The Nissan Micra supermini range has been given a freshening up, with two new petrol engines and a sportier N-Sport trim level joining the family.
Both new petrol power units are turbocharged with a 1.0-litre capacity. First up is a 100hp variant, replacing the previous mid-range 0.9-litre, 90hp option. It drives the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox or a continuable variable automatic transmission (CVT).
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A 0-60mph time of 10.9 seconds is quoted for this engine, while Nissan also claims a combined fuel consumption of 50.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 103-105g/km, depending on the car’s specification.
The second new engine is a 115hp unit, which is apparently a completely different engine despite having an identical capacity to the 100hp version. It is only offered with a six-speed manual gearbox. This engine can pull the Micra from rest to 60mph in 9.9 seconds while returning a claimed 47.9mpg and emitting 114g/km of CO2.
New Micra N-Sport trim
N-Sport is a new offering in trim grades on the Micra range — aiming to bring it into line with the likes of the Ford Fiesta ST-Line, Volkswagen Polo R-Line and SEAT Ibiza FR. The Micra N-Sport models don’t get any mechanical upgrades, so performance is exactly the same as regular models.
A racier look is brought to the N-Sport specification via a faux carbon fibre finish on the alloy wheels and mirror caps, gloss black highlights on the bumpers, rear privacy glass and N-Sport badging.
Inside, the seats are upholstered in leather and Alcantara, while you’ll also spot ‘sports-design’ floor mats, white air vents and black headlining. Technology highlights include a rear-view camera with parking sensors, plus a keyless start system.
The revised Nissan Micra range is available from Nissan dealers now, with prices starting at £12,875 on-road.