The Nissan Micra is an fascinating, tiny little factor that in an alternate universe (possibly a late-2010s fuel crunch?) might need made it to American shores as a gas-saving, subcompact commuter automobile. In spite of everything, it is loaded with extra character than a Versa, and our shut Canadian neighbors had been capable of purchase Micras from their introduction within the early 1980s proper up till this yr, when it was lastly discontinued. And in Mexico, the previous-generation Micra continues to be obtainable because the Nissan March. However over in Europe, the Micra continues to be going robust, and it has been up to date for the 2021 mannequin yr.
The most important information for the refreshed mannequin—it was all-new in 2017, wanting a bit like a tinier Nissan Leaf—is a change in powertrains. A brand new 1.0-liter, turbocharged gasoline engine is now the one possibility. It replaces two older engine choices, one fuel and one diesel. Nissan’s mum on output figures proper now, though for a automobile like this they’re certainly much less vital than gas consumption figures. Transmission choices aren’t generally known as of but, however beforehand the Micra used a five-speed handbook or an optionally available CVT, and it is doubtless these will carry over.
There are additionally two new trim ranges. N-Sport originated as a particular trim, however now it is an ordinary trim stage. It will get gloss black exterior accents and 17-inch alloy wheels, additionally completed in gloss black. Entrance lamps are full LED. Alcantara on the dashboard and utilized in seat inserts give a way of sportiness, however there aren’t any efficiency or dealing with upgrades.
The Tekna trim is actually a expertise package deal, that includes Clever Round View Monitor cameras, blind spot warning, and a few fancy Bose audio system—together with some constructed into the motive force’s headrest. In-built navigation can be customary.
Given Nissan’s alliance with Renault, you is perhaps stunned to find that that is the primary Nissan mannequin to be in-built a Renault manufacturing facility. Many Nissans and Renaults share powertrains and/or platforms, and have for some time now, so the stunning half is that it is taken this lengthy for this to be the case.
The 2021 Micra will hit sellers within the U.Okay. this month, and can begin at £13,995 (roughly $18,600 at right this moment’s alternate charges).