Now Micra Gets A New Face

22 Jun, 2005 2:45pm Marc Mustard

It's a Micra makeover for Nissan's popular supermini. Just a week after we revealed official pictures of the C+C drop-top (issue 862), the standard car has undergone a host of changes.

At the front, the mesh grille now incorporates a silver strip and integrated clear lens indicators. Sport models get an aggressive air intake at the bottom of the bumper, while Classic trim - seen in our official pictures - features a more rounded design.

There's a restyle of the rear bumper, too; apparently both have been made more robust to cope with the aggressive parking habits of French buyers! Two new colours are also available; the Cool Blue pictured here and a coffee-coloured finish called Café Latte.

Inside there are new, more supportive seats, while a revised dashboard makes the instrument panel easier to read. Thicker glass all-round and better soundproofing of the engine compartment should also ensure that refinement is boosted. Trim levels have been simplified, with E, S, SE and SVE now coming under the Classic umbrella. SX has been replaced by Sport.

In the engine bay, the basic 1.0-litre unit has been replaced by a larger 1.2-litre powerplant. Similarly, the 1.5-litre has been scrapped thanks to the introduction of a new 1.6-litre 110bhp engine. It's the unit in the flagship 160SR featured in Issue 861. Mean-while, other Nissans are also set to get the topless treatment. Roof company Karmann's production line at the firm's Sunderland factory to build the C+C is likely to be adapted. A spokesman said: "We have had a good experience with Karmann, and this has improved the chances of future collaboration."
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