2013 Nissan Micra : First Drive
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It’s been a while since Nissan made its foray into the Indian market with the Micra and the hatchback has been up for a makeover for a while now. While the car itself was pretty potent, there were some issues that Nissan really needed to sort out with it – first and foremost of which was its somewhat feminine face. Interiors don’t seem to have been the Japanese manufacturers strong point in India either and while the Micra brought with it lots of gadgets and gizmos that had never before been seen in this segment here, the sea of grey on the dash didn’t really make the Micra a happy place to spend your commute in. Well, the Micra has now been refreshed for 2013 and it more than takes care of those issues that plagued the sales for the Micra all these years, and in fact Nissan has gone a step further too.
The car you see in these pictures is the new face of the Nissan Micra – it’s bolder, more aggressive and yet a whole lot more attractive than it ever was. Gone are the oval headlamps and the soft baby look of the front grille and the air dam. Instead, the new Micra sports a headlamp design more in tune with the Nissan family’s current design theme – a nice set of rakish lamps that make the car look angrier than before. The new front grille is taller and gets broken up by a v-shaped slat in chrome and the air dam is all new as well flanked by triangular recesses for the fog lamps that are available with the top-of-the-line XV Premium variant.
While the front end gets that heavy do-over and still manages to gel well with the rest of the curvy car, the changes at the rear are much less subtle. The taillamps retain their existing design but are now lined up with LEDs – another class-first from Nissan. The boot lid also gets a lip that helps it gradually flow into the rear bumper instead of looking like it was cut out from there as on the earlier car. On the outside the only other major change is the new set of very swanky alloy wheels that buyers of the XV and above variants will get as standard equipment.
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