All-new Nissan Micra arriving in NZ soon

All-new Nissan Micra arriving in NZ soon

The all-new Nissan Micra is on its way, and after making its Australasian debut at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney, its New Zealand launch is drawing closer.

With some innovative packaging and modern small-car engineering, the new Nissan Micra is set to be solid value for money vehicle and should have a good level of specification and safety equipment when it goes on sale in New Zealand.

The new Micra builds on the success of its predecessor, but aims to attract a wider audience with fresh styling, spacious and fashion-aware interior and a long list of standard safety and convenience features. In New Zealand, a single powertrain option will be available in two specification grades.

Standard will be a 1.5L four-cylinder petrol engine which produces 75kW of power. When mated to the four-speed automatic transmission, fuel consumption is 6.6L/100km and emissions only 156g/km. The all-new Nissan Micra comes standard with Vehicle Dynamic Control, Anti-Lock Brakes with Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Brake Assist, as well as dual front, front side and curtain airbags on both models.

Convenience features such as a multifunction Drive Computer and air conditioning are standard, along with a unique digital anniversary reminder, remote entry, CD player, auxiliary input jack and steering wheel-mounted controls for the audio system. The top-of-the-range Micra Ti model offers extras like keyless entry and push button engine start/stop, Climate Control air conditioning, 15-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights and a unique convenience feature for female drivers – handbag storage on the front passenger’s seat.

If the front passenger seat is unoccupied, the rear section of the seat squab can be flipped forward, providing a secure well in which a bag or other small items may be stowed, to stop them rolling around in the footwell, or skidding off the seat under braking or cornering.

Despite being 85mm longer than the previous Micra, a tight, class-leading 9.0m turning circle will be appreciated in city traffic.

Weight saving has been a focus of the design team, which devised a unique lightweight, highly rigid roof panel that includes boomerang-shaped grooves to reduce the transmission of noise and vibration into the cabin. Built on Nissan’s new global V-platform, the all-new Micra will be on sale in a wide variety of markets, 160 in all. A full 98 percent of the materials used in the Micra’s construction are recyclable.

The Micra for the New Zealand market is produced in Thailand, alongside vehicles for the Japanese and Australian markets. The Micra will also be built in India, China and Mexico.

Pricing and launch timing of the Micra will be announced later in the year.

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