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Friday 18 April 2014

Nissan plays new tune with second Note

THIS is Nissan's new Note. This second generation is less mini-MPV and more grown-up, striking-looking hatchback. It will make its world debut in Geneva next month.

While it looks more like a hatchback, it still has a lot of cabin space and high driving position. It has a sliding rear bench and a two-level boot floor.

Built at Sunderland, it goes on sale in right-hand drive later this autumn.

The new Note will have two 3cyl petrol engines (1.2-litre with 79bhp and 109g/km; and a supercharged 97bhp, 99g/km version) as well as a 4cyl diesel (89bhp, 95g/km). A 5spd manual gearbox is standard while CVT (continuously variable transmission) is possible with all three.

There is no doubt this is based on the design of the Invitation concept at last year's Geneva show.

While some models are already on sale in Japan and America, those for Europe get revised chassis, new grille, bonnet, alloy wheels, seats and dashboard.

The European versions also have stuff such as blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning and moving-object detection systems you can order. Nissan says the Note represents the start of a wave of new models.

Irish Independent

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