After eight years of career, the second generation Nissan Note is retiring and giving way to a new version which will unfortunately remain reserved for the Japanese market alone.
Appeared in 2005 for the first time, the Nissan Note surfed on the city minivan segment. Seven years later, the second generation has not given up on its formula, at a time when crossover demand was starting to boil. The Juke was due to the commercial success of the city car, which however survived in Japan thanks to its e-Power technology.
The stylistic heritage of the Nissan Ariya
Nissan now joins the ranks and will not repeat its previous strategy, leaving the Honda Jazz e: HEV alone in its world. The new Nissan Note now adopts a more traditional city car silhouette. A shape that allows it to fill the void in the Japanese range, where the Nissan March (our Nissan Micra) K13 has been throne since… 2010!
4.04 meters long, it sits directly in front of the Renault Clio, Honda Jazz or Ford Fiesta. Taking up all the stylistic codes inaugurated by the Nissan Ariya, the new Note retains its very Japanese customization catalog, notably with a color chart of 13 colors, including olive green or Opera Move pink (also available in two-tone).
Full of technology on board
The evolution is just as noticeable inside with more modern forms. It is distinguished by the appearance of two large screens, one behind the steering wheel dedicated to the instrumentation and the other carrying the entire infotainment system. The latter will also offer access to Apple Car Play and Android Auto. The technology endowment incorporates the latest innovations of the brand in the field with the 360 ° camera and the ProPilot system coupled to the Navi-Link: the car is then able to decelerate in complete autonomy before a bend or a roundabout and to limit the speed according to the signs read on the road.
Very measured gains in consumption
The Nissan Note abandons its thermal mechanics in favor of the only e-Power engine. In principle, the technology does not change: only the electric motor is connected to the wheels, while the thermal block only acts as a generator. The EM57 electric motor gives way to the EM47 unit with 116 hp for 280 Nm (compared to 109 hp and 254 Nm of the old engine inherited from the first generation of Nissan Leaf).
Nissan indicates that the 1.2-liter HR12DE unit has gone from 79 hp to 82 hp, for an unchanged torque of 103 Nm. But in view of the mechanical configuration, the power is not important here. On the other hand, the power curves and the new rotation regimes should allow it to be more efficient: on the basis of JC08 homologation, the average consumption is between 2.61 l / 100 km and 2.87 l / 100 km. That is a slight gain compared to the previous value of 2.94 l / 100 km, which however gravitated around 5.0 l / 100 km during our test on its native land.
A brand new e-Power version with all-wheel drive
The city car also inaugurates the e-Power 4WD version with all-wheel drive. Launched next month, it will have a second 50 kW (67 hp) engine in the rear axle. This version will then be automatically equipped with everything necessary to face winter and snow, with heated mirrors as well as heated seats and steering wheel. And contrary to what some sites claim, the Nissan Note will not come in an all-electric version, either with two or four-wheel drive.
The new generation Nissan Note e-Power will not leave the Land of the Rising Sun, where it is offered from 2.029 million yen, or nearly 16,300 €. However, its technology could cross borders and equip the next Nissan Micra, which will be part of the brand’s electrification strategy in Europe. Also, would the new all-wheel-drive version herald the arrival of a similar version on the next Nissan Qashqai?