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Specs and prices for new Nissan Micra revealed

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Nissan Micra

New Nissan Micra aims to target empty nesters and young couples, taking on the Ford Fiesta.

Prices for the 2017 Nissan Micra will begin at £11,995 when it hits the market next March. The range starts with the Visia trim, going up through the Visia+, the Acenta, the N-Connecta and the £17,295 Tekna trim.

The entry-level model will be powered by a 73bhp 1.0-litre petrol engine and the range will also include a three-cylinder 0.9-litre petrol unit and a 1.5-litre diesel, both of which feature in the line-up of lower-end Renaults.

Nissan Micra Acenta

Nissan believes that the three-cylinder 0.9-litre Micra in the Acenta trim will be the range’s most popular option and will be a rival to the new Ford Fiesta. This Nissan will be priced at £14,995, making it very similar to the predicted £15,000 starting price of the new Fiesta after Ford decided to get rid of lower-spec Fiestas in favour of the new Ka+.

The available options will mean a greater degree of personalisation than has ever been seen before on the Nissan Micra. These include decals for the roof, sides and bonnet, metallic paint, and comfort and vision packs with the Acenta trim. The vision pack offers keyless entry and start-up, as well as automatic air conditioning, whilst the comfort option adds rear parking sensors and a reversing camera.

A 'flagship' model

Laurent Marion, product manager for Nissan, said that the new Micra has been developed as ‘a flagship’. He added that the brand was renowned for its progressive cars such as the Qashqai, Note and Juke but now the company wants to show that it can perform well in what Marion terms ‘the toughest sector’.

At the start of the development process for the new Nissan Micra, the brand identified a trio of key attractors which are important to European drivers choosing superminis. These are confident handling which is stable and agile; an inviting interior; and expressive design.

The new Nissan Micra is larger than the outgoing model, meaning that it will make its debut in the mainstream European B-segment hatch sector. Its length has increased by 170mm and its width is up at 77mm. At 1,742mm, the new model will be the widest car in its class.

The height of the car is reduced by 69mm to 1,452mm, which is average for its class. The wheelbase is 75mm longer, meanwhile, reaching a competitive 2,525mm and resulting in improved boot space. Nissan research has revealed that space for luggage is a more important consideration for its potential buyers than the rear seat space on offer.

Nissan has taken its ‘expressive styling’ design for the new Micra from the Sway concept, which was shown off at last year’s Geneva motor show. Its key features include a raked windscreen; lower, floating roof; a character line running from front to back; a short bonnet; and jewel-like lights. The new Micra gets larger wheels, with 16-inches as standard and 17-inch versions available as an option.

Focus for the new Nissan Micra

Nissan wants the new Micra to appeal to empty nesters, who want to reduce the size of their cars but not the quality, in addition to young couples. This is why it makes use of soft trim materials which can be found in the more expensive Qashqai and has a five-inch instrument screen rather than the 3.5-inch version which was first considered.

Nissan’s research has also led to the inclusion of a seven-inch infotainment screen, class-leading connectivity, Bose audio and driver’s headrest speakers in higher-end versions.

There are five different equipment levels on offer and, depending on the choice, the Nissan Micra has many of the driver assistance features seen in more expensive cars. These include forward city braking, together with optional pedestrian recognition, traffic sign recognition, blind spot and lane departure warning and a surround-view camera.

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