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Dealers display new Nissan glass-top Micra

Nissan’s first UK designed, engineered and manufactured hardtop/convertible, the Micra C+C, is being given an early preview.

Deliveries don’t start until November 14 but most advanced Micra yet will be appearing at Nissan dealers as part of a national pre-launch tour, with order books open now.

Created at Nissan’s Paddington design centre, the C+C is longer (by 116mm) and lower (by 79mm) than the Micra hatchback. In fact only the front wings, bonnet and basic platform are shared between the two. The more acute angle of the windscreen hides stronger pillars for added protection in the event of a roll-over accident. It also extends much further over the cabin than in the standard hatchback.

The Karmann designed two-piece roof, called the Auto-open roof, takes 22 seconds to fold. It is operated by a centre console button that folds the roof clamshell-style into the boot area.

With the roof folded into the boot, there are 255 litres of luggage room available. When the roof is up this increases to 457 litres. The C-View roof has an integral glass panel with a retractable sunblind. The glass is thermally insulated to minimise heat build up.

The starting price for the C+C is £13,150 for the Urbis.

It’s powered by the same 1.4-litre 88PS engine found in the Micra hatch and gives acceleration to 62mph in 12.8 seconds. The Urbis will go 42.8 miles on a gallon of petrol and emits 158g/km of CO2.

Standard spec includes 15-inch alloy wheels, electric windows all round, electric/heated door mirrors, six speaker CD radio with steering wheel mounted controls, a trip computer, sports seats, front fog lights, passenger airbag, and a body-kit modelled on the new Micra 160SR, plus the C-View and Auto-open roof system. Manual air conditioning is a £500 option.

The 1.6 Sport costs £845 more. This version is powered by Nissan’s newest petrol engine, the 1.6-litre 110PS unit first seen in the Micra 160SR and due to appear soon in the Note. With this engine, the C+C accelerates to 62mph in 10.6 seconds, returns 42.2mpg on the combined cycle and emits 160g/km of CO2. Extra equipment includes 16-inch graphite coloured alloys, manual air conditioning and alloy look interior trim. For £250, the aircon can be upgraded to automatic climate control.

Topping the open top C+C range is the £14,995 Eseenza. For £1,000 more than the Sport, it adds climate control, heated leather seats with Alcantara door trim, in-dash six-CD autochanger, electronic stability programme, and Nissan’s Intelligent Key system.

  • Nissan has given the C+C its own website: www.nissan-micracc.co.uk.
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