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TMR Team | Jan, 25 2013 | 6 Comments

Nissan's tiny Micra hatch is losing its 1.5 litre petrol engine for 2013, with the six-model range now powered exclusively by the smaller 1.2 litre engine.

Available in Australia since late 2010, the current Micra range was previously available with the 56kW 1.2 engine in entry-level ST models, while the ST-L and top-shelf Ti models came with the 75kW 1.5 mill.

The change comes as local sourcing for the Micra moves from Indonesia to India and, despite the downgrade in power, pricing will remain unchanged.

Nissan says the Micra remains a strong value proposition; it gets some new tricks added to the feature list to sweeten things up.

Buyers of the $15,490 ST-L ($16,990 for automatic) will now gain features previously exclusive to the Ti, including 15-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, a driver armrest and a bag holder for the passenger seat.

Both the ST-L and the $17,490 Ti ($18,990 automatic) also pick up a rear spoiler for 2013.

Features unique to the Ti model include climate control, proximity key central locking, start button, body-coloured door handles, a chrome grille surround, and powered folding door mirrors.

Across the range, including the base ST grade, headlight levellers and auto-off are now standard, along with new seats an rear arm rests.

The Micra remains a strong-selling model in the Nissan range, with 9162 sold last year.

Competition is stiff however, with the segment-leading Toyota Yaris selling 18,808 in 2012, followed closely by the Mazda2 (17,574), the Hyundai i20 (13,339) and the Holden Barina (12,357).

 
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