The new Nissan Micra has been updated with fresh styling, new technology and a significantly revised interior.
Both the front and rear looks have changed, including not just headlights but the surrounding panels as well. The design now more closely echoes that of the big-selling Juke.
Mid-range Micras ride on a new design of 15in alloy wheel, with the 16in upgrades on higher trim levels also a new style.
Two new colours have been added: Pacific Blue, which according to Nissan is a shade of turquoise, and Platinum Sage, which sounds like a green-tinted silver.
On the inside, the instrument cluster has been changed to give greater legibility and clarity at a glance. It’s just one of many improvements that take in an all-new centre console with new air vents and a gloss black finish.
On the dashboard, drivers will now find USB and 3.5mm auxiliary sockets for portable electronics. There is also a 12-volt socket for recharging other devices.
Visia is still the entry-level grade, with remote central locking, electric front windows, power steering, 14in wheels, a radio and CD player and a full complement of safety equipment including dual front, side and curtain bags, ABS and ESP.
Mid-range Acenta trim adds chrome accents, body colour door mirrors and handles, 15in wheels, a roof spoiler, air conditioning, front fog lights, a driver’s armrest, a leather-covered steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity and automatic control for the headlights and wipers.
Tekna versions add climate control, the new NissanConnect satnav, rear parking sensors, a clever Parking Slot Measurement system to guide the car into tight spaces, 16in alloy wheels, suede-like seat fabric, automatic folding door mirrors and Intelligent Key for keyless entry and engine start.
Nissan has also added more personalisation options to Acenta and Tekna models, so owners can now specify their preferred colour of wheel centre caps and door mirrors on the outside, while inside they can personalise their gear knob, air vents, gear stick surround and velour mats to make their car unique.