We've been covering the Nissan Micra facelift rather extensively from the beginning of this year. After seeing the refreshed Nissan Micra/March which went on sale in Thailand recently, we finally get to see how the Indian and the European version looks like.
It started with a spyshot revealing a different front fascia from what was seen in the Thai models. We were sure that Nissan was up to something, maybe India specific. But it looks like Europe and most of Nissan India's export markets are also getting this version.
Before we go any further, we'll show you our artist Shoeb's rendering of the refreshed Micra which was made way back in November of last year!
Nissan say that the improvements to the front and rear also involve a lot of sheet metal changes. The bonnet, headlights, bumpers, taillights, grill and the fog lamp enclosure are brand new. The front grill of the Micra brings 'Nissan's new corporate look'. You also get LED taillights. We've to say though, it looks a bit like the Renault Pulse from the rear.
Coming to the wheels. The Micra facelift gets new 15-inch alloy wheels while an option for machine finished 16-inch alloy wheels have also been added. The Micra on sale in India only features alloy wheels in the top-end diesel model.
Two new colors have been included - Pacific Blue and metallic Platinum Sage. The number of exterior colors now stands at 10.
The top-end model also features a panoramic glass roof.
Head to Page 2 for all the interior upgrades.
Before we start the interior section, we've to tell you that some features and design elements were export specific even on the current Micra. As a result, some of these interior bits may not be found on the refreshed Indian Micra. Indian Autos Blog should be having a complete idea of what the Indian Micra could feature by the end of this week.
The center console of the Micra is now restyled and features newly designed air vents. The entire console has been finished in a gloss black color while the gear lever has a silver accent to it for a contrasting color combination.
New door trim and seat fabrics find their way on to the updated Micra to offer a premium feel. The new audio system features a dash mounted USB and Aux-in port also.
Nissan has upgraded the Sat Nav system (NA in India) to feature a bigger 5.8-inch screen with the Nissan Connect Navigation featuring eco-routing.
A new feature called Parking Slot Measurement has also been added in the New Micra. It works in harmony with the rear parking sensors by measuring parking slots and alerts the driver if the car can fit into it or not.
Head to Page 3 for the updated engine option and the Photo Gallery
Engine and transmission
The Micra in India features a 1.2-liter 3 cylinder petrol engine producing 75bhp of power. The same engine is sold in UK producing a few more horses and emitting 115g/km of CO2. This engine option will now be available with the 5-speed manual transmission or an updated CVT automatic.
Even when it goes on sale in India, Nissan will offer the CVT transmission as an option. This is the X-Tronic CVT that is also found on the Renault Scala/Nissan Sunny.
The European Micra also gets the 1.2-liter engine with a supercharger. This has now been improved with an automatic Stop/Start system to provide a better fuel economy of 24.4km/l. However this is unlikely to be offered in India. Emissions are also lowered to an impressive 95g/km of CO2.
The 1.5-liter K9K diesel with the 5-speed manual will continue to be offered in India. The power output of the oil burner stands at 65 bhp.
2013 Nissan Micra facelift Photo Gallery
Head to Page 4 to view the official Press Release
2013 Nissan Micra official Press Release