Micro Changes in Tinytown: 2021 Nissan Micra Loses Diesel, Gains Trims
The Nissan Micra is a tiny, interesting thing that, in an alternate universe (maybe a late 2010s gas crisis?), Could have made it to American shores as a subcompact commuter car. fuel-saving. After all, it has more character than a Versa, and our close Canadian neighbors had been able to buy Micras from their launch in the early 1980s until this year, when they were finally discontinued. And in Mexico, the previous generation Micra is still available as the Nissan March. But in Europe, the Micra still performs well and has been updated for the 2021 model year.
The biggest news for the refreshed model – it was brand new in 2017, looking a bit like a smaller Nissan Leaf – is a change in powertrains. A new 1.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine is now the only option. It replaces two older engine options, one gasoline and one diesel. Nissan’s mom on the production numbers right now, although for a car like this they are surely less important than the fuel consumption numbers. Transmission options are not yet known, but previously the Micra used a five-speed manual or optional CVT, and those are likely to continue.
There are also two new trim levels. The N-Sport was originally a special version, but now it’s a standard trim level. It gets glossy black exterior accents and 17-inch alloy wheels, also finished in glossy black. The front lamps are entirely LED. The Alcantara on the dashboard and used in the seat inserts give an impression of sportiness, but there is no improvement in performance or handling.
The Tekna finish is essentially a tech package, including smart cameras for sight surveillance around, blind spot warning and sophisticated Bose speakers, including some built into the driver’s headrest. Integrated navigation is also standard.
Considering Nissan’s alliance with Renault, you might be surprised to find out that this is the first Nissan model to be built in a Renault factory. Many Nissans and Renaults share powertrains and / or rigs, and have been doing so for quite some time now, so the surprising part is that it took so long for that to be the case.
The 2021 Micra will hit UK dealerships this month and start at £ 13,995 (around $ 18,600 at current exchange rates).
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