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Nissan SA midwives setting up for an unexpected baby

  • Coming to time – new Nissan baby on way
  • 66kW turbo engine – and new from tyres up
  • Fifth generation of popular small car
2018 NISSAN MICRA: Surprise baby to be birthed by Nissan in June. Image: Nissan SA
2018 NISSAN MICRA: Surprise baby to be birthed by Nissan in June. Image: Nissan SA

ROSSLYN, Gauteng – Nissan SA says it plans to ”revolutionise”  the small-car market with the arrival of a surprise baby – the 66kW Nissan Micra which, its maker says, ”is new from the ground up”.

A media release released on May 10 2018 by the brand’s African operation had this to say: ”It’s a game-changer in this segment. Locals in the new-car market right now will be sorry if they become impatient and opt for something mundane before the Micra’s launched in South Africa.”

2018 NISSAN MICRA: Surprise baby to be birthed by Nissan in June. Image: Nissan SA
2018 NISSAN MICRA: Surprise baby to be birthed by Nissan in June. Image: Nissan SA

It will, Nissan adds, be the fifth generation Micra and a departure from typical hatchbacks. Nissan Africa’s marketing director Xavier Gobille told The Corner: ”Everything about the new Micra has changed except the name. We’re very excited about it.”

‘SCULPTED BODY, STRONG LINES’

Well, it’s powered by a 66kW turbocharged engine as the top model in the South African Micra range -the alternative being the Micra Active  that was launched in 2017.

The newer car is described as ”having a sculpted body with strong character lines and a cabin that puts the customer at the heart of the experience”.

Specification includes an infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, comprehensive crash-protection features in the form of six crash bags, anti-lock brakes, and electronic brake-pressure distribution.

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More details, including price, will be released closer to the June event but we can tell you it will be delivered with a three-year or 90 000km service plan, a six-year or 150 000km warranty, and roadside assistance around the clock.

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