Monday August 15th, 2011 12:49 Nissan Micra Goes Green With New DIG-S Spec

 

The Nissan Micra is about to get a little bit greener, with the Japanese manufacturer set to release the DIG-S spec of the popular model.

Fitted with a supercharged 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, the new Nissan Micra DIG-S emits an impressive 95g/km of CO2. As for fuel consumption, Nissan claims it is 68.9 miles per gallon, which compares well with other diesel-powered cars in its class.

The new Micra DIG-S has a power output of 98bhp – up 18bhp from the standard DIG Micra – and produces 142Nm of torque, enabling it to reach a maximum speed of 112mph.

These power and economy improvements have been achieved through a number of measures taken to improve the engine’s efficiency. Improved exhaust gas recirculation, specially shaped pistons, and the adoption of a higher compression ratio have all helped the DIG-S engine to reach maximum efficiency.

The car’s green credentials are boosted significantly by its stop/start function. This reduces the car’s emissions and fuel consumption by automatically turning the engine off whilst it is stationary. When drivers are ready to move off, this function restarts the car again. Helpfully, drivers are notified of the CO2 savings by a display on the car’s dashboard. Londoners should also note that because of its low emissions and fuel economy, the car is exempt from the London Congestion Charge.

Although costing £1,000 more than the Nissan Micra fitted with the standard 1.2-litre DIG engine, the new supercharged DIG-S spec may well be worth the initial extra outlay. Not only is it more environmentally friendly, but it potentially could save owners in terms of fuel costs in the long run.

The Nissan Micra DIG-S is available in the UK from September the 1st, with prices starting from £11,500.

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