Nissan Micra; New vs Old
India spec new Nissan Micra will come based on the tweaked V platform
Nissan Micra is a pretty popular global model from the Japanese automaker. The small hatchback is present in Indian market as well. Despite being a very practical car the Micra is not as popular as the Maruti-Suzuki models are in India. Since 1982 the Micra have been in the Nissan lineup. In India the car was launched few years back. Despite some minor changes and updates the car remains same. But with the Nissan showcasing the Sway concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show we knew an all new Nissan Micra is in the pipeline.
Now the automaker has started testing the new Micra. We have also caught glimpses of the upcoming new generation Micra. Honestly it looks radically different compare to the outgoing model. The styling has been revised vehemently, and the new model looks way much aggressive. Expect the interior to come more upmarket. Some mechanical changes are also expected from the new model.
Here we are presenting you a spec sheet based comparison between the new and old Nissan Micra.
Take a look at the front fascia of the new Nissan Micra. You will see the steep difference compare to the outgoing model. The front grille, headlamp clusters come completely revamped. The front grille looks layered with the chrome garnished V motion grille. In the outgoing model the front grille is smaller and less chrome embellishment there. The headlamps come in swept back appearance and sport a trimmed look. Additionally the headlamp clusters also feature LED daytime running lights. The front bumper has been revised as well. It sports round shaped fog lamps sitting amidst black accented area. The hood remains similar though. At the side profile the new Micra sports new design alloy wheels, which make it bolder looking than the outgoing model. The roof also comes with a new design.
Unlike the outgoing model’s conventional design the 2018 Nissan Micra features floating roof pattern. The glass area has been blackened out, while the C pillar has been thickened. The black C pillar also houses the rear passenger door handle, which is absent in the outgoing model. No wonder the new Micra took the inspiration from the Sway concept. We also see this uplifted rear door handle design in the Chevrolet Beat and upcoming Maruti-Suzuki Swift. The rear of the upcoming Micra will sport a roof spoiler, while the taillamps would come redesigned.
The interior of the Nissan Micra is Spartan looking. Honestly, it looks dated compare to the other models. But the upcoming 2018 Nissan Micra would sport a stylish interior. As we have seen the Nissan Sway concept, the interior of the new Micra would get a multifunction three spoke steering wheel. In the outgoing model the steering wheel comes sans the control buttons. The instrument cluster would get a completely new appearance with dual round dials and a TFT display at the centre instead of large analog dials.
The center console of the new model is also going to be a significant update. Expect the new Micra to come featuring a touchscreen infotainment system, which is not available inside the outgoing Micra. Apart from that, the new Micra would don upmarket upholsteries. The cabin is also likely to become more spacious, as the new Micra will come based on a new platform. Added to that, we might expect some upmarket features as well.
The new Nissan Micra will come based on the new CMF-B platform, which has been developed by the Nissan and Renault alliance. The India spec Micra will be based on the tweaked V platform though. Expect the powertrain to remain same for the India spec model. It could get a power update albeit. The global model will get power from a 0.9 litre TCe turbocharged petrol engine. Transmission duty will be done by a manual gearbox; while there will be an automatic gearbox as option. Meanwhile the India spec Nissan Micra gets power from a 1.2 litre DOHC petrol engine mated to a CVT gearbox and it churns out 76 PS of peak power. On the diesel front the Micra is powered by a 1.5 litre SOHC engine which is paired with a 5 speed manual transmission and kicks out 64 PS of peak power. Also being based on a revamped platform, we can expect better fuel economy.
The top end trim of the outgoing Micra comes equipped with safety features like drive side airbag, seat belt warning, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), engine immobilizer, child safety lock etc. Expect the same safety features to continue in the new Micra as well.
The outgoing Nissan Micra is priced between INR. 5.99 lakh to INR. 6.93 lakh. Expect the new Micra to come priced a bit higher than the outgoing model.