Nissan Micra 2013

3 Jun, 2013 12:00pm Luke Madden

The facelifted Nissan Micra gets a more masculine look, extra tech and an improved interior

Nissan has updated the Micra with a more masculine look, new infotainment technology and an improved interior.

The changes to the front end are pretty extensive, with the Micra adopting a new grille, bonnet, wings, headlights and bumper to create a less bug-eyed look that fits in better with the rest of Nissan’s range.

Updates at the back are less pronounced, but Nissan has subtly tweaked the bumper and fitted a set of LED tail-lights. Plus, buyers can now choose the colour of the wheelcaps and door mirrors.

There’s a selection of new paint colours, too – including the Pacific Blue in our pictures – and fresh alloy wheel designs.

Inside, the centre console has been restyled and is now finished in a classy gloss black, while all models now come equipped with a 12V socket for charging electronic devices on the move.

The latest NissanConnect infotainment system is now offered, and features a screen which has increased in size from five inches to 5.8 inches. It’s got Google Send-To-Car tech fitted as well, which allows drivers to plan a route at home and send instructions to the car.

There haven’t been any changes to the engine line-up or the chassis, so it’s the same choice of a 1.2-litre petrol engine with 79bhp or a supercharged 1.2-litre engine with 97bhp. The latter claims impressively low CO2 emissions of 95g/km, with fuel economy of 68.9mpg. The standard 1.2-litre has figures of 57.0mpg and 115g/km.

The facelifted Micra goes on sale here in September, and while pricing hasn’t yet been revealed, we’ve been told to expect very little in the way of changes.

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I'm not sure about the masculine bit, but this does look better than the pre-facelift model. The interior is the biggest improvement.

Still not very good. Hopefully it will look better in reality than in pictures. Hard to think that two generations ago the Micra had a cheeky appeal. Then it all went wrong!

Hmmm..its hardly radically different as I was expecting after reading the article a fee weeks ago. It's better but still not great. Shame there's no chassis mods, needed help in that arew

It looks like a Micra that hit into a Qashqai!

A new Micra... Indian drivers everywhere are jumping for joy!

Anything is an improvement on the current model.
Even a dust cart!
They should have left it to the Sunderland boys...

The original Micra was a superstar, because it looked like a teddy-bear-cum-bubblegum-balloon, and the only feature that it had as standard was cheekiness. This facelift doesn't really make up for this generation's blandness. Nissan just need to sort themselves out for the next one.