Nissan Micra Diesel Launched in India Today

The Nissan Micra diesel was launched today at Nissan’s Ichiban showroom in Mumbai. Equipped with a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder 8 valve engine from sister company Renault, the Micra manages to produce 64 hp and 160 Nm of torque.

According to the data released by Nissan’s Indian subsidiaries, the car has an average consumption of about 23 km per liter or about 4.34 liter per 100 kilometers (53  US mpg). The market in India is still growing, but demand for the small capacity diesel engines is strong.

The new Nissan Micra Diesel will only be made in and for India, with no plans existing at the moment for an expansion to other markets. According to official statements that Nissan has released during the international presentation of the Micra , the diesel version is not expected in Europe. The choice might seem strange to you and me, but Nissan says the costs necessary to align the small diesel with Euro 6 emissions standards are too high.

The Indian produced Micra will only arrive in Europe next year. A pair of brand new three-cylinder petrol engines displacing 1.2-liters will power new Micra. The entry-level version is a normally aspirated 59kW (80 hp) unit, which produces an impressively low 115 g/km of CO2. The second version is a direct injection gasoline engine with a supercharger to boost power to 72kW (100 hp). CO2 emissions, meanwhile, tumble to just 95 g/km. Such is the efficiency of these new petrol engines that new Nissan Micra will not be offered with a diesel option. The supercharged version will be introduced in Europe from spring 2011.

Most Indian customers expecting comfort from their city car are demanding the top of the range model, with almost 65 percent of bookings being this version. Currently just 21 dealerships are in place around the country, with the company planning to have around 100 by 2013.
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