Priced from $13,490, the updated Micra retains its existing starting price, while stepping into the top-spec Ti model is now $2000 more affordable.
Nissan has also streamlined the Micra range for 2015, dropping the ST-L model from the space it previously held between the entry ST and top-shelf Ti.
That change means that while the ST holds steady on price, it is now equipped as standard with cruise control, power windows, Bluetooth phone system with audio streaming and USB connectivity.
Likewise, the Ti model’s price drop is matched to new features that include touch-screen sat-nav, a reverse camera, LED rear lights and upgraded ‘premium’ cloth interior trim.
Also standard with the Ti model are 15-inch wheels, fog lights, automatic headlights and a rear spoiler.
Across the range, the revised Micra picks up a new softly hooked headlight design, along with Nissan’s familiar chrome-finished ‘V’ grille garnish.
There’s also a resculpted bonnet design, new guards and new wheel designs.
Styling changes are rounded out with interior changes that include a revised centre control section, new instrumentation and new seat trim.
The Micra’s mechanical package remains unchanged for the new model year, with power provided again by a 56kW/100Nm 1.2 litre three-cylinder petrol engine.
Nissan’s tiny hatch had previously been available with a 75kW/136Nm four-cylinder unit in ST-L and Ti models, but that option was dropped early in 2013 when production shifted to India.
Buyers looking for a manual option are now limited to the entry ST, offered with a five-speed manual, while the Ti is again limited to a four-speed auto.
Note: overseas model shown. Australian photos still to come.
PRICING (Nissan's estimated drive-away pricing in brackets)
- Micra ST 5spd manual - $13,490 ($15,735)
- Micra ST 4spd automatic - $15,290 ($17,593)
- Micra Ti 4spd automatic - $16,990 ($19,344)
Note: Nissan bases its drive-away estimates on Victorian data. Speak with your local dealer for a drive-away price specific to your region.
TMR will drive the revised Micra later this month.
Year-to-date sales data shows the Micra on 243 sales, compared to 461 for the same period in 2014.
The Mitsubishi Mirage remains segment leader with 919 sales year-to-date, although that too is well behind the 2933 sales it had achieved by the same point last year.
Fiat’s ageing 500 continues its reborn run as a segment hero - thanks to a huge pricing shakeup that kicked off in 2013 - with 740 sales year-to-date.
The new model is scheduled to be built in France, although Nissan has not confirmed if Australian models will also be sourced from that plant.
The recent Sway concept is believed to be our first look at the styling cues of the next-generation Micra.