nissan micra

It looks like India will be getting something that we won’t be seeing anytime soon. Nissan is set to introduce the diesel version of its March hatchback in the country next month, and the car, known as the Micra in that market, will be equipped with the Renault-derived 1.5 litre K9K four-pot oil burner.

The Micra Diesel will join the 79bhp HR12DE 1.2 litre petrol version in the market – which started selling in July this year – beginning December 10, in two variant forms, the XV and XV Premium. The common rail direct injection eight-valve block, with 63 hp at 4,000 rpm and 160 Nm at 2,000 rpm, is mated to a five-speed manual tranny, the only gearbox available for the car in the Indian market. Numbers include a 158 kph top speed and an impressive 23.08 km per litre fuel consumption figure.

The K13 diesel will be assembled in Nissan’s factory in Oragadam, Chennai for domestic sales, though it will also be exported to South Africa next year.