Nissan has dropped the 1.5-litre engine from its, replacing it with the smaller three cylinder engine across the range. At the same time, it is switching production of the car from Indonesia to India where it is presumably cheaper to build.
The punchline is that prices remain the same, but Nissan argues the Micra is a better deal because is it better equipped. The ST is priced from $12,990, ST-L from $14,990 and Ti from $16,990. An auto adds $2000 to the price.
The 1.2-litre three cylinder engine previously powered only the entry level ST. The three pot produces 56kW of power and 100Nm of torque, compared with the outgoing 1.5's 75kW/136Nm. But buyers can take comfort in the fact that getting more for their money.
The ST now gets head-lamp levellers and auto-off functions, along with new seats and rear arm rests. The mid-price Micra ST-L now gets 15 inch alloys, fog lights, rear spoiler, passenger seat bag holder and driver armrest.
The top of the range Ti sees the addition of a rear spoiler not much of a trade? "The Nissan Micra is one of the most affordable cars on the Australian market and were pleased to offer an even more appealing proposition to customers," Nissan Australia boss William F Peffer Jr.