The new British built Nissan Note will go on sale in the autumn of 2013 and it has been designed for UK drivers.
The Sunderland built Note is moving away from being a Honda Jazz rival and is aiming to be more of a Fiesta challenger. The new Note has the same overall footprint of its predecessor but there will be more luggage room – a sliding rear bench allows owners to alternate between maximum luggage space and maximum passenger legroom.
Technology will be at the forefront of the Nissan Note – and options will include a Blind Spot Warning system, Lane Departure Warning and an advanced Moving Object Detection system. All three systems operate using data from the rear wide view camera, which delivers a clear image no matter what the weather thanks to an in built wash and blow dry function. There will be Around View Monitor (AVM) which gives the driver a multi-camera helicopter view to aid parking.
These systems are incorporated into the new Note's enhanced Connect satellite navigation, Bluetooth and audio system. Now benefiting from a larger 5.8-inch touch-screen display, the latest system includes Google 'Send to Car' navigation software allowing routes planned at home to be transferred directly to the car. Additional connected services include Google Points of Interest (POI), nearest fuel prices, plus flight and weather information.
You can also add Blind Spot warning and Lane Departure warning which is currently unheard of in this class of car.
There will be the choice of two petrol engines and one diesel – the entry-level 1.2-litre petrol unit produces 80PS at 6,000 rpm and 110Nm at 4,000 rpm. Nissan quote a combined fuel economy of 60.1mpg, while CO2 emissions are 109g/km. There is a more powerful 1.2-litre engine which outputs 98PS at 5,600 rpm and 142Nm of torque at 4,400 rpm. CO2 emissions are quotes as 99g/km with the manual gearbox (119g/km with CVT transmission). Fuel consumption is 65.7mpg (with manual transmission) on the combined cycle.
The diesel unit is the familiar four-cylinder 1.5-litre turbo diesel that outputs 90PS with emissions of 95g/km of CO2 and offers a combined fuel economy figure of 78.5mpg.
We will have full specifications and prices nearer the launch in the autumn of 2013.Published 18 February 2013