A Blind Spot Warning system, Lane Departure Warning and an advanced Moving Object Detection system combine to deliver a new level of driver assistance in the class. 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 – a perfect example of the new Note’s in-built engineering innovation.
The benefits of Safety Shield are numerous. Not only does it reduce accident exposure, it means drivers are better informed about their surroundings – minimising the risk of accidental bumps or scrapes that would require a visit to the body shop. It also allows drivers to feel safer and more secure at all times.
New Note is also the first car in the B-segment to offer Around View Monitor (AVM) – Nissan’s acclaimed multi-camera helicopter view parking aid giving clear visibility around the car. This sophisticated yet easy to use system makes parking manoeuvres simpler, enhances urban driving pleasure and helps owners reduce the risk of costly body damage when parking.
Additionally, the new Note embeds the latest version of the Nissan Connect navigation system, including all its connected services.
Innovative design and engineering has meant that all of these technologies have been delivered in an affordable package, matched by a range of highly efficient engines. The combination of a lightweight platform, low aerodynamic drag exterior design and advanced engines and transmissions mean that the new Note will appeal to all buyers.
Running costs will be equally appealing, with all new Note variants equipped with an idle stop/start system as standard, delivering CO2 emissions as low as 95g/km. This efficiency is complimented by strong performance from advanced petrol and diesel engines, along with secure and engaging driving dynamics, specifically tailored for European roads.
Inspired by and remaining close to the style and shape of the Invitation concept car revealed at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the new Note has an energetic design. The clean lines of the silhouette hint at the new Note’s dynamic potential and showcase the car’s class-leading aerodynamics. Unlike versions of the new Note sold in other markets, the European model has a unique front end design as well as premium sculpted wing mirrors incorporating the indicator repeaters.
Built on Nissan's lightweight V platform, the new Note combines a long wheelbase and short overhangs to create a sporty, agile look. The side of the car is distinguished by a dramatic ‘Squash Line’ that adds a powerful dynamism to the profile, so called because the angles were inspired by the flight of a fast moving squash ball travelling around a court.
The front combines sculpted surfaces with an interlocking headlamp and grille arrangement. Combined with flared wheel arches and a distinctive, flowing window line, the new Note further reinforces Nissan’s position at the leading edge of vehicle design.
Recognising that many B-segment buyers demand a sporty, dynamic look, Nissan has developed a new Dynamic Styling Pack that offers an even more powerful appearance. The Dynamic pack features black detailing around the headlights and grille and introduces larger, more sculpted air intakes in the front and rear bumpers.
The emphasis placed on strong design features continues inside the new Note. The versatility valued by drivers of the previous model has not been forgotten, and is now combined with premium quality materials, advanced technology features and class leading practicality.
The most striking innovation is right in front of the driver on every trip. The dashboard display has been designed with significant European input to ensure maximum clarity at all times, delivering a clear view of all standard driving data in addition to two advanced new eco meters. An eco pedal gauge gives an efficiency rating to the driver’s throttle input, while an overall eco meter gives a strong visual guide to the overall economy achieved on each drive in real time.
The Note’s interior has been designed and built to offer occupants a comfortable, practical and refined environment. The blue lights of the eco meter gives the cabin a relaxed, premium feel while the intelligent layout means that there is no compromise on space.
Designed with practicality in mind, the new Note’s rear seats carry over the class leading versatility of the previous generation model. A sliding rear bench allows owners to alternate between maximum luggage space and maximum passenger legroom. Add a dual-height boot floor and few B-segment models can compete.
The new Note will launch with three trim grades – Visia, Acenta and Tekna. Equipment levels reflect Nissan’s commitment to offering high levels of technology to all customers. As a result, all models will feature stop-start ignition systems, six airbags and cruise control with a speed limiter.
Mid-spec Acenta models add air-conditioning, Bluetooth connection and rear electric windows, while top grade Tekna models feature the Safety Shield pack, Nissan Connect, Around View Monitor, part leather trim and keyless entry with i-key.
Prices and specifications will be unveiled closer to the new Note’s European on-sale date in the autumn of 2013.