Next-gen Nissan Note could be a fuel efficiency champion [Update]

Dealers have started shedding details about the next-gen Nissan Note launch in Japan. Citing a source, a report from states that the 2021 Nissan Note will launch in October this year in the country.

To prepare sales teams for the launch, training material will be issued in mid-August. Should there be a leak during that process, we’ll have the all-new Nissan Note specifications and other key details early on. Meanwhile, prototypes are still being tested on public roads and the development work is in the last stages now.

2021 Nissan NoteValue/Description
Length4100 mm
Width1730 mm
Height1500 mm
Main featuresElectric parking brake, e-Power & ProPILOT 2.0
Release dateOctober 2020 (Japan)
CompetitorsHonda Fit (Jazz) & Toyota Yaris
Unofficial information – table based on details reported by the Japanese press.

July 20, 2020

The next-gen Nissan Note has been spotted on the road for the first time. The all-new mini-MPV is being developed and tested in Japan, the company’s home market, where the car is a best-seller. While most small and compact Nissan models retailed in developed markets are switching to the new CMF platform family, it is expected that the Note will stick to the V-Platform for one more generation.

The Mk2 Note was the first Nissan model to come with an e-Power powertrain. It won’t surprise us if the Mk3 Nissan Note debuts significant upgrades to the series hybrid powertrain technology. As we mentioned in the previous update (below), 40 km/l is the rumoured fuel economy rating for the upcoming mini-MPV.

While the test mule of the 2021 Nissan Note bears heavy camouflage, it can be made out from the spy shot that it looks more stylish. The steeper angle of the back glass gives the third-gen model a hunchback stance and a sportier appearance.

May 29, 2020

The Nissan Note is among the last surviving members of the mini MPV group that had its dream crushed by the emergence of compact crossovers. The mini MPV combined the advantages of the hatchback (easy to park and easy to maneuver) and the MPV (higher storage volume, easy ingress and egress) but the Achilles’ heel was the boring shape or design.

2021 Nissan Note teaser
The 2021 Nissan Note gets slimmer boomerang-style headlamps, a crisp lip spoiler, shark fin antenna and a curvier posterior accentuated by horizontally-arranged combination lights.

Today Nissan confirmed it is taking the next step in the Note’s evolution stating that it will introduce the third generation vehicle within 18 months. The teaser clip revealing the front and side of the vehicle in motion is clear enough to shoot down some of the earlier claims by the media. The new Note retains the proportions of the current generation vehicle but comes with a shorter rear overhang, an integrated spoiler and horizontal wraparound taillamps. We spot normal door handles in the final scene which pours cold water on claims of the new Note receiving sliding doors and 2 extra seats. The video is attached lower in the story.

The Note was launched in big markets like USA, Canada, UK and Europe only to be discontinued within a few years. However in one market, the model not just survived but thrived. We’re talking about Japan, where the Note emerged as the country’s best-selling car in 2018 finding over 136,000 buyers. In 2019, as per data EVW accessed, it was the country’s second best-selling vehicle, thanks to the e-Power technology, Nissan’s series hybrid that offers 30 per cent better fuel efficiency compared to an ICE-powered vehicle of the same class and the torque of a Nissan 2.0L petrol engine.

2021 Nissan Note – 40 km/l fuel efficiency from new e-Power tech?

2021 Nissan Note render
Nissan introduced the current generation Note back in 2012 making it one of the oldest models in its lineup. Nissan is planning to keep the Note going but is planning several improvements.

Nissan launched the first generation Note in 2006 and the second generation followed in 2012. In 2021, the third-generation model will finally come out featuring a striking design and new goodies. Heavy revisions are set to bring the Note visually up to date with Nissan’s other vehicles and a much needed interior upgrade will make make the package more appealing. A render shared by Irfendy Mohamad with ElectricVehicleWeb presents the Note with bolder design elements and a modern interpretation of the V-Motion grille and Boomerang style headlights.

The 2021 Nissan Note will also be receiving the next-generation Nissan e-Power hybrid powertrain. The Note is one of most efficient models in Japan with a fuel economy of 37.2 km/l in the JC08 test cycle. This is expected to improve to 40 km/l in the third generation Note as the technology develops, ElectricVehicleWeb gathers.

Nissan has reserved the Note e-Power for the Japanese market and the Note III with the new design and expanded seated could try venturing out in the world market again. The e-Power tech on the latest model, Kicks, pairs a 1.2-litre petrol engine, electric motor and 1.57 kWh battery combination. The hybrid powertrain acts like a fully electric one and drives the wheels but doesn’t need to be charged from external sources. The battery is charged by the petrol engine and the e-Power system makes a maximum power of 129 PS and 260 Nm of torque in this case. The e-Power offers instant acceleration just like an EV and provides significant saving in fuel bills.

Finally the Note would have to become safer as it has done over the previous generations, and this can get done with the inclusion of the latest features from Nissan’s ProPILOT autonomous drive technology. The steering, brakes and accelerator are controlled with the information obtained through a camera equipped with image processing software, and the ProPILOT system maintains the lane with no driver inputs needed and automatically slows or stops the car based on the vehicle ahead.

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