Thailand will be the first country to see the new Nissan Micra (March in Japan) when it is launched there later this month. The Thai-built version will also be shipped to other Asia-Pacific markets such as Australia where it will replace a UK-sourced model. The new Micra will also be made in India (expected to supply Europe from late this year), Mexico and China.

The car is built on Nissan’s new V-platform in Japan and will eventually be sold in 160 countries worldwide.

The new generation is slightly longer and lower on a longer wheelbase with a roomier interior.

The simple engine line-up planned for Europe is a new naturally aspirated HR12 1.2-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine spun off from the HR16 four-cylinder engine powering the Note and Qashqai with valve-timing control (VTC). Power is 59kW (80ps) and torque output is 108Nm. At only 115g/km, CO2 emissions for this version are claimed to be world-class.

Nissan will also offer a supercharged 1.2-litre direct injection version with a start-stop system fitted as standard for Europe. Stop-start reduces CO2 by 6% and outputs are 72kW (98PS) and 142Nm. Emissions will be just 95g/km.

European buyers will have the choice of five-speed manual CVT automatic transmissions.

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The new Micra will be offered with reversing sensors and a new ‘parking space measurement’ (PSM) device with three skill levels (amateur, normal and expert) to lessen the burden of parking in tight spaces – a unique feature in this segment, and likely to be a popular innovation in Europe where ‘touch parking’ is a way of life.

It also offers an intelligent key, Nissan Connect, touch-screen combined audio and satellite navigation system, glass roof, automatic wipers, speed sensitive audio volume, a push button start-stop system  and drive computer. Speed-sensitive automatic door locking will also be available.

Simon Thomas, Nissan’s European sales and marketing chief, said: “The new Micra will continue to be the benchmark city car in Europe. Its appeal will be enhanced by its unique combination of compact exterior dimensions, with roomy interior, small and efficient engines, and user-friendly technology.”