An automotive portal has posted pictures of what seems to be the Nissan Micra Active with a diesel engine. The car has been spied testing for the first time and should have been seen near to its manufacturing facility.
The names Micra and Micra Active do have a story behind them. When the Nissan Micra was initially launched in 2010, in India, it failed to set the cash registers ringing. The B-segment cars like the Honda Brio, Ford Figo, etc. were ruling the roost then. Two years later, in 2013, the company, with the intention of making a dent in this segment launched a facelifted version of the Micra. It was loaded with extra features, and more bling in the form of chrome. The facelifted Micra was then to be known as the Nissan Micra , while the ongoing model was renamed as the Nissan Micra Active, minus the frills.
Both the Nissan Micra and the Micra Active continue to be sold simultaneously. The Micra Active comes in four variants namely XL, XE, XV and XV S. The base variant (XE) starts at Rs 3.50 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) and goes up to Rs 4.89 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
Previously during the launch of the facelifted Micra Active, the CEO for Nissan India, KenichiroYomura had made a mention that they would be working on a diesel version and with this spied vehicle it seems they have made good on their promise.
Now, the Micra Active diesel gets the “Pure Drive DCi” badge on the boot lid. Powering it will be a 1.5-litre K9K engine that produces 64bhp. The site claims that an ‘XV’ variant was trailing the XL variant mule caught on camera.
We expect that the Nissan Micra Active diesel will probably be Rs one lakh more expensive than the petrol version. Will it be seen at the Nissan pavilion at the Auto Expo is still not certain. Probably it could be their surprise element for the show.
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