Nissan has applied a comprehensive range of updates to the Micra
The Micra has received new front and rear end styling
The new grille resembles the one found on the Juke
The bonnet, wings, headlamps and front bumper are all new
Acenta and Tekna models get new-design alloy wheels as standard
Interior updates include upgraded materials and USB connectivity
The engine line-up remains unchanged and includes the efficient 1.2-litre DIG-S supercharged petrol
The Nissan Micra has been given a substantial interior makeover as part of a series of mid-life changes designed to shake off the supermini’s budget car tag.
Nissan describes the changes as “comprehensive”, going “deeper than a mere makeover”. As well as an overhauled interior, there are new looks for the front and rear ends and glut of new technology and entertainment options to help lift the Micra from the budget end of the supermini sector and towards the likes of Ford’s Fiesta.
Inside, there is a new centre console with a larger, 5.8-inch touchscreen that features the latest NissanConnect infotainment system, complete with Google search technology.
New trim, higher-quality fabrics and more textured plastics have been added inside the Micra to further enhance its visual appeal.
The exterior changes include a different front end, with a new grille, bonnet, bumper, headlights and foglight surrounds. At the rear, there are new LED lights, revised tailgate trim and a redesigned bumper.
Options include a panoramic glass roof, a park assist system, new alloy wheel designs and more exterior colour choices. Standard specifications of entry-level Visia, mid-range Acenta and top-spec Tekna versions have also been improved.
Entry-level Visia models get remote central locking, electric front windows, power steering, a CD player with auxiliary and USB connections, multiple airbags and ABS and ESP.
Mid-range Acenta models benefit from 15-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, Bluetooth connectivity, automatic wipers and lights and minor cosmetic upgrades.
Range-topping Tekna versions expand on the Acenta's specification with climate control, parking sensors, park assist, 16-inch alloy wheels, 'suede-like' seat fabric, folding door mirrors, keyless start and the 'NissanConnect' sat-nav and media system.
Nissan has also allowed for a modicum of personalisation, on Acenta trim models and upwards. Owners can specify the colour of the wheel centre caps and door mirrors, as well as customising the gear knob, air vents, gear-stick surround and floor mats.
The current engine line-up continues unchanged and includes the entry-level 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol and the 1.2-litre supercharged petrol DIG-S, which is capable of a claimed 68.9mpg and emissions of 95g/km of CO2. A five-speed manual gearbox is standard while a CVT transmission is optional.