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Nissan ups hatchback game with new Micra Tech

  • Snappy looks and cool communications
  • Crash avoidance systems, daytime lights
  • Plug in your mobile and, well, get mobile
SPECIAL NISSAN MICRA: Fun bits and crash-avoidance tech for younger drivers at less than R300 000. Image: Nissan SA
SPECIAL NISSAN MICRA: Fun bits and crash-avoidance tech for younger drivers at less than R300 000.  And not, as it happens, just for Cape Town… Image: Nissan SA

ROSSLYN, South Africa – Nissan SA has added a mouthful of a new, fifth-generation, model to its range – the Micra Acenta Plus Tech hatchback

The car is, Nissan SA says, ”packed to the hilt with tech features” based on Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility technology and usually reserved for its premium products but has has been released for the upper B hatchback segment.

”Flash features,” Nissan says, ”without the hefty price tag.”

FOCUS ON EVERYWHERE

Starting with four cameras to show all the car’s surroundings in one image on a large screen on the facia to help with parking – it used to be a human function called ”turning your head”.

Or the driver can focus on the rear of the car while reversing. Especially when young children and dogs are around…

The camera’s functions include watching for moving objects – think shopping trolleys and passing people.

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The watchers also monitor the two main blind-spots not, perhaps covered by the external mirrors – a vital function at 120km/h on a freeway. They also look for objects on the road, such as rocks laid out by really stupid people on main roads with crime in mind.

The car’s brakes will be applied instantly.

DRIVING ASSISTANCE DISPLAY

The Acenta Plus Tech model is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto via a cable and 19cm colour touch-screen to become a remote monitor for satnav, music, phone, Audiobooks and perhaps Spotify.

There is also a 13cm driver assistance display for more-important information.

The car has a 66kW turbo-petrol engine and brakes that adjust pressure on individual discs to control ”an optimum line through turns”. Ride Control prevents unpleasant upper-body motion over bumps.

Also standard are 17” alloy wheel rims, leather-wrapped steering wheel, an orange interior, daytime running lights, front power windows, aircon, cruise control, auto-on headlights and six crash bags.

More personalisation is possible from a catalogue.

PRICE

As with all other Nissan vehicles, the special Micra will come with a six-year or 150 000km warranty, a three-year or 90 000km (whichever arrives first) service plan and 24/7 roadside assistance.

Nissan Micra Acenta Plus Tech – R299 900.

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