First Drive: Nissan Micra Diesel

It's cute, it's spacious and now it's a diesel as well. Just six months into the Indian market, Nissan has gone ahead and plonked an oil burner into the Micra, but how much does it...

 

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It’s about 5 pm and I’m driving around in the new Nissan Micra diesel humming away to my favorite tunes. All was well till I hit Fergusson college road where the real commotion began. The area being primarily infested with the young college crowd immediately took to the cheeky red car’s looks. There was a bevy of heads turning while others decided to discuss the car in highly animated fashion. Now I wasn’t in any sort of a convertible sportscar or anything even remotely close to it, then why all the commotion you ask. Well that’s how different Nissan’s approach has been towards the most buzzing car segment in India.

 

 

While we had already tested the Micra in its petrol avatar, Nissan has just gone ahead and plonked an oil burner under the little car’s hood. And Nissan didn’t even have to try too hard to look for one. The Renault-Nissan alliance came to the fore and choosing the tried and tested diesel mill from the Logan was an absolute no brainer.

 

 

Design and style

 

 

 

Spotted next to the numerous Swifts the little Micra comes across as quote a revelation. The dinky proportions make it even more adorable. While it may not be in the same league of the legendary Beetle or the more recent Fiat 500, it pretty much makes its mark in the cute car club. There is not much to differentiate between its petrol sibling apart from the 15 inch alloy wheels which is shockingly not available in the petrol version.

 

 

 

 

by Abhishek Nigam Photography: Kunal Khadse Posted on 24 Feb 2011

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