The facelifted Nissan Micra hatchback has been spotted at Thailand. The mid career facelift does show a few changes to the exterior looks of the car. The car gets a revamped front end, one that makes the Micra look more aggressive than before. Gone are the cutesy looks of the car from front. What you now get is an angrier looking model with a new air dam, a new grille and a new front bumper. The headlamps also see a refresh. The profile of the 2013 Micra facelift though remains untouched. The other changes on the facelifted Micra include the refreshed tail lamps and the new rear bumper.
Since it has been spotted uncamouflaged in Thailand, the facelifted Nissan Micra’s launch could be just around the corner. Notably, the car in these spyshots was caught during a photo shoot at Thailand, another hint indicating that the facelifted Micra’s launch is just around the corner. In India, Nissan has been testing camouflaged versions of the Micra for a while now. So, expect the Indian Micra to also get a mid career facelift pretty soon. Also on the anvil for the Indian car market, is a cut price version of the Micra, that’ll sit lower down the price range. Also, Nissan India has plans of launching a CVT automatic gearbox equipped Micra, a car that will challenge the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Ritz Automatic and the Hyundai i20 Automatic.
The Nissan Micra facelift is expected to retain the 1.2 Liter-triple cylinder petrol engine as standard. The car is also expected to retain the 1.5 Liter K9K turbo diesel motor. In India, the Nissan Micra has been a slow seller as it is priced at a premium. The diesel variants of the car sold in India miss out on a crucial features like ABS and EBD despite commanding a higher price than comparable cars. So, Nissan India does have an opportunity to use the facelift to give the diesel powered Micra the features it has hitherto been missing. The Nissan Micra’s strengths include an easy to drive demeanour, high all round visibility for the driver and a highly responsive yet frugal turbo diesel engine. Nissan India exports the made-in-India Micra hatchback to countries across the world.
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