A third engine option for the Nissan Micra

Since its launch earlier this year, the Micra has been offered with either 0.9 litre turbo-petrol or 1.5 litre turbo-diesel engines. Now there's another alternative for Nissan's all-new hatchback.

This third member of the line-up is a 1.0 litre, three-cylinder, normally-aspirated petrol unit that's mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. Power and torque figures are 70 bhp (52 kW / 71 PS) and 95 Nm (70 lb/ft) respectively.

Nissan Micra (2017) Front Side

Curiously, a stop-start system isn't fitted, which will adversely affect efficiency. Nevertheless, with 16” or 17” wheels, official combined economy is rated at 61.4 mpg (4.6 l/100km) while CO2 emissions are 103 g/km.

Don't expect spirited performance, though. Indeed, a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) acceleration time of over sixteen seconds suggests a woeful lack of pace.

Available with the Visia, Visia+ and Acenta trim grades, Nissan expects the 1.0 litre petrol engine to account for 15% of Micra sales in the UK. On-the-road prices start from £11,995.

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