New Nissan Micra

New Nissan Micra

The Nissan Micra returns sans the ‘Micra-speak’ that went with the original and refined to a new role as a city car with power coming from 1,2-litre three-cylinder engine.

The new Micra (the 4th generation) is built on the V-platform, which the company is debuting in this model. While the platform itself focuses strongly on reducing weight while increasing overall rigidity, the engine has been built to reconcile two conflicting customer desires – those of spirited dynamic performance and the most frugal economy and lowest CO2 emissions attainable in its class for 2011.

The engine features an offset counter weight on the crank pulley, which generates an oval motion in the process cancelling out vertical vibrations from the piston movement, while fewer moving parts lower internal friction and improve overall thermal efficiency.

Fitted with a manual transmission,Nissan claims 5,2 l/100 km from an engine producing 56 kW at 6 000 r/min and 104 Nm at 4 000 r/min with CO2 emissions of 124 g/km.

For the SA market, Nissan has also made a 1,5-litre petrol model of the new Micra available for those for whom 56 kW is just not sufficient, and is continuing to offer a 1.5 dCI-powered Micra as well.

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Colin Windell

Colin Windell is an apprentice retiree, petrolhead, rock music addict, lover of fine food and has been writing about cars for more than 40 years.

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