Besides the Resonance Concept, Nissan also brought at the 2013 NAIAS the 2014 Versa Note, a vehicle that complements the Versa family, which includes the best selling entry sedan in the United States. Starting at $13,990 (MSRP), the new Versa Note will be offered in a range of well-equipped grade levels: S, S Plus and SV, along with top-of-the-line SL Packages.
Each model will be powered by the standard 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine delivering 109 hp and 107 lb-ft of torque. The engine is bolted to a standard 5-speed manual transmission (S model only) or to a next-generation Xtronic CVT transmission. According to Nissan, the Versa Note will be capable to deliver a fuel economy of 40 mpg Highway, 31 mpg City and 35 mpg Combined for CVT-equipped models.
The design is not extraordinary, but for the amount of money that Nissan asks for the Versa Note you have everything you need, including a choice of eight exterior colors: Metallic Peacock, MorningSky Blue, Metallic Blue, Red Brick, Brilliant Silver, Magnetic Gray, Super Black and Aspen White.
Nissan also announced that the 2014 Versa Note is the first-in-segment to offer company’s advanced Around View Monitor, a system that utilizes four small superwide-angle cameras mounted on the front, side and rear of the vehicle to provide a virtual 360° view of objects around the vehicle.
This feature will be offered as part of the SL Tech Package that will also offer side view mirrors and the NissanConnect with Navigation System with NavTraffic and NavWeather (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately). The system includes a 5.8-inch color touch-screen display, Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant, Streaming Audio via Bluetooth, Pandora radio capability (iPhone only), POIs powered by Google and Google Send-to-Car.
There are a number of new technologies in the Versa Note that are not only affordable but considered surprising as well as these are the first in the class. One of these is the brand’s very own cutting-edge technology, the Around View Monitor. It is composed of four small cameras, all having super wide angles, and mounted on the front, the rear, and the sides.
With this, the driver is able to provide a 360° view of the surroundings around the vehicle. One effect is that the driver can effortlessly get to tight spots. This technology is available under the SL Tech Package. Additional features include the heated side view mirrors. Offered as well is the NissanConnect that has the Navigation System having both NavWeather and NavTraffic.
While this may need a SiriusXM subscription, this is not offered and needs to be bought separately. The navigation system has a 5.8-inch color display with touch screen capability. Additional features of the system are the Google-powered POIs, Google Send-to-Car, Streaming Audio through Bluetooth, and the Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant.
Pandora radio capability will be included but this is compatible only with the iPhone. Nissan revealed further that the Versa Note will even have the Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition, RearView Monitor, and an interface system for /iPod/USB integrated. SiriusXM Satellite Radio is offered but as mentioned, subscription is not included.
Castignetti said that regardless of how big or small their cars are, people will hate parking it. This can include a number of situations, he added, like parallel parking within a tight space or even getting in or out of a parking space that has large vehicles on both sides.
He continued that the brand made sure that both the NissanConnect and Around View Monitor are part of the Navigation System. Castignetti said further that Nissan wanted this system to be affordable since piece-of-mind and innovation should never be limited to vehicles that are priced higher.