The new Nissan Micra has officially launched in South Africa (check out pricing here), with all three derivatives powered by the 66 kW 0,9-litre, three-cylinder turbo-petrol borrowed from the Renault Clio. But the local arm of the Japanese automaker has already confirmed that cheaper derivatives powered by a different engine are on the cards for 2019.

Nissan SA says that the range will be expanded next year with “additional derivatives”, starting with an entry-level 1,0-litre model.

Overseas, this naturally aspirated 1,0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine makes 52 kW and 95 N.m, and is linked to a five-speed manual transmission as standard. The brand claims a combined cycle fuel economy of 4,6 litres per 100 km and corresponding CO2 emissions of 103 g/km.

Nissan SA says specifications and pricing for the new derivatives will be confirmed in 2019. No word yet on whether the 66 kW/220 N.m 1,5-litre, four-cylinder turbodiesel powerplant will make it to South Africa, although the local arm of the automaker has since told us that it will expand the range to include "new engines and more trim options" in the future.