Nissan South Africa has quietly added a new, tech-filled flagship derivative to its Micra range, expanding the local line-up to four variants (in addition to the single Micra Active model).

Priced at R299 900, the newcomer (called the Acenta Plus Tech) commands a R16 000 premium over the Acenta Plus variant.

That extra cash buys you a smattering of big-car features, including the Japanese firm’s “Intelligent Around View Monitor” (with moving object detection), blind-spot warning, intelligent forward emergency braking and keyless entry (with push-button start).

The range-topping model furthermore benefits from rear parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, auto-folding side-mirrors and an electro-chromatic rear-view mirror.

Other standard features shared with the Acenta Plus include 17-inch alloys, a leather steering wheel, a seven-inch infotainment screen, six airbags and the “Energy Orange” interior pack (on selected colours).

As with the three other derivatives in the local Micra range, the Acenta Plus Tech model draws its urge from a turbocharged 0,9-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, which sends 66 kW and 140 N.m to the front axle via a five-speed manual gearbox.

Expect Nissan SA to add a new engine option to the Micra line-up later in 2019.