Micra Waves In | Part Two

Nissan New Micra Interior


Micra E

The Micra E comes as a three- or five-door both powered by a 1.0-litre 65 PS unit essentially carried over from the previous Micra but uprated to give another 5 PS. Standard equipment is certainly more than you’d expect of a lead-in model:

  • Electric power steering
  • Tilt steering wheel adjust
  • Front electric windows
  • Front map reading lights
  • Friendly lighting system
  • Battery save feature
  • Remote central locking with anti-hijack feature
  • Anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • 3-point centre rear seatbelt
  • ISOFIX childseat mounting points
  • Electric rear tailgate release
  • Pollen filter
  • Single CD/radio with 4 speakers

The new Micra E is likely to be priced a little higher than the outgoing limited edition E. But the new one gains items such as anti-lock brakes, electric power steering, a passenger airbag, electric windows, 3 point centre rear seatbelt, remote central locking and a CD player – which will be worth much more than the increase in even the stingiest valuation. And that’s before you add in all the advances that come with the new Micra.

Micra S

The biggest advantage that the S brings over the E is the new 1.2-litre 80 PS engine. (There is no 1.0-litre option with the S grade.) Or buyers can go for the 1.5-litre dCi 65 PS diesel unit with common rail technology – delivery will be mid 2003. As with the E, five-doors will be an option from launch and the S is also available with four-speed automatic transmission and the petrol engine. But the S isn’t just about more engine, it also brings these items over those already fitted to the E:

  • Front seat mounted side airbags
  • Three adjustable rear head rests
  • Rear sliding seat with 60:40 split
  • Luggage area light
  • Driver’s seat height adjustment

Micra SE

The SE is where the new Micra gets really clever.

  • Intelligent Key
  • Drive computer
  • Leather bound four-spoke steering wheel with remote audio and computer controls
  • Body coloured electric door mirrors
  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic rain sensing wipers and automatic rear wiper
  • Driver’s lumbar support
  • 13 litre multi functional glove box with extra storage compartments
  • Under passenger seat, secret 10 litre storage area
  • 15" steel wheels
  • 6 speakers in lieu of 4
  • more luxurious upholstery with part leather trim

The SE is also available with the uprated 1.4-litre 88 PS engine, which is similarly offered with optional automatic transmission.

Micra SX

The SX has some subtle visual exterior and interior tweaks to give it a meaner look than the SE. It also has electronic climate control which is a rare feature in this class, let alone a standard one. There’s a choice of 1.2- or 1.4-litre petrol engines, three- or five-doors. Later there’ll also be a 82 PS dCi unit. Oh, and there’s no automatic transmission option because Nissan reckons the SX will appeal to a younger, possibly even male audience.

  • Dark tinted headlamps
  • Front fog lamps
  • Electronic climate control with ‘ivory’ controls
  • 15" alloy wheels
  • Rear roof spoiler
  • ‘Metropolis’ trim with part leather

Micra SVE

This is the poshest Micra. It’s offered for now only with the 1.4-litre engine but later also with the higher powered diesel. Over the SE, the SVE gains:

  • Electronic climate control with ‘ivory’ switchgear
  • 15" alloy wheels
  • Ultrasonic rear park sensors

So for now, top of the Micra range will be the 1.4 SVE five-door automatic. Nissan will confirm prices in November and also technical specifications. That’s not so coincidentally when the press also get to drive the car for the first time.

All versions, except those with the higher powered 82PS dCi unit, will be orderable from early November. Yes, some time before the on sale date. This is the first time in Nissan UK’s history that it has facilitated a pre-ordering process for a new model. But the company feels the Micra is so special, people are going to want to get one as close as possible to the 23 January on sale date. And they can make their first acquaintance at the British International Motor Show. Nissan is expecting quite a crowd.

Published 23 October 2002 Melanie Carter

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