New Micra Is A Touch Of Glass

15 Jun, 2005 5:20pm Sam Hardy

Now we can C it all! Auto Express published spy shots of Nissan's eagerly awaited Micra drop-top in Issue 822, but the official pictures in this week's issue reveal the C+C is a car for all seasons. And that's because of its folding glass roof - a first in the supermini sector.

It means a sky view and plenty of interior light, even in the winter. But should the sun shine, the roof will disappear under the rear deck in only 22 seconds. The Karmann-designed C-VIEW system is standard on all models.

Lower and longer than the conventional Micra by 110mm and 90mm respectively, the C+C seats four. That gives it a clear advantage over Vauxhall's Tigra, which only has room for two, but it also means a class-leading 211-litre boot with the roof down or 426 litres with it up. The Micra's cabin is retained, with different trim and white dials.

Power comes from 98bhp 1.4-litre and 110bhp 1.6 petrol engines, with an 82bhp 1.5 dCi diesel in the pipeline. The C+C will make its official public debut at September's Frankfurt Motor Show, and go on sale in November. Prices are expected to start at around £13,000.

Meanwhile, Nissan has freshened up the Micra range, too. Here next month, it has restyled bumpers and grille, with the three-door Sport getting a revamped roof spoiler. The cabin has 10 new colour combinations. Thicker front glass improves refinement on five-door cars, while a 1.2-litre unit replaces the entry-level 1.0 petrol. The sporty 110bhp 1.6 160SR sits at the top, alongside a new 1.6-litre five-door SVE. Prices start at £8,075.
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