Nissan Micra (2010–2016)
- March 2010: New Micra revealed
- November 2010: Micra goes on sale
- February 2011: Micra DIG-S announced
- December 2011: Two new special Micras models added
- August 2012: Nissan Micra ELLE launched
- October 2012: Micra price cut announced
- June 2013: Comprehensive makeover revealed
- June 2013: Prices and specifications for facelifted Micra
- January 2014: Micra Limited Edition launched
- August 2015: Micra N-TEC introduced
New Micra revealed
Fourth generation Micra, no longer to be built at Sunderland. World premiere of Nissan’s new global compact car at Geneva International Motor Show March 2010. It is the first new model to be developed on Nissan’s all new V Platform. Length 3,780mm, width 1,665mm, height 1,515mm, weight 950-965kg.
In Europe, a simple engine line-up sees just two engines options – both are variations on Nissan’s all-new naturally aspirated HR12 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine. Inheriting its DNA from the HR16 4-cylinder engine powering the Note and Qashqai, the new engine employs valve-timing control (VTC). Power is rated at 59kW (80ps, while torque output is 108Nm. At only 115g/km, emissions for this version are world-class.
In addition to the new normally aspirated engine, Nissan later offered a supercharged 1.2-litre direct injection iteration with a start-stop system fitted as standard in Europe. These technological innovations – stop-start reduces CO2by six per cent – combine to offer spirited performance, with outputs of 72kW (98PS) and 142Nm of torque. Emissions are just 95g/km, an exceptional achievement for a petrol engine.
Both engine options in Europe are available with either a 5-speed manual gearbox or Nissan’s all-new Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The wide gear coverage enables the 1.2-litre engine to achieve the economy of a 1.0-litre as well as brisk acceleration.
The new Micra is available with reversing sensors and a new ‘parking space measurement’ (PSM) device with three skill levels (amateur, normal and expert) to lessen the burden of parking in tight spaces – a unique feature in this segment, and likely to be a popular innovation in Europe where ‘touch parking’ is a way of life.
It also offers an Intelligent Key, Nissan Connect, Nissan’s accessible touch-screen combined audio and satellite navigation system, glass roof, automatic wipers, speed sensitive volume on the audio, a push button start-stop system in addition to a drive computer which supplies drivers with real time fuel economy information, cruising range and outside temperature. On the security side, the car is also fitted with a speed-sensitive automatic door locking system.
Micra goes on sale
Prices start at £8,995 for the base-spec, steel wheeled, no air-con Visia, rising through £10,595 for the Acenta, which adds air-con and cruise control. The Tekna costs from £12,095 and gets you a new parking slot measurement system, rear park sensors, a glass roof, auto headlamps and wipers, and electric folding mirrors.
Micra DIG-S announced
The new engine emits just 95g/km of CO2 making it equal lowest CO2 petrol engine to the FIAT 500 TwinAir when running in Econ mode.
Known as the DIG-S, the engine is a direct injection unit with a supercharger − hence the car's name: Direct Injection Gasoline-Supercharger. It delivers sparkling performance, frugal economy and exceptionally low emissions. It has been designed to meet and exceed the everyday driving demands of the modern world and is the ideal partner for Micra, Nissan's small city car.
The DIG-S engine produces 98PS and 142Nm, while emissions are 95g/km for the manual version and 115g/km for the CVT version. Maximum speed is 112mph for manual. Combined cycle fuel economy figures for the manual Visia version is 68.9mpg.
By minimising heat, friction and pumping losses as much a possible, Nissan's engineers have created an engine that sets the standard for the rest of the industry. Its three-cylinder configuration gives many benefits including less weight and further reductions in friction loss, thanks to having fewer moving parts. Further gains are made thanks to the adoption of advanced engine management systems with Start/Stop and energy regeneration.
Two new special Micras models added
Named Kuro and Shiro, meaning black and white respectively in Japanese, the new models are based on the mid grade Acenta specification but feature a number of charms usually reserved for top-of-the-range models.
The Kuro is painted in Sapphire Black, a brand new metallic colour, and Shiro is available with a choice of two white shades - Pearl or Alabaster. Both Shiro and Kuro also feature an ivory-effect dashboard and lighter seat trim to add a touch of glamour inside.
Extra equipment includes parking sensors with parking space measurement, heated front seats and climate control. Nissan Connect, an integrated satellite navigation system, is available as an option for just £400.
As a finishing touch, both Kuro and Shiro will have a special badge placed on the tailgate. Both Micra engines and transmissions are available in the new models; the 1.2-litre normally-aspirated and new supercharged DIG-S powerplants with manual or CVT automatic transmissions. Prices start at £11,550 for a 1.2-litre manual.
Nissan Micra ELLE launched
The Nissan Micra ELLE goes on sale in the UK on 1 September priced from £12,000. Special features include a panoramic glass roof, chromed accents to the lower part of the grille, chrome interior door handles, 15-inch titanium grey alloy wheels, fog lamps and a roof spoiler. There are three colours available - Shiraz Red, Alabaster White and Atlas Blue - as well as a new seat fabric covering.
The award-winning Nissan Connect integrated satellite navigation and infotainment system is available as an option. Discreet ELLE badges on the tailgate and front wings, front floor mats and front door guards mark out the Micra ELLE on the high street.
As the Micra ELLE is based on the mid-range Acenta model, it has a long list of standard equipment including automatic air conditioning, Intelligent Key for keyless entry and push button start, electrically heated and folding door mirrors, along with a speed limiter and cruise control.
Just 500 Micra ELLE models will be coming to the UK and buyers have the choice of either the 1.2-litre 80PS normally aspirated three-cylinder petrol engine or the sophisticated 1.2 direct injection supercharged (DIG-S) petrol engine, which develops 98PS yet produces just 99g/km of CO2.
Micra price cut announced
Now from £7,995. Despite the low price it still has plenty of equipment with Bluetooth as standard as well as an auxiliary input for MP3 players, even on the entry-level Visia. It is also available for just £99 per month on a PCP deal.
The Acenta model is now £9,995. On top of the Visia's equipment it has 15-inch alloys, air conditioning, front fog lamps and a leather steering wheel among other items. It is also available for just £119 per month.
Next up the Micra ladder is the Acenta Connect which has Nissan's Connect touchscreen satnav system combined with Bluetooth for hands-free telephone calls and music streaming. The Acenta Connect costs £11,750 and is available for £129 per month.
The most stylish member of the Micra range, the ELLE, is a special edition produced with the world's leading women's magazine. In addition to the Acenta Connect spec, it has climate control, a glass roof, painted 15-inch alloy wheels and ELLE badging as standard. The ELLE is now just £11,195 and available for £139 per month too.
Comprehensive makeover revealed
The revised car features updated exterior styling, improved interior quality and various bits of new equipment. New model priced from around £9,800.
The revised Micra gets a new front end with lights similar to those on the new Note, along with a grille like that seen on the Juke crossover. The tail lights now feature LEDs and there is a new rear bumper, plus new alloy wheel designs.
Inside there is a completely new centre console with new vents and there are new materials to lift the ambience of the cabin, including a new gear-knob trim and gloss black details. Top-of-the range Tekna models get suede-effect seat coverings with double stitching.
Every Micra now gets USB and aux audio connectivity and a 12V socket for charging gadgets. All but the basic Visia models get improved audio equipment with better dashboard integration, plus a new NissanConnect infotainment system is available with Google-linked sat nav.
Same two engines – a 1.2-litre supercharged petrol with 98PS and CO2 emissions of 95g/km and a naturally-aspirated 1.2 with 80PS and 115g/km emissions. A CVT Automatic gearbox is optional, in place of the standard five-speed manual.
Three trim levels – Visia, Accenta and Tekna. The former gets front electric windows, 14-inch steel wheels, aux and USB connectivity and safety gear including ABS and ESP. Moving up to Accenta gets you 15-inch steel wheels, a roof spoiler, climate control, front foglights, automatic wipers and headlights and Bluetooth connectivity.
Prices and specifications for facelifted Micra
The three-model range will hit UK showrooms in September, with prices starting from £9950 for the entry level Visia model.
The range has been given a styling overhaul, with new lights and Juke-style front grille. The car gets a new, rounder rear too, with redesigned bumper and LED tail-lights.
There’s two three-cylinder engines to choose from - both 1.2-litre petrols - and the standard unit offers 80PS with a claimed 57mpg. Those wanting more power can specify the Supercharged DIG-S powerplant, which will deliver 98PS and return 69mpg on the combined cycle. A manual gearbox is fitted as standard, but a CVT transmission is available as a £500 option.
Prices start from £9950 for the entry level Visia, which includes six airbags, Bluetooth ‘phone connectivity and remote central locking as standard. The Acenta model will start from £11550 and add alloy wheels, leather steering wheel, climate control and cruise control to the equipment list.
Those wanting more can opt for the range-topping Tekna, which offers NissanConnect navigation, rear parking sensors and keyless start for a £1400 premium. The order books for the Micra are open now and cars will be in Nissan showrooms from September.
Micra Limited Edition launched
Based on the mid-range Acenta model, the Limited Edition New Micra features a contrasting roof. Matched to the door mirror caps, this is available in three colour combinations: Pacific Blue with a White roof/mirror caps, Shiraz Red with a Black roof/mirror caps and Alabaster White with a Red roof/mirror caps.
In addition, the Limited Edition New Micra has contrasting side sills and centre caps, a ‘Limited Edition’ badge and a chrome exhaust finisher. On the inside, there’s plenty more detailing to catch the eye; the roof colour is echoed on the air vents and lower part of the gearshift column together with coloured mats.
Based on the Acenta trim, the Limited Edition New Micra comes with 15-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, cruise control, roof spoiler and many more features. It is priced from £12,300.
Micra N-TEC introduced
Priced from £12,400 the Micra N-TEC is available with the same engine line-up as other models in the range. That means customers can choose between the entry-level 1.2-litre petrol engine that produces 80PS, or the supercharged 1.2-litre DIG-S unit that develops 98PS. The former is available with a CVT automatic transmission as an option.
The new Micra N-TEC’s equipment list includes the lastest-generation NissanConnect system. Accessed via a 5.8-inch colour touchscreen display, the N-TEC’s NissanConnect system includes satellite navigation and smartphone integration. It also comes with features such as Google Send-To-Car technology, which allows an owner to plan a journey on their PC or tablet at home or in the office and then send the instructions to the car ahead of the journey.
The Micra n-tec’s equipment list also includes Rear Parking Sensors and Parking Slot Measurement. Other technologies fitted as standard to the new Micra N-TEC include automatic climate control, rain sensing windscreen wipers and automatic headlights.