New Micra comes sporting heavy cosmetic updates

Hatchback is certainly the most competitive and popular automotive segment in Indian market. But with time, customers are looking for new dimensions in the small hatchbacks. They expect the new models to come more premium, more feature laden more stylish and more powerful. To cope with the demand the automakers are bringing us some spectacular new models. The old dull and Spartan models are donning stylish guise.

So far, the hatchbacks are becoming more upmarket. Nissan Micra is present in India for quite some years. The car has been very practical and sporty looking. But in India it couldn’t fetch a good amount of sales volume. Meanwhile the Maruti-Suzuki, which is the most popular and best selling automotive brand in India, has launched the Baleno premium hatchback last year. The Baleno has garnered enormous popularity across the country.

Nissan has already begun testing the new Micra, which is expected to launch in India sometime around 2018. The car is expected to make its official global debut at the upcoming 2016 Paris Motor Show. In India, the new Micra will compete against Maruti-Suzuki Baleno. While the Baleno is already a premium hatchback, the new Nissan Micra has been designed to enter the premium niche. Here we present you a spec sheet based comparison between the two hatchbacks.

EXTERIOR

Talking about the exterior comparison between the 2018 Nissan Micra and the Maruti-Suzuki Baleno, the latter looks polished and suave compare to the Micra. The Nissan hatchback looks rugged and aggressive in its latest avatar. The new Micra sports a radically different design compare to the outgoing model. It features trim and sleek headlamp clusters with LED daytime running lights, chrome garnished V motion grille. The front bumper comes aggressive looking. Talking about the side profile the car gets sporty alloy wheels, flared wheel arches, flowing crisp character lines, floating roof, blackened thick C pillar. The rear passenger door handle is positioned at the C pillar. The rear profile would get a roof spoiler and larger taillamps.

Meanwhile the Maruti-Suzuki Baleno looks less aggressive than the Micra. The Baleno features swept back sharp headlamps with LED daytime running lights, chrome garnished V shaped grille. The side profile boasts a clean look with subtle character lines. Enhancing the appeal are the features like alloy wheels, blackened glass area, floating roof design, LED taillamps, roof spoiler.

Dimensionally the new Micra may come different than the outgoing model. Here is a table displaying the dimensional differences between the outgoing Nissan Micra and the Maruti-Suzuki Baleno.

DIMENSION

Specifications Nissan Micra Maruti-Suzuki Baleno
Length 3825 mm 3995 mm
Width 1665 mm 1745 mm
Height 1525 mm 1500 mm
Wheelbase 2450 mm 2520 mm
Ground clearance 150 mm 170 mm

INTERIOR

The interior of the new Nissan Micra is yet to be revealed. But we can expect the interior of the 2018 Micra to come bearing design cues from the Nissan Sway concept, which was showcased at 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Expect the car to feature a multifunction steering wheel, dual analog dials and a TFT display consisting instrument cluster, a large touchscreen infotainment system at the centre console. The interior would don a dual tone colour theme. Also expect more space out of the cabin compare to the outgoing model. The upholsteries will become upmarket as well.

The interior of the Baleno reflects style and charm. It sports a multifunction steering wheel, dual analog dials and a LCD display at the instrument cluster. The center console features a 7 inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and SmartPlay. The interior of Baleno is spacious. It comes with a blackened theme, which makes the cabin sporty.

DRIVETRAIN

The outgoing Nissan Micra is powered by a 1.2 litre DOHC petrol engine mated to a CVT gearbox. It churns out 76 PS of peak power and 104 Nm of peak torque. It offers 19.34 kmpl of fuel economy. Another engine is a 1.5 litre SOHC engine paired with a 5 speed manual gearbox generating 64 PS of peak power and 160 Nm of peak torque. It delivers fuel economy of 23.08 kmpl.

The Maruti-Suzuki Baleno on the other hand gets power from a 1.2 litre petrol engine mated to a 5 speed manual transmission kicking out 84 PS of peak power and 115 Nm of peak torque. The diesel engine is a 1.3 litre DDiS engine which is mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox kicking out 75 PS of peak power and 190 Nm of peak torque. The petrol and diesel Baleno offers fuel economy of 21.4 kmpl and 27.39 kmpl respectively.

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION

Specifications Nisan Micra Maruti-Suzuki Baleno
Engine 1.2 litre DOHC / 1.5 litre SOHC 1.2 litre DDiS / 1.3 litre DDiS
Transmission CVT / 5 speed manual 5 speed manual
Maximum power 76 PS / 64 PS 84 PS / 75 PS
Maximum torque 104 Nm / 160 Nm 115 Nm / 190 Nm
Fuel economy 19.34 kmpl / 23.08 kmpl 21.04 kmpl / 27.39 kmpl

PRICE

The outgoing Nissan Micra is priced between INR. 5.99 lakh to INR. 6.93 lakh. Expect the new model to come higher priced. While on the other hand the Maruti-Suzuki Baleno is priced between INR. 5.15 lakh to INR. 8.33 lakh.

CONCLUSION

The new generation Nissan Micra comes better looking compare to the Maruti-Suzuki Baleno. The interior of both the cars are designed to impress with premiumness. When it comes to power front, the Maruti-Suzuki Baleno surely stays ahead compare to the Micra.

What we think

If the next generation Nissan Micra comes with the same power and performance outputs, the Maruti-Suzuki Baleno surely gets the edge. As the Maruti-Suzuki made premium hatchback comes with better performance, better power and of course better fuel economy. Who doesn’t know, that Indian customers are very much sensitive when it comes to the fuel economy. And above all, while purchasing the Baleno, you get the brand value of the India’s largest automotive brand.

Nissan Micra

Maruti Suzuki Baleno

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