The Nissan Micra has been given a comprehensive makeover, with a new look front and rear and a new interior, boasting new technology, new trim and new finishing touches.

The most substantial changes are to the exterior, with a new grille that features the now familiar circular badge fixed within a chrome V-shaped motif.

The bonnet, front wings, headlights and bumper are also new, and models with front fog lights have been given a new shape and chrome surround.

At the back, a new bumper design and LED tail lights complete the look.

There’s also a new 15-inch alloy wheel design, plus a 16-inch machine-finished wheel.  Two new colours – Pacific Blue pearl metallic and Platinum Sage metallic – join the existing eight colours in the shade chart.

Inside, the instrument cluster graphics have been redesigned for greater clarity, and there’s a revised centre console with restyled air vents and a gloss black finish.  There’s a new texture to the door armrests as well as new seat fabrics.

There are three models in the new Micra line-up.  Standard equipment on the entry-level Visia includes remote central locking, front power windows, electric power steering, 14-inch wheels, Radio & CD player with Aux & USB.

The mid-range Acenta adds chrome accents, body colour door mirrors and handles, 15-inch wheels, roof spoiler, automatic climate control, front fog lamps, driver’s armrest, leather covered steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity plus automatic control for both headlamps and wipers.

Top Tekna versions add automatic air conditioning, Nissan Connect, rear parking sensors, Parking Slot Measurement, 16-inch alloy wheels, suede-like seat fabric, automatic folding door mirrors and Intelligent Key with engine start button.

A panoramic glass roof is available as on option on Tekna grade. 

The latest Nissan Connect navigation system, which features a larger 5.8-inch screen, also now incorporates an eco-routing feature which calculates routes likely to use the least fuel.  The system also features Google Send-To-Car technology, which allows drivers to plan their journey on a PC or tablet at home and send the instructions to the car prior to the journey.  The system now also includes a motorway ‘exit view’ complete with lane guidance to help when leaving motorways and the system also displays prevailing speed limits with a driver-set speed warning.

Parking Slot Measurement, standard on the top Tekna model, measures parking spaces as the vehicle passes by and advises whether it is suitable.  It can even be adjusted to suit the driver’s skill level – amateur, normal or expert.

The new Nissan Micra goes on sale in the UK in September 2013.