Nis­san goes back to fu­ture to help Mi­cra re­claim crown

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - MOTORING NEWS - STEVE TEALE

THIS IS a good time to be buy­ing a hatch­back. A flurry of com­pet­i­tive new mod­els are on sale with the best boast­ing the type of fea­tures once only seen in ex­ec­u­tive mod­els.

The lat­est su­per hatch is Mi­cra which is on sale now from £11,995.

This fresh de­sign breathes new life into a model which was once re­garded as one of the best hatches on the mar­ket – stylish, re­li­able and so ro­bust it was a main­stay of driv­ing schools.

Nis­san failed to keep up though and Mi­cra lost much of its ap­peal, but the new ver­sion is ar­guably the best car in its class.

Paul Will­cox, chair­man, Nis­san Europe, said: “The rev­o­lu­tion­ary fifth-gen­er­a­tion Mi­cra sets new stan­dards for Euro­pean cus­tomers buy­ing in the core B-hatch­back seg­ment.

FRESH LOOK:

“It de­liv­ers an ag­ile and con­fi­dent drive, and with thou­sands of Mi­cras now at Nis­san re­tail­ers across Europe, con­sumers can find out just what a rev­o­lu­tion this car is for them­selves.”

The Mi­cra, which is built in France as part of the Nis­sanRe­nault al­liance, is longer, wider and lower than ever be­fore. Nis­san say it is a ‘rad­i­cal pro­gres­sion’ from the model it re­places and it harks back to the first Mi­cra 34 years ago.

It has a more ‘ath­letic’ stance and the cabin is far more up­mar­ket than any Mi­cra to date. It also boasts a num­ber of Mi­cra ‘firsts’ such as In­tel­li­gent Lane In­ter­ven­tion, a safety sys­tem which smoothly cor­rects the car back on to the right path should it be re­quired.

It also has a Bose au­dio sys­tem and a wide range of per­son­al­i­sa­tion op­tions, mod­i­fy­ing the ex­te­rior and in­te­rior with pre­mium com­po­nents in a va­ri­ety of con­tem­po­rary colours.

Mi­cra is avail­able with three en­gines – a 0.9-litre 90PS three­cylin­der down­sized turbo petrol, a 1.5-litre 90PS diesel and a 1.0-litre 73PS nat­u­rally as­pi­rated petrol.

Vivid colours also il­lus­trate how Nis­san hope it will ap­peal to younger driv­ers while not alien­at­ing older driv­ers who tra­di­tion­ally love Mi­cras.

Mi­cra also has the In­tel­li­gent Around View Mon­i­tor cam­era sys­tem, as seen on the Qashqai and Juke.

The lat­est Mi­cra is ar­guably the best car in its class, both up­dat­ing the model and re­call­ing the orig­i­nal of 34 years ago.

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