With these bases covered, Nissan is now looking at building the brand further by introducing a sporty Nismo (the company’s in-house motorsport and performance division) version of the hatchback. Revealed internationally soon after the standard car’s facelift, the Nismo Micra (or March, as it’s called in Japan) gets sporty interior and exterior styling upgrades, including bumpers, skirts and wheels, lined with Nismo’s trademark red accents. The international version also gets a different exhaust, stiffer suspension and bigger brakes, but for India these could be left out to save on costs. What is a closer possibility, however, is that it will use the international model’s 114bhp, 16kgm, 1.5-litre petrol engine.
The Micra Nismo has not been green-lighted for India by Nissan’s global HQ, but Nissan India is working hard to make it happen. This move, if Nissan goes through with it, will be similar to what Toyota has done with the Etios TRD hatchback, and if it does go on sale, expect the car to cost in the region of Rs. 8-9 lakh.