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Nissan announces supercharged Micra

Micra DIG-S has claimed fuel economy of 68.9mpg

Nissan Micra DIG-S front three quarter static

The DIG-S in a supercharged 1.2-litre three cylinder version of the new Micra

Watch out Ferrari – Nissan has announced a supercharged version of its Micra supermini.

Dubbed the DIG-S (Direct Injection Gasoline-Supercharger), the car uses a supercharged low-friction and lightweight 1.2-litre three-cylinder unit producing a useful 105lb ft of torque (pulling power) and 97bhp – a figure Nissan is claiming to be as much as a conventional 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine.

Read our first drive report on the new Nissan Micra

Low emissions

The supercharged three-cylinder unit will give the car ‘sparkling performance, frugal economy and exceptionally low emissions’ according to Nissan, thanks to the new engines direct petrol injection.

Nissan Micra DIG-S rear three quarter static

95g/km CO2 emissions and a claimed 68.9mpg return means the Micro DIG-S is extremely green

The Micra DIG-S will deliver ultra-low CO2 emissions of only 95g/km for manual cars, rising to only 115g/km for cars equipped with the CVT (automatic) gearbox.

Read the Which? guide to greener motoring

Highly fuel-efficient

Coupled to a claimed combined cycle fuel economy of 68.9mpg, the Micra DIG-S will be the most efficient petrol-powered compact hatchback in the UK.

Thanks to the supercharger, the Japanese carmaker believes the DIG-S will give instant throttle response and added power in conjunction with its headline emissions figures, whilst claiming the Micra DIG-S will achieve diesel-beating economy, petrol power and refinement following its ethos with the award-winning Nissan Leaf.

Nissan Micra DIG-S on the road

The Nissan Micra DIG-S will be exempt from road tax and the London Cogestion Charge

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Low running costs

As a result of the DIG-S’s frugality, running costs are guaranteed to be low. The manual cars that emit less than 100g/km of CO2 attract no annual car tax and are exempt from London’s daily congestion charge.

The Micra DIG-S will see its European debut this March at the Geneva Motor Show with cars set to go on sale over the summer. As yet, no prices have been released.

Read our full guide to car running costs


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