Nissan has launched the Micra diesel at Nissan’s Ichiban showroom in Mumbai this week. The Micra is powered by a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder 8 valve engine from sister company Renault that delivers 64 hp and 160 Nm of torque.
Nissan’s Indian subsidiaries announced that the car has an average consumption of about 23 km per liter or about 4.34 liter per 100 kilometers (53 US mpg).
As the Indian automotive market continues to grow, the demand for the small capacity diesel engines remains strong. For now, the new Nissan Micra Diesel will only be produced in and for the Indian market.
There are no plans yet about expanding to other markets. Nissan has also confirmed that the diesel version won’t be available in Europe. Nissan claims that the costs required to align the small diesel with Euro 6 emissions standards are too high. The Indian-produced Micra is expected to arrive in Europe next year.
The engine options for the new Micra include a pair of brand new three-cylinder petrol engines displacing 1.2-liters. The entry-level version is a normally aspirated 59kW (80 hp) unit, which boasts a CO2 emissions rating of 115 g/km.
On the other hand, the second version is a direct injection gasoline engine with a supercharger to enhance power to 72kW (100 hp).
This has a CO2 emissions level of only 95 g/km. With these efficiency levels, there is really no reason to offer a diesel option for this model. The supercharged version will be presented in Europe in the spring of 2011.
The new Nissan Micra will enter at least 160 country markets and is expected to attract all kinds of customers, from urbane Parisians, Tokyo fashionistas, Shanghai families and anyone else.
As Koji Nagano, Design Director for the Nissan brand, states, they designed for “a very broad spectrum of people worldwide,” meaning it should cater to an expansive range of needs.
Nagano adds that the second design challenge was achieving class-leading interior and exterior quality levels. The fact that it is a compact car shouldn’t equate to it being accepted for lower quality because the public expects only the best. Hence, Nissan’s objective was to elevate quality standards while also targeting their third goal of designing a compact car with a distinctively chic design.
The Nissan Micra has retained similar dimensions as its predecessors, remaining a true city car throughout its history. By contrast, a lot of its segment competitors 15 years ago have gradually grown to now be classified in the higher sub-segments. The Micra’s continuation as a compact is ideal for the European compact city car market. In terms of dimensions, the new Nissan Micra is only a little longer and wider, but a tad lower.
Design-wise, the Micra’s profile is its most identifying feature, especially with its arched side window graphic. This is part of its design heritage and is much appreciated in Europe and Japan. Its implementation on the new model stands out more as it is highlighted by the striking spoiler at the roof’s rear end.
Meanwhile, the new overall shape is more powerful, with a robustly rounded waistline and a characteristic crease above the sills. However, the front and rear details are all new.
Even with all the design updates, the Nissan Micra still features its extolled all-round visibility. This design feature is vital for city driving convenience. Like its preceding models, the Micra’s cockpit affords an expansive road view including extremities, so that confidence remains during tight manoeuvres or in narrow spaces.
Makoto Yamane, Associate Product Chief Designer, says that the Micra has a stylishly chic face, while also being approachable, like that of a true friend.