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New Nissan Note revealed

Less mini-MPV, more supermini. So what about the Micra?...

Nissan has revealed the new Note ahead of the Geneva Motor Show in two weeks. This wouldn’t usually be very Note-worthy (sorry…) but Nissan has decided to change their product range around this time, positioning the Note as a traditional hatchback supermini, not the mini-MPV style of its predecessor. This does make us wonder where the Micra will now sit as that has always been the traditional supermini in the Nissan range, but Nissan does seem to be moving away from the mainstream with their range – see the Juke and Qashqai, both selling in massive numbers due to unique features and market positioning, along with very competitive finance deals.

So, back to the Note. This new model has been seen a fair bit before, having already been released in different versions in Japan and North America. The Note for Europe has got a few tweaks including a wide grille, new bonnet and more styling lines on the bodywork, along with new alloy wheel choices. Inside the Note gets a new, higher quality interior for Europe and new seats along with different trim choices.  Nissan UK has led the chassis tweaks as well, tuning the car for European roads.

The Sunderland-built Note will reach the UK in the autumn with three engines in its line-up: two three-cylinder petrols and a four-cylinder diesel. A five-speed manual is standard, with a CVT optional on all engines.

The base 1.2 litre petrol unit gets 79 bhp and 81 lb/ft and achieves 60.1 mpg and 109g/km economy. The supercharged DIG-S version of the engine gets 97 bhp and 105 lb/ft, plus economy figures of 65.7 mpg and 99 g/km.

The lone diesel engine is the latest 89 bhp, 162 lb/ft version of the familiar 1.5 dCi unit, which manages economy figures of 78.5 mpg and 95 g/km. More information on spec and pricing will be released closer to the public launch.

Images courtesy of Nissan

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more