The all-new Nissan Note has been unveiled before its scheduled launch next month at the Geneva Motor Show. With this model, Nissan hopes to attract sales away from the top-selling Ford Fiesta. The new second-generation Note won’t be a mini-MPV. Instead, it will be a more conventional hatchback, while having the same interior space and raised driving position.
Herve Genin, the marketing manager for the Note, is confident that the British-produced Note will be able to achieve the same level of success as that of the Qashqai and Juke by competing with the more traditional models using a very different proposal. Genin said that just like the Qashqai and Juke, the Note combines the best of both worlds. It’s highly responsive but it still stays spacious and comfortable. It also keeps its good looks inside and out.
The Note, which is produced in Sunderland, will arrive in the UK this autumn with three available engines. These include two three-cylinder petrols and a four-cylinder diesel. It will come with a five-speed manual as standard, while a CVT is optional on all engines.
The model that is equipped with a base 1.2-litre petrol unit has an output of 79bhp and 81lb ft and could return 60.1mpg while emitting just 109g/km of CO2. Furthermore, the supercharged DIG-S version of the engine delivers 97bhp and 105lb ft, as well as economy figures of 65.7mpg and 99g/km.
There’s just one diesel option: the Renault-Nissan 1.5 dCi engine that has an output of 89bhp, 162lb ft. and fuel economy rating of 78.5mpg and 95g/km of CO2. Nissan will disclose the performance figures when the launch nears.
The model’s design is directly inspired by the Invitation concept from the Geneva motor show last year. The markets in Japan and North America will be getting certain versions of the new Note but the version for Europe receives a full series of modifications.
Its exterior gets a new grille, bonnet, extra character lines and alloy wheels while the interior gets a new dashboard. The car has already been subjected to bespoke chassis tuning, a project of Nissan’s technical centre in Cranfield. To achieve a drive that’s more involving, the DIG-S will get additional chassis modifications.