The all-new 2021 Nissan Note has just made its debut in the Japanese market today. This small hatchback is the company’s best-seller in the Japanese market, which is why this all-new model is very important. Unlike its rivals such as the Toyota Yaris and Honda Fit (Jazz), the Note will only be offered with Nissan’s e-Power electrified powertrain.
The all-new 2021 Nissan Note showcases Nissan’s latest design concept, Timeless Japanese Futurism. This design language first made its debut in the recently-unveiled Nissan Ariya electric SUV. Upfront, there’s a bold interpretation of the brand’s signature V-Motion grille, which is flanked by a pair of sleek LED headlights. A two-tone paint scheme is available on higher variants, which adds a dose of personality to this small hatchback. At the rear, there’s a pair of sleek LED taillights that’s connected by an LED strip and a raked rear windshield that gives the all-new Note a sportier profile compared to its predecessor.
As for the interior, the all-new 2021 Nissan Note features a completely overhauled design. The horizontal dashboard features a digital gauge cluster and a large Nissan Connect touch screen infotainment system. Nissan took advantage of the all-new Note’s excellent interior packaging. Despite having small exterior dimensions, the center console is wider and longer compared to rivals such as the all-new Honda Jazz. Along with Nissan’s Zero Gravity seats, the all-new Note promises greater comfort during long-distance drives. Interior quality has also been improved through the use of more premium materials.
Under the hood of the 2021 Nissan Note is exclusively powered by the brand’s second-generation e-Power technology. e-Power is not your traditional hybrid wherein the gasoline engine directly powers the wheels. Instead, the engine is only there to act as a generator for the electric motors. No power or torque figures have been provided yet, though Nissan is particularly proud that the inverter is 40 percent smaller and 30 percent lighter than before. The gasoline engine also engages much less and operates are a much lower RPM, leading to better fuel economy.
As a world first, e-Power’s electrical energy generation is now controlled according to road conditions. When road noise increases due to surface conditions and vehicle speed, the gasoline engine switches on to charge the e-Power battery pack. This reduces the need for the engine to operate under otherwise quieter conditions.
Nissan has also announced that the Note e-Power will also come with AWD and is scheduled to be launched in Japan in December.
As with every modern Nissan nowadays, the 2021 Note comes with the Nissan Intelligent Mobility suite of advanced driver-assist systems. This includes automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, blind spot warning, just to name a few. In addition, the new Note comes with a new version of Nissan’s ProPilot semi-autonomous driving feature as it now comes with NaviLink. ProPilot with NaviLink works in conjunction with the built-in navigation system when driving on highways and detects speed limit signs to automatically adjust the speed. The system also uses navigation data to assess the angle of upcoming bends and decelerate the vehicle accordingly.
The all-new 2021 Nissan Note will go on sale in Japan this December 23, 2020. Considering that Thailand also has the Nissan Note, there’s a slight chance for this Honda Jazz-rivalling hatchback to eventually arrive in the Philippines