Following its international unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, Nissan Australia has today announced the impending availability of the 2011 Nissan Micra.
Officially launching next month, It will be available with a choice of two powertrains, a choice of manual or automatic transmissions and in three specification grades.
Planned as a core model for its Australian operations, the 2011 Micra is Nissan's answer to the growing 'global car' trend. Built on Nissan's new V-platform, the Australian-delivered Micra will be built in Thailand, alongside Japanese-market models.
Nissan says its V-platform has been developed to maximise the car's compatibility with the localisation requirements of different global markets. The Japanese carmaker has over 150 countries in its sights.
“We are confident the all-new Nissan Micra has what it takes to become the new light car segment leader,” Nissan Australia's Dan Thompson said.
“We see three main conquest groups for the all-new Nissan Micra: first time new car buyers who value innovation, agility and contemporary fashion trends; those who need a small and zippy second car that is inexpensive to run; and more mature buyers scaling down but unwilling to give up state-of-the-art safety and convenience features they have come to expect.”
With a slightly longer wheelbase than its predecessor, Nissan says the new Micra offers greater interior space and comfort, particularly in the rear.
The all-new Nissan Micra comes standard with Vehicle Dynamic Control, Anti-Lock Brakes with Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Brake Assist, as well as front and side and curtain airbags on all models.
In the cabin, Bluetooth connectivity and a multifunction Drive Computer are standard, along with a unique digital anniversary reminder, air conditioning, remote entry, CD player, aux MP3 audio input jack and tilt-adjust steering column.
The new Nissan Micra will be available in three trim grades, ST, ST-L and Ti, with the range-topping model getting features such as the Nissan Intelligent Key and push button engine start/stop, climate-control air-conditioning, reversing sensors, 15-inch alloy wheels and front fog lights.
For the Australian market, two engine choices will be on offer.
A naturally-aspirated 1.2 litre three-cylinder petrol engine developing 56kW and 100Nm of torque will form the entry-level engine for the Micra ST, listing fuel consumption figures of 5.9 l/100km and an emissions rating of 138g/km.
The ST-L and Ti get a 1.5 litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 75kW and 136Nm, with fuel consumption listed at 6.6 l/100km in manual form and 6.6 l/100km in automatic form.
A five-speed manual transmission is standard, with Nissan's new Continuously Variable Transmission also available.
2011 Nissan Micra Rec. Retail Prices
- ST 1.2 litre Manual: $12,990 Automatic: $14,990
- ST-L 1.5 litre Manual: $14,990 Automatic: $16,990
- Ti 1.5 litre Manual: $16,990 Automatic: $18,990