What is it?
Not often does a car maker give the lowliest model in a line-up its own international launch, but such an honour was recently bestowed on the Nissan Micra.
The engine in question is a new 70bhp 1.0-litre petrol. It joins the existing 0.9-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines, both touting 89bhp, but bucks the trend of an entire industry and forgoes turbocharging in order to cut costs.
It is an important development for the Micra. With the supermini segment so fiercely competitive, every penny counts. By opting for the naturally aspirated engine instead of its turbocharged petrol sibling, you’ll save just under a thousand pounds – a decent portion of the overall price at this level.
Offering a cheaper engine also addresses a fundamental problem Nissan has had with the Micra; until now, the range was undercut by both the Ford Fiesta and – our class leader – Seat Ibiza. Starting at just £11,995, this new model now undercuts those rivals in their most anaemic forms and it’s also the cheapest car to insure in its class, claims Nissan.