Nissan has one of the most interesting stands at Geneva Motor Show 2013, the undeniable star is the new Nissan Note, the newest player in the B segment.
Nissan has managed to create a very pleasant atmosphere in its white decorated stand at the Geneva Motor Show. After a half a day, Nissan’s press conference gathered enough people to fill the entire space from in front of the stand. And to present its premiere, Nissan brought on stage some of the workers at its plant in Sunderland, where the new Nissan Note is assembled.
Geneva Motor Show 2013 Live: Nissan Note photo gallery
Nissan Note Live at Geneva Motor Show 2013
Nissan wanted that the new Note to leave behind its small MPV image for a more classic look. The new Nissan Note will get into direct competition with all the rivals in its class, facing well-known models, especially on the European market, such as Ford Fiesta, VW Polo. Peugeot 208, Citroen C3 or Renault Clio.
At a first glance, Nissan Note is more attractive than the previous model. Although it kept some of the MPV silhouette, Note is now a car of small class. In order to take its place, Nissan Note comes with a set of innovative features for this segment, such as Safety Shield, a full package of safety systems that includes even the Around View Monitor, that’s a specific feature for Nissan models that uses four cameras to simulate a top view of the car.
For starters, Nissan announced that the new Nissan Note will get a diesel engine and a gasoline engine, the latter coming in two versions of power. It’s about the 1.2-liter engine with three cylinders. The basic version of this engine will develop 80 hp at 6,000 rpm and 110 Nm (81.12 lb/ft) at 4,000 rpm. The second variant of the 1.2 liter engine that will be under the DIG-S badge and will be supercharged by a compressor. Thus, the power of 98 hp will be developed at 5,600 rpm and the torque of 142 Nm (104.72 lb/ft) at 4,400 rpm. The 1.2 DIG-S version of Nissan Note comes with an electronic clutch that can be disconnected at low speeds to get a better fuel efficiency. Nissan says that this engine is one of the most effective in the small class, reporting emissions of just 99 g of CO2/km with manual transmission and 119 g of CO2/km when matted to a CVT transmission. The mixed fuel efficiency will be of 4.3 litres/100 km (54.7 MPG US / 66 MPG Imp.). The engines range will be complemented by a 1.5-liter turbodiesel unit of 90 hp.
The new Nissan Note deals with a more aggressive design especially in the front part, where the new optical blocks are combined with the grille for a dynamic look. The inspiration came from the Invitation concept, presented by Nissan at the Geneva Auto Show last year. Viewed from the side, the new Note has more flowing lines, smoother than the previous. The sideline is called “Squash line” and was inspired by the flight of a squash ball on the field. Even though Nissan said that this model will be a rival to the traditional B-segment models, the new Nissan Note has kept a low van profile and its advantage will be, most likely, more space at the rear seats level.
The interior of Nissan Note seems to be of a higher quality than of the Micra model and the number of available gadgets has grown considerably. Nissan presents a model that uses the Connect infotainment system with a 5.8-inch display placed on the center console. This system provides Google connectivity and advanced navigation system.
The new Nissan Note offers a number of safety features grouped by Nissan in its “Safety Shield”. The package includes blind spot warning of side mirrors, warning for unintentionally leaving of the lane and the Around View Monitor system (AVM), which uses four cameras to simulate a top view of the car. In addition, the Moving Object Detection system uses a camera mounted on the tailgate and parking sensors to detect objects or people which may occur when the vehicle is maneuvered back. For the system to be effective also in bad weather, the tailgate room cleans itself using a water and air jet. All Note models received a Start-Stop system, six airbags and cruise-control in the standard version. There are three trim levels of Nissan Note: Accent, Visia and Teckna.
The new Nissan Note has the same length as the previous model, but the luggage space increased from 280 to 300 liters (10.5 cu/ft). The new model uses the V platform, the same as Nissan Micra, and is built at Nissan’s plant in Sunderland, UK.
Nissan Note Video – Geneva Motor Show 2013 Live
Nissan Note via Nissan stand at Geneva Motor Show 2013