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 |  Sep 23 2010, 7:51 AM

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In addition to the five-door version of the Micra subcompact, Nissan will look to expand the reach of its new global small car with both a sedan and MPV model. Launched at the Geneva Auto Show earlier this year, the Micra was designed to be a global platform ad with a versatile architecture the two new versions of the car will help Nissan reach a wider audience.

In Europe, the Micra will have two engine options: a 1.2-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine rated at 79-hp, and a supercharged 1.2-liter direct injection engine with a start-stop system. Both engines come with the option of a five-speed manual transmission or Nissan’s CVT system.

The small four-door is believed to be created mostly for the Asian market, while the MPV is more likely for Europe.

The addition of these two new model layouts continues to raise speculation as to whether Nissan will in fact make the Micra a true global vehicle, offering it for sale in North America. While initial speculation seemed to indicate Nissan would not, with the Versa already quite large for its class there might be room below it in Nissan’s North American lineup. Adding to the rumors are recent photos of a Micra spotted testing in Canada.

[Source: AutoCar]

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