Nissan's new five-door Micra is getting ready for an all-out battle in the light car segment. Powered by a tiny 1.4-litre engine (72kW at 5,600rpm and 137Nm of torque at 3200rpm) coupled to a standard four-speed automatic, the Micra starts at just $14,990.
However it's far from featureless, the car comes standard with air-conditioning, driver and front passenger airbags, anti-lock brakes, front active headrests, power windows, power mirrors, central locking with keyless entry, MP3 compatible single in-dash CD player and 60/40 split folding rear seat.
If that's not enough, you can opt out for the $1700 Micra City Collection option pack which includes dual front side airbags and dual curtain airbags, teamed with a MP3 compatible 6-stack CD player and 15-inch alloy wheels.
“The Nissan Micra not only stands out from the crowd but its funky looks, great driving characteristics and incredible packaging give it the edge over its nearest competitors,” Nissan’s marketing general manager, Ross Booth.
Interestingly the car is not available with a manual transmission, we'd imagine Nissan could have set the entry price at $13,990 if a manual gearbox was on offer.
The reason behind the auto-only decision is most likely due to the Micra's primary target - city dwellers. Who would want to be stuck in traffic in a manual car?
It's a little hard to depict this baby Nissan, on one hand we can say it kind of looks funky, sexy and cool, but on the other hand we can say it looks rather ridiculous and we'd never buy one.
Despite its odd looks, the features alone should guarantee the Micra a succesful return to life.