New Micra goes on sale

The fifth generation Nissan Micra has now gone on sale in Ireland at a starting price of €16,650, writes Brian Byrne.

The car is radically different in shape and style and is designed to replace two cars in its segment, the previous Micra and the Note.

It is also aimed at a different potential buyer than the traditional Micra owner, with Nissan targeting a younger profile, partly through offering funky colours and a range of personalisation options.

The new Micra is available with three engines — a 1.0 petrol, 0.9 turbocharged petrol, both of them 3-cylinder, and a 1.5 diesel. The Irish distributor estimates that only 5pc of sales will be diesels, while the 1.0 petrol is likely to be the biggest seller.

Four grade options provide a range of specification levels, all of which include radar-actuated automatic braking, LED running lights, and air conditioning.

The new car has an extended wheelbase and is the widest in its segment. There's a 300L boot capacity.

A first drive article will follow.

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