Will take 1 in 5 sales.

Nissan says it has now completed the market launch of the new Micra range with the introduction of a budget 1.0-litre version – a model expected to account for 1 in 5 sales of the reborn supermini. The non-turbo 998cc three-cylinder engine puts out a mere 71-horsepower, but what it lacks in firepower it makes up for in economy: Nissan is claiming 64.2mpg and CO2 emissions of 103g/km. 

The new engine joins the 90hp 0.9-litre turbo and the 1.5-litre turbodiesel, also producing 90hp, in Nissan's new Micra range. And although Nissan says the launch range is now complete, it isn't ruling out hotter versions for the future. We may yet get a Nissan Micra Nismo...

It will sell greater numbers of 1.0-litre Micras, though. Prices start from £14,145 for a 1.0 71 Acenta, which is around £1000 below the comparable 0.9 Acenta. Nissan does offer a lower-spec Visia+ 0.9, which sneaks in under the £14k mark: a later Micra 1.0 Visia may be launched, potentially with a list price of under £13,000.

Although the new 1.0-litre Micra will take 20 percent of sales, expect the majority of other models to be 0.9-litre petrol versions – diesel is simply too expensive for most supermini buyers these days, given the minimal fuel economy gains. Illustrating this is the fact a 1.5 dCi Micra Acenta costs an eye-watering £16,445, fully £2,300 more than the 1.0 Micra Acenta...

Source: Nissan