Nissan March, the hatchback launched in the year 1982 was manufactured by the then small Japanese automakers initially and since then has been one of the pioneers to the company's success. In some countries it is also known as Nissan Micra and this vehicle completely filled the gap left by Nissan Cherry because of its redefined exterior structure and relatively larger dimensions. Later on, with innovations and up-liftments done in its base model, in 2009, the company unveiled the drive's fourth facelift and released officially to sale in more than 160 countries including Indonesia as one of the nation. In the Indonesian market, this vehicle is available in 1.2-litre and 1.5-litre trims packed in different gear-changing boxes.
Nissan March is offered in five different trim levels provided by the company in Indonesian market offering discretion and freedom of choice to the residents to choose from engine capacity and transmission coupled. These are Nissan March 1.2-litre (MT, AT and XS AT) and Nissan March 1.5-litre (MT and AT). The variants equipped in 1.2-litre engine churn out a maximum power output measuring 76 PS at 6000 rpm along with the peak torque of 104 Nm at 4000 rpm. Other trims are powered in 1.5-litre engine giving power output of 102 PS at 6000 rpm along with the peak torque of 105 Nm at 4400 rpm (manual 5-speed transmission) and 103 Nm at 4000 rpm (4-speed automatic transmission). Selecting the variant packed with 1.2-litre engine, you will get the mileage count of 5.0 L/100km in combined driving cycle. You can breach the speed mark of 100kmph from standstill with this engine in 13.7 seconds and attain a top speed of 170 kmph.
This hatchback by Nissan available in varying trim levels is available in different proportions; Nissan March 1.2-litre has complete exterior layout made in 3780mm X 1665mm X 1525mm (L X W X H) along with the wheelbase of 2450mm. Whereas, the other trim, Nissan March 1.5-litre has proportions 3780mm x 1667mm x 1525mm (L x W x H) with the wheelbase 2435mm. It is a cute-modern-small car blessed with the exterior detailing like raised spoiler on the rear profile, protruding rear bonnet, tip chrome exhaust pipe, honey-combed central grille bifurcated in two zones through company insignia emblemed in the centre. To maintain the grip with the surface, 15-inch wheels of tire size 175/60 R15 come fitted as standard.
Nissan March, the small hatchback offers seating capacity to 5-passengers in supreme comfort with sufficient legroom and headroom in both the rows. Indoors are kept in premium piano black color with gray colored highlights on audio control mounted steering wheel, door panel, gear shift lever knob and music panel. Fun segment is loaded with 2 DIN audio system, USB port, aux-in which will keep you entertained throughout journeys. To weigh your cargo, belongings & luggage, boot space count of around 265-litres, rear cup holder, front console cup holder and utility well, front console upper glove box with lid, centre panel slot, front console glove box is provided.
Firm Braking & handling of the vehicle is all thanks to ventilated disc brakes fitted in front and rear axle fitted with drum brakes. This works in harmony with rack & pinion electric power steering, McPherson strut with coil spring front suspension and torsion beam rear suspension. This has got further support of ABS with Electronic Brake Control (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA). Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) keeps check on the steering pattern, engine speed, braking condition and gear changing so that in case of any fatality, the system can control the vehicle dynamics. Other safety aspects lauded with this car comprises of dual airbag system, parking sensors, speed sensing auto lock, keyless entry, security alarm with shock sensors and more.
This hatchback has simple, elegant exterior design profile, basic interiors that offers ample space including legroom for rear seat passengers. But ultimately, it can be said March is the jack of all trades but master of none within its segment.