2013 Nissan Note unveiled
Wednesday 18 July 2012
• New compact hatchback coming to UK in 2013
• Technology specification unique to small car sector
• Up to 71.5mpg claimed
This is the all new Nissan Note, which has just been unveiled at its global premiere in Japan.
The above picture shows the Japanese market version. The UK model will look broadly similar, though will feature more assertive design elements, with a different grille and front bumper design expected. It is likely that it will take more design cues from the striking Nissan Invitation concept car, unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
Nissan is promising that the driving dynamics will also be specifically tailored for European tastes and our unique road conditions.
The level of technology available on the new Note is set to be high, with Nissan already announcing the addition of an Around-View-Monitor (AVM). Until now only available on premium executive cars, AVM gives a birds-eye-view of the car, using cameras hidden in the bodywork, to aid parking and manoeuvring in tight spots.
The engine line-up has yet to be confirmed, but expect the smaller petrol and diesel units from the Nissan Micra range to be carried over, including the 1.2-litre supercharged three-cylinder petrol motor, which Nissan is claiming will be capable of over 71mpg in the Note.
A fuel-efficient CVT automatic gearbox will be offered and expect to see a road-tax-free sub 100g/km CO2 model as well as a hybrid version in due course.
The new Nissan Note goes on sale in Japan this Autumn. Price and specification details of UK models are expected nearer its on sale date in early 2013.
By Daljinder Nagra