2020 may be winding down, but Nissan is not yet done launching new models.
After revealing numerous crossovers, a pickup, and a sportscar, Nissan has now launched a new compact car. Just as we suspected, it is indeed the next-generation Note. After the brochure leak last week, we finally get to see the 2021 model in full together with all the other changes.
Design-wise, the new Note looks unlike the previous model. Instead, it looks very much akin to Nissan's current models. The hatchback now features a more rounded shape inspired by the new Ariya crossover. Upfront, it features Nissan's signature V-motion grill which is integrated with the new slim LED headlights. The bumper features a minimalist design with slim vents and a large black trim below.
At the rear, the new Note now features full-width taillights which complement the front design. It also features a roof spoiler and thick black cladding on the rear bumper. New 16-inch fan-shaped wheels give the hatchback a more futuristic look. There are also 13 available colors including two two-tone options.
Step inside the 2021 Note, and the interior features a minimalist design. The first thing you'll notice is the large touchscreen infotainment system front and center. Beside it and in front of the driver sits a digital instrument cluster. There's also a large center console that has been positioned for easy access to the electronic shifter and offers additional space below it. To make the ride more comfortable, the Nissan's “Zero Gravity” seats were fitted along with large armrests.
Safety is also improved as Nissan's latest ProPilot system is standard on the Note. Drivers can enjoy ProPilot with Navi-link, which syncs with the navigation system on highways and detects speed limit signs that then automatically adjust vehicle speed. The system also uses navigation data to assess the angle of upcoming bends and decelerate the vehicle accordingly, similar to what we experienced when we drove the new Skyline in Tokyo last year.
The biggest change to the Note is no doubt what's underneath. The 2021 model rides on an all-new platform and is exclusively available with Nissan's e-Power hybrid powertrain. Nissan did not disclose specific power figures. However, they did says that electric motor torque is up by 10% and power output by 6%. Meanwhile, the inverter is now 40% smaller and 30% lighter compared to other e-Power models.
At the moment, the new Note is only available in a front-wheel-drive configuration. However, Nissan says an even more powerful dual-motor all-wheel-drive variant will be launched in December.
The 2021 Nissan Note will be on sale in Japan starting December 23, 2020.