The Nissan Note is a compact MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle), also categorized as a subcompact or mini hatchback, produced by the Japanese automaker Nissan. Since its inception, the Note has been positioned as a versatile and practical choice for urban and suburban drivers, combining efficiency, space, and a range of features into a compact footprint.
Nissan Note Overview
The Nissan Note is a subcompact hatchback that was first introduced in 2004. It is currently in its third generation and is sold in Europe, Asia, and Oceania. The Note is powered by a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine that produces 79 horsepower and 79 lb-ft of torque. It is available with a choice of a five-speed manual transmission or a CVT automatic transmission. The Note is available in two body styles: a five-door hatchback and a seven-seat MPV. It is also available in a variety of trim levels, including the base Note, the Note Acenta, and the Note Tekna. The Note is a good choice for those looking for a small and practical car. It is also relatively affordable, starting at £16,595 in the UK.
Nissan Note Generations
First Generation (E11; 2004–2013):
Introduced in 2004, the E11 Nissan Note was designed with an emphasis on interior space and versatility within a compact exterior.
It utilized a high-roof design, maximizing interior headroom and cargo space.
Depending on the region, a range of petrol and diesel engines were available, and the vehicle was notably equipped with features such as the ‘Flexi-Board’ boot storage system.
Second Generation (E12; 2013–2020):
Launched in 2013, the E12 brought significant design and technological updates to the Note.
The exterior design was more modern and dynamic compared to its predecessor, aligning with Nissan’s global design language at the time.
On the inside, quality improvements and advanced technology features were introduced, like the NissanConnect infotainment system.
In certain markets, the Note e-POWER was introduced, which used an electric drive system paired with a small gasoline engine that served as a generator, offering drivers the feel of an EV (Electric Vehicle) but without the need for external charging.
Third Generation (2020–present):
The latest generation of the Note was introduced in late 2020, initially for the Japanese market.
The design was further refined and modernized, both inside and out.
This generation placed a significant emphasis on electrification. The conventional gasoline versions were discontinued, making the Note exclusively available with the e-POWER hybrid system.
The new Note also incorporated advanced safety and driver assistance features as a part of Nissan’s ProPILOT suite
Nissan Note Sales Figures
While the Note has seen popularity in several markets, including Europe and Japan, its presence varied. For instance, it was sold in Europe up to the second generation but was discontinued thereafter, while in Japan, it remains an important model in Nissan’s lineup. In North America, a variant of the Note was sold as the hatchback version of the Nissan Versa.