New Nis­san Mi­cra is a classy su­per­mini

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motors -

The count­down is on to the launch of the new Nis­san Mi­cra and to cel­e­brate Mack­lin Mo­tors Nis­san are host­ing a VIP event from Fri­day, April 7 un­til Sun­day, April 9.

And an­tic­i­pa­tion is grow­ing for the new and classy su­per­mini Mi­cra.

Now in its fifth gen­er­a­tion, the new Mi­cra comes with some class lead­ing tech­nol­ogy in­clud­ing au­to­matic emer­gency brak­ing as stan­dard, a lane de­par­ture sys­tem that stops the car from stray­ing and a sur­round view cam­era sys­tem.

The cam­era gath­ers im­ages from the front, back and side of the car, and it pro­vides the driver with a vir­tual 360 de­gree view of what’s around – very handy when ma­noeu­vring.

And, as the Nis­san team was keen to point out, that field of view is bet­ter than any hu­man can man­age.

Ap­par­ently a cat’s vi­sion is bet­ter and pi­geons have al­most com­plete all-round pe­riph­eral vi­sion - but still not as much as the Mi­cra. Such a de­vice is ac­tu­ally a wel­come fea­ture on the new model since rear­ward vi­sion is com­pro­mised by some size­able back pil­lars, as is the case on so many small cars th­ese days.

On higher grade Mi­cras, the view is backed up with a full colour re­vers­ing cam­era and, al­though the new model is big­ger than be­fore, it’s easy to park – in fact it’s easy go­ing all round.

Sharply styled and with all the nec­es­sary mod cons on the tech­nol­ogy front, Nis­san is plan­ning on mak­ing its new baby a top 10 seller in a mar­ket dom­i­nated by the Ford Fi­esta and Vaux­hall Corsa.

The new Mi­cra is very much a car for Europe. It is built in France along­side the Re­nault Clio thanks to Nis­san’s global al­liance with the French auto gi­ant.

The pre­vi­ous model came from In­dia af­ter Nis­san shifted Mi­cra pro­duc­tion away from the UK where it was built at Nis­san’s Sun­der­land fac­tory – now home to the top sell­ing Qashqai, Note and Leaf elec­tric ve­hi­cle – from 1992 to 2010.

Prices are likely to start from £11,995 when the new Mi­cra ar­rives and that will be for a 1.0-litre petrol model. A 1.5-litre diesel will also be part of the line-up, from £14,195.

That’s com­pet­i­tive but main­stream and the Mi­cra comes into its own in higher spec­i­fi­ca­tion N Con­necta and Tekna trim, where the price starts at £15,995.

At this level the Mi­cra is a lit­tle limo and the Tekna grade model you could opt for has two-tone soft touch leather trim, a seven-inch colour touch screen with a sat nav and ‘in­fo­tain­ment’ sys­tem that in­cludes a high-end Bose per­sonal au­dio sys­tem, com­plete with sur­round sound high fi­delity speak­ers mounted in the driver’s head rest.

It brings top qual­ity au­dio to the small car mar­ket and over­all the en­tire feel and look of the Mi­cra cock­pit is very up­mar­ket.

The Mi­cra is a good look­ing, five door hatch, com­fort­able inside and has boot space rang­ing from 300 to 1,004 litres.

The new one has broader ap­peal than any of the pre­vi­ous ver­sions and is a su­per­mini that’s bang up to date in ev­ery as­pect.

So stylish The new Nis­san Mi­cra is bright and vi­brant inside

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