Nissan is not really having a gala of a time here in India, as yet. They are expanding both – their portfolio and service base to make them competitive in the market.
The latest buzz from the Japanese auto giant is that they are working on a cheaper variant of Micra hatch which would compete predominantly with Hyundai i10 among others. The new cheaper variant is expected to cost around Rs 50,000 less than the current base XE model which is priced at 4.21 lakh ex-showroom.
The not-so-good news is that this variant would be limited to only the petrol version and there would not be any cut-price diesel in the offering. Naturally, the bare-bone variant would come devoid of a few luxuries like driver side airbag, steering-tilt adjust, digital clock and would sport fixed-type headrests for the front seats.
Hyundai i10 is priced at Rs 3.65 lakh ex-showroom Delhi and with this variant Nissan MIcra would come precariously close to this. This is expected to boost current sagging sales of Micra which average around 1500 units per month. The internal code of the stripped down MIcra is G02A and the car is expected to hit the markets around April 2013.