Thursday, June 27, 2013

Nissan Micra facelift to be unveiled on July 3

Indian Motown seems to be in a "Launch Mode = Salvo" these days. The first one to hit us was the much-awaited KTM 390 Duke. On the same day, Mercedes unveiled its latest E-Class range of luxury sedans. Blue Oval garnered all the attention on the next day by unveiling the chunky Ford EcoSport.

Nissan is the next manufacturer to hop onto the Launch bandwagon. Few days back, they had set heads turning with a teaser showcasing the neatly-reworked front portion of the Nissan Micra. It's now officially confirmed that this Micra facelift will be ushered in exactly a week from now, on the 3rd of July.
Nissan to launch a facelifted MIcra on July 3rd in India

The earlier edition of the Micra was a really cute car, endorsed by an equally cute Ranbir Kapoor. To shed that teeny-weeny itsy-bitsy image, the front portion has undergone a dramatic change. The creases are more pronounced, and the headlamps have turned meaner. The fog lamps with their encompassing shrouds add a touch of class, and the front grille has been reworked too. It still manages to retain its smile, though !!
Nissan to launch a facelifted Micra on July 3rd in India
But things quite really end there, with the rear end having received a dampener of a rework. It just sports LED tail-lamps and a redesigned tail-gate. The rear bumper looks somewhat different, yet it looks similar. Not much attention paid by the tweakers to the rear part !!
Nissan to launch a facelifted Micra on July 3rd in India
Beneath that hood, things are as similar as earlier. There's the option of choosing from the 1.2L, 76hp 3-cylinder ( Petrol mill ) and the 1.5L K9K ( Diesel mill ).There's just the added choice of a CVT gearbox on the Petrol version.

Speculation is rife that Nissan might bid adieu to the base XE and the XE Plus variants, and will sell the "Micra revamped" only in the higher-notch XL, XV and XV Premium variants. It does fall into the incomplete jigsaw puzzle, as such a move will give breathing space for Nissan to position the upcoming low-cost Datsun brand of cars without risking brand cannibalization.