The new, fifth-generation Nissan Micra is scheduled to arrive in South Africa in the middle of June 2018, but we’ve managed to unearth local pricing a little ahead of the launch.
The local Micra range – which will be positioned above a reinvigorated version of the fourth-gen hatchback, called the Micra Active – will comprise three derivatives (Visia, Acenta and Acenta Plus), starting at R233 500 and topping out at R272 400. It will compete against the likes of the Volkswagen Polo, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai i20 and Toyota Yaris, as well as the Renault Clio with which it shares its underpinnings.
All three variants will be powered by a 66 kW/140 N.m turbocharged, three-cylinder petrol engine (yes, the one used in the Clio, courtesy of the Renault-Nissan alliance), linked to a five-speed manual as standard. Nissan says this powertrain is good for a 12,1-second sprint to three figures and a combined fuel consumption of 5,1 L/100 km.
The Visia specification level includes 15-inch steel wheels, a multifunction steering wheel, a basic two-speaker audio system, black side-mirror caps, cruise control, automatic headlamps, LED daytime running lights, hill-start assist and an auto stop-start system.
Acenta adds 16-inch alloys, snazzier cloth upholstery, front foglamps, body-coloured side-mirror caps, chrome-effect exterior door handles, a seven-inch infotainment display (linked to four speakers and featuring Apple CarPlay functionality) and a five-inch colour driver display.
The flagship Acenta Plus model furthermore features 17-inch alloys, orange interior trim (pictured below, in conjunction with selected exterior paint colours) and leather trim for the steering wheel and gearshift lever. Interestingly, all three derivatives feature electric windows up front only.
The new Micra will be sold with a six-year/150 000 km warranty and a three-year/90 000 km service plan.
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