Inspired by the Nissan Invitation concept that debuted at last year's Geneva show, the second-generation Nissan Note promises to be one of the most technologically advanced cars in its class, boasting a number of safety and convenience systems previously only seen in larger, more expensive models.
Headlining the Note’s equipment list is Nissan’s Safety Shield: a suite of technologies that includes blind spot warning, lane departure warning and moving object detection – the latter alerting the driver if it detects someone or something moving behind the vehicle while reversing.
The Note also features the Japanese manufacturer’s Around View Monitor, which uses a series of wide-angle cameras positioned around the car to display a bird’s-eye view perspective of the vehicle at low speeds to assist the driver when parking and manoeuvring in tight spaces.
The images are displayed on a 5.8-inch touchscreen, which also facilitates Google ‘Send to Car’ navigation software, Google points of interest, nearest fuel stations and prices, and flight and weather information.
The Nissan Note will be offered with three engine options in Europe: a 59kW/110Nm 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol, a 72kW/142Nm direct-injection supercharged version of the same unit, and a 66kW 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel. Nissan promises combined cycle fuel economy as sharp as 3.6 litres per 100km for diesel-powered models, and 4.3L/100km for supercharged petrol variants.
The compact Nissan Note was engineered at the Nissan Technical Centre Europe in the UK and Spain and has been tailored for the tastes of European buyers. It will be produced at Nissan Manufacturing UK in Sunderland alongside the Nissan Juke and Qashqai (Dualis) crossovers.
As a spacious city car rivalling the Honda Jazz, the Note sits above the Micra in the brand’s European showrooms, although Nissan has no plans to bring it to Australia, with the local division believing it has the segment covered by its light-sized Micra and compact Pulsar.
The Nissan Note will make its world premiere in Geneva on March 5.
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