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Nissan Micra
The new-look Micra

AS THIRD bestselling car in the UK, the Nissan Micra is no stranger to our roads.

The ultimate supermini however has recently undergone a transformation to showcase a more muscular design, highlighted by a new front grille and matching bumpers, finished off with a subtle chrome lining for the ultimate urban commuting experience.      

The new front and rear bumpers are complemented by the more prominent and newly shaped head and fog lights and LED taillights.

In addition, buyers will be able to choose the colour of the wheel caps and door mirrors, with a selection of new paint colours to match. Alloy wheels will also be an option on higher spec versions.

There hasn’t been a copious amount of improvement when it comes to the engine, with a choice of either the 79bhp 1.2-litre petrol version or supercharged, direct-injection model with 97bhp. The more powerful of which is also the cleaner option, with low CO2 emissions of 95g/km, versus the standard figure of 115g/km.

The real power boost has been to the overall driveability of the vehicle and the new automatic version to be made available in the petrol model.

Another area where the Nissan Micra does pack a punch is its improved selection of gadgets, particularly on the higher-spec variants, which now include rear-view camera and climate control alongside keyless entry and start-stop buttons.

Nissan Micra
The front has seen the greatest change – a more muscular look with new grille, bumper and chrome trim

The stylish beige interior features enhanced NissanConnect with hands-free Bluetooth, 3D map and automatic traffic updates for easier city driving, whilst the LED Matrix display on the dashboard, an all new technology feature by Nissan, makes the controls easier to read. 

The park assist feature will inform you if your car will fit into the space, whilst the parking sensors will help you position your car quickly and safely.

With airbags, head restraints as standard, as well as Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), you can also look forward to improved driving control and ABS to prevent the wheels from locking under extreme braking  

Comfort levels have also been upped in the form of reduced road noise, cruise control for relaxed motorway driving and a panoramic glass roof – allowing you to see more of the city skyline whilst navigating even the tightest of streets.

Finally, the smart storage locations positioned around the cabin interior are finished off with a good sized boot to give you extra space whenever you may need it.

The premium style hatchback will be available in the UK in September. We won’t however be seeing the new, powered up Micra Nismo, which will only be available in Japan. 

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