By FOCUS REPORTER
DIESEL offerings in the passenger car market are more common than ever before. Modern cars boast refined, economical and powerful diesel engines – shedding the stigma that diesels are only for trucks and other industrial vehicles.
Nissan launched their B-segment competitor, the Micra with a diesel engine in addition to the standard petrol offerings last year. We think it’s a move that made sense – Micra’s tag-line is “In sync with the city,” and what better way to save fuel while driving in the stop-start city environment, than with an economical diesel?
The Micra 1.5 dCi uses a diesel engine similar to the one you would find in the Nissan NP200 light commercial bakkie. The figures are: 47kW of power, 160Nm of torque and a claimed fuel consumption figure of 4.7l/100km.
Nissan’s Micra diesel is available in Acenta trim – this is the specification level that falls just before the top-of-the-line Tekna. The Acenta has a black B-pillar between front end rear doors, body coloured handles and mirrors and a chrome flash on the grille. All Acenta and Tekna models also feature a trip computer. Across the range, anti-lock braking system is standard.
“The new Micra has achieved what Nissan set out to thanks to the clean-sheet design and modern, intelligent engineering principles. The result is a car which is very practically with great all-round visibility, confident dynamics thanks to a low centre of gravity and overall light weight, and excellent cruising stability by pushing the wheels out to the extreme corners of the car,” said Janico Dannhauser, Nissan SA Micra Product Manager