Nissan equips Micra DIG-S with supercharged three-cylinder [w/video]
The Nissan Micra supermini is getting a dash of forced induction. The 1.2-liter inline three-cylinder engine is now available with a supercharger and direction injection, and it turns the Micra into the Micra DIG-S. Nissan is quick to point out that “No other petrol-powered compact hatchback can match its overall efficiency… and it is more than a match for an equivalent diesel.”
Power rises from 79 horserpower up to 97, and the engine is offered with both a five-speed manual transmission or Nissan’s CVT. Thanks to the supercharger and direct-injection working together, CO2 emissions are reduced compared to the naturally aspirated unit. Just 95 g/km for the manual and 115 g/km of CO2 with the CVT are emitted, which compares to 115 and 125 g/km for the standard 1.2-liter.
The Nissan Micra DIG-S is rated at an impressive 4.1 L/100km, which translates to just over 57 miles per gallon (U.S.). You can read more about the Micra and its new powerplant in the full press release posted after the jump, where you’ll also find a little video put together in this car’s honor.
Gallery: Nissan Micra DIG-S