Meet the funky new hatchback

2018-07-06 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedThe all-new Nissan Micra.

PHOTO: suppliedThe all-new Nissan Micra.

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THE fifth-generation of Nissan’s popular Micra has arrived in South Africa.

Nissan’s contender in the Lower B hatchback segment, the Micra Active, will continue to be sold alongside the all-new Micra, which will make its mark in the Upper B hatchback segment.

In South Africa, the Upper B hatchback segment represents approximately 15% of the passenger vehicle market, making it one of the most popular segments in the country.

ENGINE AND RANGE

There is one engine and a single transmission available at launch — the 66kW/140Nm Turbo-charged petrol engine mated to 5-speed manual.

The new Micra has been built on Nissan’s existing V-platform and has been significantly enhanced to deliver new levels of performance.

A rake/reach-adjustable steering wheel is standard, while the lowered seating position for driver and front passenger mean there’s exceptional headroom for taller occupants.

Boot capacity is a very competitive 300 litres, increasing to 1 004 litres when the 60:40 split rear seats are folded down.

Smart storage options are everywhere in the new Micra’s cabin, with location, capacity and design all optimised to ensure maximum convenience for occupants. Larger items can be placed in the centre console ahead of the gear selector. It offers flat storage for a phone, and includes ambient lighting plus USB and 12v sockets.

Customers’ desires to express their own personalities and design tastes through the new Micra will be another part of its appeal. The car will be available with a wide range of personalisation options, modifying the exterior and interior with premium components in a variety of stylish and contemporary colours.

The new Nissan Micra is equipped with a wide range of technologies designed to enhance the car’s comfort, convenience and safety performance. Many of them are standard across the range, while others are available from specific grades.

FEATURES

The Visia is sold standard with 15” steel wheels, daytime running lights, front power windows, a manual aircon, a Bluetooth and MP3 compatible audio system, cruise control, automatic headlights and six airbags.

The Acenta adds 16” alloy wheels, front foglights among other features while the Acenta Plus has 17” alloy wheels, a leather steering wheel and an Energy Orange interior.

CONNECTIVITY

The 7” touch-screen colour display on the Acenta and Acenta Plus allow the driver to access features such as music, messages and maps through Apple CarPlay in addition to the MP3, USB and Bluetooth in the Visia model.

When an iPhone is connected via an Apple lightning cable, it offers users Siri voice control, Apple maps with turn-by-turn navigation, access to music, telephone services and other apps such as Audiobooks and Spotify.

Complementing the audio unit is the advanced driver-assist display, located in the speedometer display.

Positioned to minimise “eyes off the road” time, it uses a high-definition 5” Thin Film Transistor colour display to provide the driver with key information about the car and journey.

It’s based on technology which Nissan developed for the Qashqai and X-Trail crossovers, and is controlled using dedicated steering wheel buttons.

SAFETY

The new hatchback is fitted with six airbags as standard, plus seat belt warnings and seat belt height adjustment for the front and rear.

Isofix child seats are standard in the new Micra, including in the front passenger seat.

Electronic safety systems include Vehicle Dynamic Control, Anti-locking Braking System, Electronic Brake force Distribution and Hill Start Assist.

1.0 MICRA ON THE WAY

Nissan has an extensive accessory personalisation offering for the new Micra, with features and colours designed to enhance the car’s already expressive exterior and uplifting interior.

In 2019, the range will be expanded with the inclusion of additional derivatives starting with the 1.0. Specifications and price will be confirmed next year.

PRICES

Nissan Micra Visia — R233 500

Nissan Micra Acenta — R257 400

Nissan Micra Acenta Plus — R272 400

As with all other Nissan vehicles, the Nissan Micra is covered by Nissan Assured and comes with a 6-year or 150 000km warranty; a 3-year or 90 000km service plan; and 24/7 roadside assistance.

— Wheels24

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