What to expect from the Nissan Note?
May 30, 2013

The new Note from Nissan is going on sale in October this year. So here is everything you need to know about the model. Going on sale later on this year, this model is unlike the current one, a supermini MPV which rivals cars such as the Honda Jazz, the new 2013 Nissan Note will be going instead for the likes of the regular superminis like the Hyundai i20 and the Ford Fiesta. 

Styling of the new Nissan Note?

The new styling of the vehicle was previewed by the invitation concept at the Geneva Motor Show in 2012, the production vehicle was unveiled at this years Geneva Motor Show. The new car is given a bold new look by it's scalloped flanks and sculpted headlights. The headlights interlock with the grille now and there is also a U shape crease in the doors of the car. This is called the squash line, as it has been inspired by a squash ball that is travelling around a court. 

The interior of the vehicle has information that displays on the dashboard to encourage greener driving, whilst the sliding bench seat in the rear has been carried over from the previous car, this allows owners to be able to alter the amount of leg or boot space easily. 

The new note model is the same length and width as the current car and has an identical wheelbase, though it is a little lower and the boot space is up from 280 litres, to 300. 

Specification on the new Nissan Note?

There will be three trims available with the new Note model, the Tekna, the Acenta and the Visia, all of the cars get stop start systems, cruise control and six airbags. The top of the range Tekna also features the new Safety Shield from Nissan. 

The Around view monitor uses four cameras on the vehicle, one in each door mirror, one on the front grille and one in the rear windscreen, this gives drivers a full 360 degree view of the car. This is then displayed on the 5.8 inch screen. The rear convex lens camera also provides the car with moving object detection, blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning, All three of these are combined as Nissan's Safety Shield. Despite being mounted at the rear windscreen, it gives 180 degrees of visibility. This means that if a vehicle has been detected in the car's blind sport then the driver will be alerted with a light in the wing mirror of the vehicle. 

This also works in a similar way for the lane departure warning, this will detect if the car is veering out of a lane without the signalling of the driver and will alert them to correct the position of their driving. This also adapts it's sensitivity on rural roads to allow for the change in driving style. 

The moving object detection works in a similar way to a regular parking sensor, though an audible and visible alert will warn the driver if a moving object, such as a pedestrian walkiung behind the car. The systems use a wide view camera to the rear, rather than radar. To ensure that they work in bad weather, the camera is self cleaning and also incorporates a water jet and blow dryer. 

Engines for the Nissan Note?

There is a 79 brake horsepower 1.2 litre petrol engine that promises 60.1 miles per gallon fuel economy and 109g of emissions, there is also a supercharged version of this engine, with 97 brake horsepower, 65.7 miles per gallon and emits 99g. The only diesel option is a 1.5 litre engine that emits 95g of Co2 and returns 78.5 miles per gallon. 

Price and release date for the Nissan Note?

Prices have not been revealed as of yet for the Note but the model goes on sale in October this year.


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