Nissan has opened the order book for two new models. The automaker adds to its Micra range with two special models named Kuro (which means black in Japanese) and Shiro (which translates to white). Nissan based these models on the mid grade Acenta specification but they come with several features that are typically found only on the range-topping models. Sapphire Black, a new metallic paint, is used on the Kuro.
Meanwhile, Shiro is offered with a choice of two white shades, either Pearl or Alabaster. Both get a glamorous accent. Shiro and Kuro are fitted with an ivory-effect dashboard and lighter seat trim. The additional equipment includes heated front seats, parking sensors with parking space measurement, and climate control.
For only £400, an integrated satellite navigation system known as Nissan Connect could be installed on the vehicle. The tailgate is where a special badge is placed. The new models have both Micra engines and transmissions. The 1.2-litre normally-aspirated and new supercharged DIG-S powerplants are also available with manual or CVT automatic transmissions. Prices begin at £11,550 for a 1.2-litre manual.
Built to appeal to city drivers in 160 countries around the world, the new Nissan Micra has much to live up to. Koji Nagano, Design Director for Nissan said that its goal was to appeal to families around the world, whether it was Londoners, New Yorkers, Parisians, or essentially anyone who lived in a tightly packed, urban environment.
Many of the city cars who were once peers of the Micra have since gone on to create bigger vehicles which barely fit the category of city car anymore. You can see this in the new model which in spite of the modifications remains the same size as previous iterations. This was a decision intended to keep in mind a European market, one which loves the compact city car. It’s now a touch wider, longer and slightly lower, as is in vogue.
Retaining the arched side window graphics was a design choice the team felt honour-bound to keep. This particular motif is beloved across Europe and Asia, its biggest markets. And this, along with a new rear spoiler, has been one of the highlights of the new model.
An examination of the profile of the new Micra reveals a compact car with capacities beyond those of any of its predecessors. It is bolder for starters and it now carries prominent creases above the sills. Meanwhile, the waistline of the vehicle is not only lower but carries a stronger feel to it. Changes have also been made to the front and rear of the Micra to mark it as different to the previous models.
One thing however has remained the same. The most complimented and versatile element of the Micra remains to be its overall visibility. Crucial to city living, parking and driving, the Micra has a dominating view all around it from the driver's seat much like previous generations.