Nissan Micra undergoes major facelift


Nissan Micra undergoes major facelift

Nissan's popular small car has received a number of mid-life changes that the marque hopes will shake the model's current 'budget' image.

Going well beyond the usual minor nip and tuck of a regular mid-life refresh, the Micra receives some pretty serious alterations to both the front grille and the rear end as well as a comprehensive interior overhaul.

Inside, customers will be greeted by new instrument graphics that have been improved for greater clarity, while a new centre console refreshes the out-dated interior.

A gloss black finish and flashes of silver are used throughout the dash and centre console, while new fabrics for the doors and seat covers further accentuate the move away from the budget market.

New tech, such as dash-mounted AUX-in and USB slots are linked to all audio systems, plus the new Micra benefits from the availability of the latest NissanConnect navigation and communication system, which has new features and a bigger 5.8-inch screen (up from 5-inches) with chromed controls.

The new Micra will follow the same specification labelling as larger models such as the Juke and Qashqai. The entry-level Visia models get remote central locking, electric front windows plus the updated audio inputs.

Mid-range Acenta models receive 15-inch wheels, front fog lights and Bluetooth connectivity while the range-topping Tekna version get even bigger alloys and top-of-the-range interior technology.

Not ones to miss a trend, Nissan is now offering the Micra with personalisation options, including: different coloured wheel centre caps and door mirrors as well as a variety of colours for the gear knob and floor mats.

Engines remain unchanged, so that means the entry-level 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol and the 1.2-litre supercharged petrol DIG-S (which is capable of 68.9mpg) remain the only choice.

The updated Micra arrives in showrooms this September and will cost nominally more than the current model.

Nissan Micra Facelift

Nissan Micra Facelift