Nissan’s new B-segment ‘Thai eco-car’ has been unveiled at the Geneva show today. Like previously revealed, it uses a new family of inline-3 engines that also surprisingly include supercharged and direct injection versions that will come later. But for now we’ll make do with the HR12, which produces 80 PS and 108Nm.
The supercharged direct injection model will come later and that one will make 98 PS and 142Nm, the equivalent of a 1.4 to 1.5 litre engine. Both engines will be mated to either a 5-speed manual or a new CVT transmission. At least that’s what the planned offering in Europe is. Nissan has been known to swap out a CVT for a regular 4-speed auto. But since the new CVT has been touted as one of the main features of this new Micra, perhaps if it ever comes to Malaysia from the Thailand plant, we might get it with the CVT.
The new Micra sits on Nissan’s new V-platform. It was designed and tested in Japan, and Nissan has planned for four different production hubs for the car around the world. Thailand will definitely be one of them, and the other three sites are expected to be India, Mexico and China. Despite being a small car, the safety options that can be equipped is extensive, including ABS, ESP, dual front airbags, curtain airbags, and side airbags. In Europe, ALL of these will be STANDARD.
Look after the jump for hi-res images and a video of the new Micra.
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