Nissan's new design language is taking shape.
Nissan has been making great inroads in the American electric vehicle market ever since it launched the all-electric Leaf back in 2010, and a decade on this car still continues to deliver value and performance on the level of competitors such as the Chevrolet Bolt. The manufacturer has now expanded its all-electric range with the Japanese launch of the all-new Nissan Note, which is exclusively available with Nissan's e-Power electrified powertrain. This follows the launch of the Nissan Kicks e-Power in Japan, Thailand, and Indonesia. Nissan hopes that by the end of 2023 it will have sold one million electric vehicles, and the Nissan Note showcases the evolution of the company's design and powertrain designs and is a clear pointer to where the company is heading.
The new Note showcases a new exterior design that includes the trademark V-line grille under slim-line headlamps and rolls on 16-inch alloy wheels designed to resemble a "sword blade". The Note is available in 13 body colors including two-tone options. The interior features new "zero gravity" seats and the overall interior room is superior to that of class rivals. The interior also features new tech such as wireless charging, navigation, and a newly-developed infotainment display.
Under the hood, the Note gets Nissan's acclaimed e-Power electric powertrain with all-wheel-drive. This second-generation powertrain offers an increase of 10 percent in torque and six percent in power, and the new inverter is now 40% smaller and 30% lighter.
"In 2016, the Note e-Power became a hot seller as soon as it started sales in Japan," said Ashwani Gupta, Nissan's chief operating officer. "With this all-new Note, we want to bring the joy of e-Power to even more customers. Once you experience e-Power, you will instantly discover why it has been well received by customers. It offers linear and exhilarating acceleration that is unique to 100% electric motor drive but without the restraint of battery charge. This is the power of e-Power" Gupta concluded.
Japanese buyers can expect to pay 2,029,500 JPY ($19,443) for the base model, and unfortunately, the Note will not be coming to the US having been discontinued after the 2019 model.