Nissan’s best-selling vehicle in Japan, the Note, has just received an overhaul, and the carmaker has just revealed the all-new model via an online launch. Let’s not beat around the bush and go straight to taking a closer look.
The significant changes you’ll see first are the exterior design tweaks. The Note sports Nissan’s signature V-motion grille that’s now wider and deeper, and with less chrome. New aggressive-looking swept-back headlamps flank this grille, while below it is a sleek new bumper that now houses the foglamps. The air intakes, meanwhile, have been given a subtler yet sharper look.
The unit pictured above wears a snazzy two-tone finish with a black-on-blue colorway—Nissan says there are 13 body color variations available. The vehicle also sits on 16-inch aluminum wheels that can be in two designs, both of which are “reminiscent of a sword blade.” For the most part, however, the car’s overall shape has been retained.
Inside, the Note gets a blacked-out cabin with a mix of hard plastic and soft-touch materials. There are ‘Zero Gravity’ seats with large armrests, and a center console that has supposedly been positioned to enable easier access to the electronic shift lever. It’s not the most premium cabin in its segment, but it promises a high level of comfort.
There’s also some handy tech here, as the Note gets large digital gauges on top of other niceties such as wireless charging, a large infotainment screen, and Nissan’s ProPilot and safety features.
Now, the real highlight is the engine. The third-generation Note comes exclusively with Nissan’s new e-Power hybrid system, similar to the one the new Kicks debuted with earlier this year.
The latest Note’s powertrain is built with a new inverter that’s smaller and lighter, and the gasoline engine in the setup is supposedly more efficient as well. No official numbers have been given, but we’re expecting that total system output won’t be far off from (if not the same as) the 127hp and 260Nm that the Kicks e-Power produces.
Three variants are available in Japan, and prices range from ¥2,029,500 to ¥2,186,000 (about P936,000 to P1,000,000).
What do you think of it? Do you like the changes Nissan has made with the all-new Note? You can check out more photos below.