Nissan Micra diesel bookings open, priced at Rs. 6.45 lakh to Rs. 6.9 lakh

Nissan Micra Diesel pre-booking starts today. According to a dealer in Chennai, the Micra diesel will be available in two variants XV and XV Premium.

Update Dec 10, 2010: The Nissan Micra diesel has been launched. It’s priced at Rs. 5.58 lakhs for the XV and Rs. 6.04 lakhs for the XV Premium. Read the launch report.

The on-road prices (Chennai) are Rs.6.45 lakh for the XV variant and Rs.6.90 lakh for the XV Premium. The main difference between the two variants is that XV Premium comes with a start-stop button and alloy wheels.

According to sources, the company will launch the Micra Diesel car in a couple of days. Micra Diesel is powered by the tried and tested 1.5 litre dCi engine that also powers the Mahindra Renault Logan. Nissan claims a mileage of 23 kmpl.

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Nissan Micra diesel technical specifications

Displacement :  1461 cc
Power :  65 hp at 4000 rpm
Torque :  160 Nm at 2000 rpm
Top speed :  155 kmph
Acceleration :  15.9 seconds (0-100 kmph)
Transmission :  Manual, 5 speed

Micra Diesel vs. the competition

Model Power Torque Top Speed Acceleration(0-100 kmph) Price Range
Nissan Micra Diesel 1.5 DCi 65 hp at 4000 rpm 160 Nm at 2000 rpm 155 kmph 15.9 seconds Rs.6.45 – Rs.6.90 lakhs (on-road Chennai)
Maruti Swift Diesel1.3 DDiS 75 hp at 4000 rpm 190 Nm at 2000 rpm 167 kmph 13.9 seconds Rs.4.99 – Rs. 5.36 lakh (ex-showroom)
Hyundai i20 1.4 CRDi 88.7 hp at 4000 rpm 219 Nm at 1750- 2750 rpm 163 kmph 13 seconds Rs.5.75 – Rs. 7.86 lakh (ex-showroom)

Nissan launched the Micra petrol in July 2010 with prices starting from Rs. 3.98 (base variant, ex-showroom, Delhi) and is selling around 1,000 cars a month in the domestic market. But the company is ramping up production of Micras for the export market. Related: Nissan Micra road test

Nissan exported 3,866 Micra cars from its Oragadam factory near Chennai last month. Nissan’s target is to export 1.1 lakh units in the financial year 2011 to over 100 countries in Europe, Middle East and Africa. In order to achieve this target, Nissan has to export roughly 7,500 cars per month. Besides, the company has to meet the demands of the domestic market and deliver cars in time.

Nissan is mulling an automatic variant of the successful Micra hatchback and this could follow the launch of the Micra diesel. If Nissan keeps prices of the diesel Micra competitive, it has got a clear winner in hands owing to the fact that diesel cars in India have gained tremendous popularity in the recent times, due to their fuel efficiency. New age diesel Nissan is mulling an automatic variant of the successful Micra hatchback and this could follow the launch of the Micra diesel. If Nissan keeps prices of the diesel Micra competitive, it has got a clear winner in hands owing to the fact that diesel cars in India have gained tremendous popularity in the recent times, due to their fuel efficiency. New age diesel technology and lower diesel prices in India have ensured sales often are higher than their petrol counterparts, even though the initial cost of a diesel car is higher.