Nissan Micra facelift to get a bigger 1.5 litre petrol engine in Indonesia
Nithyanandh K, As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!
The 2014 Nissan Micra a.k.a. 2014 Nissan March was unveiled at the Bangkok Motor Show late last month.
The facelifted car gets an overhauled front fascia which gives it a mature look. Along with cosmetic changes, the Nissan March, as it is called in Indonesia, will also offer more power.
Thecardriving.com reports that the facelifted hatchback will adopt a 1.5 litre petrol engine instead of the previous iteration’s 1.2 litre for the Indonesian market. The 1.5 litre motor is already being used by the Nissan Sunny and the Livina there.
The motor produces 108 bhp (the India spec 1.5 litre petrol on the Nissan Sunny develops 99 bhp), which is 29 bhp over the 1.2 litre unit. The new Nissan March is expected to go on sale in Indonesia by the third quarter of this year.
In Indonesia, the Micra will compete with frugal hatchbacks like the recently launched Toyota Etios Valco (Liva), Honda Brio and Mitsubishi Mirage. The cosmetic changes clubbed with the bang under the bonnet can heighten its appeal. The increase in displacement is not an option for India as it would render the Micra very expensive.
When the facelift enters India, we expect it to continue using the 79 bhp 1.2 litre petrol engine along with the 1.5 litre K9K diesel engine.
The Nissan Micra is being exported to many markets from India, and hence the updated version should be available in India once sales kick start in Europe.