
Air-conditioning

SPECIFICATIONS:
(1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine)
Capacity: 1198 cc
Bore and stroke: 78 mm x 83.6 mm
Compression ratio: 9.8:1
Maximum Power: 55 kW @ 6000 rpm
Maximum Torque: 104 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Emission rating: Euro 5

DRIVELINE:
Drivetrain: 5-speed manual / 4-speed automatic, front-wheel drive

DIMENSIONS, WEIGHT AND CAPACITIES:
Length: 3825 mm
Width: 1665 mm (excluding mirrors)
Height: 1520 mm
Wheelbase: 2435 mm
Track: 1470 / 1460 mm (front); 1475 / 1465 mm (rear)
Ground clearance: 116 mm
Gross vehicle mass: 1400 kg; 1410 kg
Tare mass: 943 / 956 kg; 969 kg
Cargo capacity: 251 litres
Seating capacity: 5
Fuel tank capacity: 41 litres
Turning circle: 9.0 m

SUSPENSION AND BRAKES:
Suspension: Independent MacPherson struts with stabiliser bar (front); Torsion beam with coil springs (rear)
Brakes: Ventilated discs (front); drum (rear). ABS Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist. Vehicle Dynamic Control
Steering: Power assisted rack and pinion
Wheels / tyres: 14-inch steel with full covers 14 x 5.5J; 15-inch alloy 15 x 5.5J / 165/70R14 / 175/60R15. Full-size steel spare

PERFORMANCE
Acceleration 0 to 100 km/h: N/A
Top speed: N/A

FUEL CONSUMPTION:
Fuel type: 91 RON unleaded
Combined Cycle (ADR 81/01): 5.9/6.5 litres; 6.5 litres per 100 km. CO2 emissions 138/154 g / km; 154 g / km

GREEN VEHICLE GUIDE RATINGS:
Greenhouse Rating: 8.0 / 10; 7.5 / 6.5
Air Pollution Rating: 8.5 / 10; 7.5 / 6.5

WARRANTY:
3 years / 100,000 kilometres; 24-hour roadside assist

TOUGH-GUY IMAGE BLURRED IN NISSAN MICRA

By DEREK OGDEN

CAPTION: Nissan Micra … assertive looks not matched by performance.

BODY COPY
As much as a small 1.2-litre three-cylinder hatchback could be considered aggressive, the new Micra is more so, according to Nissan. The city runabout has ‘a new style that delivers a stronger, more assertive and dynamic look,’ its maker opines.

With almost seven million sales under its belt in more than 30 years, the Nissan small car now checks in with a long list of upgrades, including revised spec levels, a new look and a slew of technical innovations.

The Micra, known as Nissan March in some countries, is built in four centres around the world and sold globally. All cars coming to Australia are made in India.

Nissan Micra ST manual hits the market at $13,490, plus on-road costs, an automatic version ups the price to $15,290, while the Ti comes in automatic only for $16,990. Nissan made the ST auto available for our week’s road test.

STYLING
The smallest Nissan in Australia has come in for some big changes with more than 50 per cent new body panels. In now features the Nissan ‘V-Motion’ front grille now delivering a stronger, more distinctive and dynamic look. This frontal shape was introduced in the SUV and 4WD Nissans, yet looks good on this passenger car.

In addition, the latest Micra sports a new bonnet, front guards, restyled front and rear bumper, new headlights and rear lamps as well as new-design wheels. Micra Ti grade enjoys 15-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, foglights and auto headlights.

Inside, the surroundings are of a higher standard than previously, with trim and surface finishes being given a quality look and feel.

All variants feature a new centre cluster, updated dashboard instrumentation and seat trim. Power windows are now standard.

INFOTAINMENT
The top grade 2015 Micra Ti takes the 5.8-inch touch screen satellite navigation, reverse camera and LED rear lights.

Auxiliary port and Bluetooth phone system with audio streaming are now standard.

ENGINES / TRANSMISSIONS
The 2015 Micra retains the 1.2-litre, three-cylinder petrol unit producing 56 kilowatts of power and 104 Nm of torque

Nissan rates fuel economy on the combined urban / highway cycle at 5.9 litres per 100 kilometres for the five-speed manual transmission grade and 6.5 litres per 100 kilometres for the four-speed automatics. Cruise control is standard.

SAFETY
Passive safety is covered by front to rear curtain airbags, front seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters, rear seatbelts, plus driver’s seatbelt warning and alarm.

The usual active safety suspects – Vehicle Dynamic Control, Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist – found in more expensive cars – are standard Micra features.

DRIVING
Nissan Micra does not take ‘forever and a day’ to reach 100 kilometres an hour from a standing start, it only seems like it.

On more than one occasion during our test the Micra made a meal of getting up to speed when filtering into motorway traffic from a slip road: practice makes perfect, it’s a matter of becoming used to the car.

An unusually high fuel consumption of 5.1 litres per 100 kilometres for such a small engine on the motorway requires some explanation. Although of a small three-cylinder, 1.2-litre capacity it only has a four-speed automatic transmission. At maximum motorway speed of 110 km/h the engine is revving at 3000 rpm.

In an urban context the Micra was an exemplar of frugality at around seven to eight litres per 100 kilometres.

SUMMING UP
With all its buffing, the 2015 Nissan Micra does not quite make it with the tough-guy image. However, the added interior quality and technical innovation are welcome – and the price is certainly right.

AT A GLANCE

MODEL LINE-UP
Nissan Micra ST: $13,490 (manual), $15,290 (automatic)
Nissan Micra Ti: $16,990 (automatic)
Note: These prices do not include dealer or government charges. Contact your local Nissan dealer for drive-away prices.

FEATURES
14 in steel wheels with covers (ST)
15 in alloy wheels (Ti)
Automatic on/off headlights
Vehicle Dynamic Control
Anti-lock Braking System
Electronic Brake-force Distribution
Brake Assist
Satellite navigation with 3-D mapping
5.8-inch integrated colour display with touch screen
Cruise control with steering wheel controls
Power windows, front and rear, with anti-pinch function
Bluetooth hands-free phone system
USB / iPod connectivity with Auxiliary input jack
Bluetooth audio streaming
Single CD player with MP3 capability, AM/FM radio and 4 speakers
Steering wheel audio controls
Air-conditioning

SPECIFICATIONS:
(1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine)
Capacity: 1198 cc
Bore and stroke: 78 mm x 83.6 mm
Compression ratio: 9.8:1
Maximum Power: 55 kW @ 6000 rpm
Maximum Torque: 104 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Emission rating: Euro 5

DRIVELINE:
Drivetrain: 5-speed manual / 4-speed automatic, front-wheel drive

DIMENSIONS, WEIGHT AND CAPACITIES:
Length: 3825 mm
Width: 1665 mm (excluding mirrors)
Height: 1520 mm
Wheelbase: 2435 mm
Track: 1470 / 1460 mm (front); 1475 / 1465 mm (rear)
Ground clearance: 116 mm
Gross vehicle mass: 1400 kg; 1410 kg
Tare mass: 943 / 956 kg; 969 kg
Cargo capacity: 251 litres
Seating capacity: 5
Fuel tank capacity: 41 litres
Turning circle: 9.0 m

SUSPENSION AND BRAKES:
Suspension: Independent MacPherson struts with stabiliser bar (front); Torsion beam with coil springs (rear)
Brakes: Ventilated discs (front); drum (rear). ABS Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist. Vehicle Dynamic Control
Steering: Power assisted rack and pinion
Wheels / tyres: 14-inch steel with full covers 14 x 5.5J; 15-inch alloy 15 x 5.5J / 165/70R14 / 175/60R15. Full-size steel spare

PERFORMANCE
Acceleration 0 to 100 km/h: N/A
Top speed: N/A

FUEL CONSUMPTION:
Fuel type: 91 RON unleaded
Combined Cycle (ADR 81/01): 5.9/6.5 litres; 6.5 litres per 100 km. CO2 emissions 138/154 g / km; 154 g / km

GREEN VEHICLE GUIDE RATINGS:
Greenhouse Rating: 8.0 / 10; 7.5 / 6.5
Air Pollution Rating: 8.5 / 10; 7.5 / 6.5

WARRANTY:
3 years / 100,000 kilometres; 24-hour roadside assist

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