2013 Nissan Micra/March gets a facelift

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 2, 2013

We saw a preview of a facelifted Nissan Micra when its March equivalent was launched in Thailand. The Micra was set to undergo upgrades soon after it went on sale in early 2011 in a very competitive supermini market. From the photographs that were released, we saw that the March/Micra has a bolder front grille and bumper arrangement.

Meanwhile, the new headlamps make it aesthetically more interesting. Among the changes made to the rear are LED lights and a new lineup of alloy wheel designs. The interior seems to keep the architecture of the existing Micra but it comes with several improved switchgear and materials. Nissan makes these changes after the cabin’s appearance was criticized.

It’s not probable that Nissan will change the engine range of the Micra, even when the European market asked for a small diesel. This means that it will continue to offer a 1.2-litre petrol engine in either naturally aspirated or supercharged forms.

Since the Micra facelift appears to be limited, it’s implied that Nissan's focus in the UK is on its successful crossover ranges, like the Qashqai and Juke. The revised Micra is expected to arrive in showrooms in the later part of 2013.

Nissan Micra, which is known as Nissan March in some markets, is manufactured in four locations around the world and sold in 56 nations. The cars sold in Europe are manufactured in India. Other production facilities are located in Mexico, China and Thailand.

Even with its global reach, much of the changes that you see on the new Nissan Micra are directed at the European market. See these changes when the car hits showrooms in September.

The new Nissan Micra looks very European and gives the best in handling, technology, quality and performance that car buyers in the continent want.

The changes are most easily seen on the outside of the car. The new face now features a new grille, looking more like the Japanese carmaker’s corporate looking models that have the circular logo embedded inside a chrome V-shaped motif.

Apart from the grille, you can also see changes to the headlights, front bumper, wings and the bonnet. The front fog lamps now have a more distinct shape and chrome elements. All of these modifications made the new Micra look more assertive, dynamic and stronger.

The rear has been changed as well. The back part of the Micra now has new LED taillights, infill panel and bumper. Additionally, you have new 15-inch alloy wheels as well as 16-inch alloy wheels that are machine finished. These changes have made the Micra look more focused as it hugs the road more.

The Micra’s choice of colours now includes pearl metallic Pacific Blue and Platinum Sage. The addition of these two colors brings the available palette options to ten.

Meanwhile, you can also find modifications for the Micra’s interiors. The instrument panel now has clearer graphics while the center console now sports redesigned air vents.

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