The Japanese automaker- Nissan launched the Nissan Micra Active in 2010 in India. The Nissan Micra Active was one of the top-selling hatchback cars at affordable prices and with good features for a really long time. It was in the Indian market for almost a decade till its discontinuation in 2020. Nissan Micra Active will always be remembered in the history of the Indian Automobile industry.
Read on to know all about the history, prices and specifications of the Nissan Micra Active.
The Nissan Micra Active was launched in 2010 and discontinued in 2020. Though the car received upgrades in 2018 but these were not enough to keep it in the competitive Indian market. There were a number of reasons for its discontinuation. The major blow was not meeting the BS-VI standards.
Micra Active had to compete with the Hyundai Grand i10, Maruti Suzuki Swift, Maruti Suzuki Celerio X, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Maruti Suzuki Wagon R, Tata Tiago, Renault Kwid, Datsun redi-GO, Datsun GO, Hyundai Santro, Tata Tiago NRG, and the Ignis in the Indian market. But due to Nissan’s unwillingness to spend on upgrading the Micra Active engine to match the BS-VI emission norms, the production of this car was put to a halt.
Prices and Variants
Broadly, there were three variants of Nissan Micra Active- XL, XV and XV S with different price. All of these were petrol variants. The on-road price of the Micra Active ranged between Rs.3.37 Lakh – Rs. 5.99 Lakh. It was one of the best cars in this range for a really long time.
The last recorded showroom price of Nissan Micra Active, after upgrades in 2018, were:-
- XL- Rs. 4.59 Lakhs
- XV- Rs. 4.93 Lakhs
- XV S- Rs. 5.47 Lakhs
Design of Nissan Micra Active
The external design of the car gave it a sporty look. The front of Micra Active had a honeycomb front grille with a larger air dam, a lower front grille with chrome finish, a body-colored bumper, and headlamps that give a stylish look. Further, it had a decent side profile and sports tubeless radial tires. Further, the Micra Active car was available in five colors.
Also, Micra Active had a ground clearance of 154 mm, Kerb weight of 950 kg, and a decent boot space of 251 liters.
On the other hand, the rear of the car had rear wipers, LED tail lights, and a spoiler on the roof which gave the rear a sporty look as well.
The interior cabin of the hatchback car was spacious with an all-black piano finish theme and power windows in the front. The dashboard featured a piano-black central console with an audio system, USB/Aux-in/hands-free Bluetooth along with remote control, four speakers, and a roof antenna. It further had steering wheel audio with hands-free control, tilt steering, rear power window, i-key with push-button start, tachometer, drive computer front power window with driver-side auto.
Engine and performance
The engine of Nissan Micra Active was a 1.2L 1198 cc DOHC 12 valve 3-cylinder petrol engine. The maximum power of the engine was 68Ps at 5000 rpm and the maximum torque was 104 Nm at 4000 rpm. Further, it gave a mileage of 19.49 kmpl according to ARAI. Moreover, it was a five-seater with 41 liters of fuel tank capacity.
Also, the Micra Active had a 5-speed Manual transmission gearbox. Moreover, the Micra Active could accelerate to 100 kmph in around 15 seconds which was pretty good.
Further, it had ventilated disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear. Also, the handling was pretty good with McPherson Strut suspension in the front and a rear torsion beam suspension.
The standard safety features of Nissan Micra Active included a driver’s airbag. After upgrades in 2018, dual front airbags and rear parking sensors were made available across all the variants. Further, the best of the variants also had ABS with EBD, BA (brake assist), ORVM-integrated blinkers, height-adjustable driver’s seat, immobilizer, speed sensing auto door lock, and seat-belt or key warning indicator.
Moreover, the top variants of Nissan Micra Active also featured a 6.2-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with navigation and Nissan Connect.
Nissan Micra Active discontinued
In April 2020, Nissan discontinued its Micra Active. The primary reason was poor sales and high investment to comply with BS-VI emission norms. As a result, Nissan decided to cut its cars in India. Also, the Nissan Micra did not get upgrades to match BS-VI emission norms.
Moreover, its design was outdated, the power of the engine was low, and it lacked a number of features. Overall, it can be said that the modifications made in 2018 were not enough to bring this car back into competition in the Indian market.
However, this car is still in business in the used car market. Nissan may have taken this car down from its website. But it undoubtedly carries the legacy of Nissan in India.
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