The Whitby Nissan dealership, Midway Nissan, had one Micra arrive today. It was an SV with automatic and convenience package. Mine had not arrived yet, so I decided to play around with this Micra and learn more about it.
I turned the key on and grabbed a shot of the lights that light up. Starting from the top left is the oil pressure warning light; below that, a door ajar light, and below that, the light that shows the overdrive has been turned off. Above the overdrive off light is a check engine light, above that the battery light, and above that the parking brake light. To the right of the battery light is the power steering warning light, and next to that is the low traction warning light. Below the low traction warning light are the seatbelt warning light and the traction control disabled light. Below that is the temperature warning light.
Above the oil pressure warning light appears to be the high beam light. There seems to be another indicator light above that, it appears that it might be a low washer fluid warning light. Meanwhile, inside the speedometer circle are the cruise control light, and some sort of security warning light.
The digital readout is interesting; with the automatic, it shows the gear the transmission is in, as well as the fuel level. This is controlled by two buttons protruding out in the middle of the cluster; one cycles through the options, the other serves as a reset button and, I believe, doubles as the gauge cluster illumination button. Cycling through the options, we have: The odometer reading, two trip counters, estimated range available with the current amount of fuel, average fuel economy, and current fuel economy. As I suspected from the beginning, this display will not provide information in miles; it is metric only.
The ABS and air bag lights are located on the other side of the instrument cluster.
I took some time to play with the stereo and Bluetooth controls. I synced my Android phone, and the car offered a nice, easy to use voice navigation system with the microphone located in the center of the ceiling, right next to the driver’s head. Upon syncing, it wanted to sync my contacts as well. The stereo screen provided relevant information from the phone, such as signal strength. Other things like music could not be played through the Bluetooth, however.
I connected my Android phone to the USB connector in the center console, and it was attempting to communicate to the car stereo; however, I kept getting an error. It could be that this is configured for iPod or MP3 players only. Further testing will be required.
The line in worked as expected, and delivered clear, accurate sound. All related steering wheel controls worked as expected, and were very ergonomic and simple to use.
Put the transmission in reverse, and immediately the screen is filled with what is behind the car. The camera has a superb wide angle lens, leaving nothing out of the picture. You can clearly see the entire width of the bumper along the bottom of the screen, with a clear view of the horizon and above.
Just wanted to point out that the rear wiper has an intermittent setting as well as an on setting.
Looking down in the engine bay, we see that, although it appears tight, there is adequate room to make routine maintenance easy. The oil filter is located at the bottom towards the front of the engine, which should make oil changes a breeze. The alternator is also easy to access.
Looking under the car, we see the oil pan in black, as well as the transmission pan (off to the right). There is no air dam; presumably, the bumper design makes this unnecessary.
There is a sizable gap in the grille between the radiator and the edge of the grill; this is where things like the horn is located. Presumably, this might make an ideal location for a ram air intake modification, except for the fact it’s located on the opposite side of the existing air intake.
These lines moulded in the roof really give the new Micra a nice and unique profile.
Well, that’s it for now. I’ll need to make another trip to try an MP3 player and a USB stick with MP3’s on it to see if that works. Until then, let me know what you think of these options.