According to the press release â€œThe emergence of the pert, pretty face of the new Nissan Micra will have nondescript look-alike rivals across Australia scurrying to the beautician for a makeoverâ€. Hows that for spin! Thatâ€™s like suggesting we should all get our teeth done so that we could be as handsome as Steve Buscemi.
The Micra's look is certainly unmistakable in a cutesy way and its high-rise roofline, short front and rear overhangs, elevated driving position and those high-mounted circular headlights set it apart from many hatches.
The Micra features Nissan's latest generation four-cylinder aluminium 1.4-litre engine. Producing 72kW at 5,600rpm and 137Nm at 3,200rpm, Nissan say that the result is a welcome combination of punchy performance and remarkable economy from the 965 kg lightweight.
The all-aluminium, 16-valve twin cam engine features Nissan's Variable Valve Timing control system, and 'Drive-by-Wire' electronic throttle. Extensive use of low friction moving parts and lightweight pistons improve both noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels but also fuel consumption. An electronically controlled four-speed automatic with extended slip lock-up control offers smoothness, economy and is standard equipment on the Micra.
The Micra is available in a fashionable array of paint colours, with what Nissan refer to as an â€œurbane city-themed palletâ€, including colours like Roma Red, Tokyo Silver and London Rose.
Standard kit includes air-conditioning, keyless entry and central locking, power adjustable mirrors and an MP3 compatible single slot in-dash CD player with an auxiliary MP3 input jack.
Safety features include anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist, active front headrests and dual airbags.
There is a $1,700 Micra City Collection option package which adds dual side airbags and curtain airbags as well as 15-inch alloy wheels and an MP3 compatible 6-stacker CD sound system.
Pricing for the 2008 Micra start at $14,990.