2013 Nissan Micra Facelift Test Drive Review

Nissan has launched the basic (XE) entry level trim of the diesel powered Micra, which was facelifted recently. The XE trim retails at Rs. 5,57,390/- (ex-showroom, Delhi). This addition of the XE trim sums up to a total of 12 variants for the Micra including the petrol variants. The introduction of the lowest variant for the Micra diesel comes just a day after the launch of Hyundai Grand i10, which is priced at Rs. 5.24 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the basic Era diesel variant. The Micra even after getting a significant facelift couldn’t find many buyers and now the competition is getting stiffer, hence the move.

Nissan hasn’t released the XE trim for the petrol powered Micra. Until now, the XL trim was the basic trim of the Nissan Micra diesel, which costs Rs. 5,99,900/- (ex-showroom, Delhi). There is a significant price difference of around Rs. 40,000/- between the XE and XL. The Micra XE comes with bare basic features. The highlights of the basic trim includes chrome plated radiator grille, tilt steering, drive computer, driver airbag, immobilizer, follow me headlamps, dual horn, etc.

Reminding you about the tech specs of the Nissan Micra, it is powered by 1.5-litre diesel and 1.2-litre petrol engine options. The 4-cylinder, 1.5-litre diesel engine produces 64 BHP of power with 160 Nm of torque, mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The 3-cylinder 1.3-litre petrol engine produces 75 BHP of power with 104 Nm of torque, mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Nissan claims a fuel consumption of 23 km/l for the diesel version and 18 km/l for the petrol version.