High five as Nissan launches new models

Nissan has launched five new models on the Irish market that the carmaker claims will strike a chord with consumers.

First up is the nippy new Micra DIG-S which builds on the existing Micra model that recently celebrated a landmark 30th year in the Irish marketplace. As the name suggests, the Micra comes fitted with a direct injection petrol supercharged 1.2L engine, which Nissan says delivers sparkling performance, frugal economy and exceptionally low emissions.

The Micra DIG-S boasts an extensive specification list for its class, including air-conditioning, intelligent key for keyless entry, start button, heated door mirrors and cruise control with speed limit control. Special design features include a panoramic glass roof, chrome interior door handles, grey 15” alloy wheels, fog lamps, and a roof spoiler.

In addition, the Micra DIG-S reduces emissions from 115g/km to 99g/km, making it one of the most environmentally friendly cars in its class, while power increases to 98PS, up from 80PS - priced at €15,095.

Next up is the Nissan Juke N-Tec which offers the latest Nissan Connect navigation system, which, with a 5.8" touch-screen display, incorporates advanced features, including up-to-date weather forecasts and flight information.

Other additional features have been added, such as a motorway ‘exit view' complete with lane guidance to help when leaving highways. The system also displays existing speed limits, and has an over-speed warning that provides visual and audible alerts when the car hits a certain speed above the limit, with the over-speed threshold being set by the driver.

Other standard equipment includes a reversing camera with colour display, front fog lights, leather trimmed steering wheel and gear lever knob, automatic climate control and audio with Bluetooth compatibility, and USB port. Juke N-Tec comes in three different engines 1.5 litre diesel, 1.6 litre petro,l and 1.6 litter DIG-T engine at the top of the range. Prices start from €21,495.

Nissan has also upgraded the Qashqai range. The Qashqai SV has been upgraded to the Qashqai SV+, which now boasts 18” alloys and silver roof rails as standard. Prices start from €25,245 - €800 less than the SV model it replaces.

At the top end of the Qashqai range is the new Qashqai 360 with an around view monitor - an advanced camera system that gives the driver a 360° bird's eye view of the parking area. Using four separate wide angle cameras located at the front, rear and in the side mirrors, the integrated 5.8" Connect touch-screen monitor displays an image of the vehicle from above. This helps the driver visually confirm the position of the vehicle in relation to the lines around the parking space, making parallel parking or parking in tight spaces less of a burden.

The Qashqai 360 is also equipped with a panoramic glass roof, piano black roof rails, and privacy glass. Prices start from just €26,745.

Last, but not least, is the ground breaking Juke Nismo, which is described by Nissan as the ultimate expression of the its brand 'Innovation that Excites'. Under the Nismo performance brand, Nissan will launch a range of new sports models, and the Juke is first to get such treatment. As a result, it benefits from motorsport engineering honed on the track and comes with a 1.6 DIG-T engine developing 200PS.

The Juke Nismo is available in manual 2wd and all-mode 4X4i CVT. The manual 2wd can reach a top speed of 215 km/h, while going from a standing start to 100km/h in 7.8 seconds. The all-mode 4X4i tops out at 200km/h, while going from zero to 100km/h in 8.2 seconds.

Nissan says the Juke Nismo delivers high performance without high fuel consumption owing to the advanced technology of its 1.6 DIG-T engine, which delivers 200PS in both front and four wheel drive. Pricing for the 2wd is quoted at €29,675, with €33,375 for the all-mode 4x4i.


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