The preliminary images of the 2018 Nissan Note Hybrid have surfaced, but the vehicle is unlikely to enter the North American car market. The Nissan Versa Note has been boasting dismal sales in North America. However, its counterpart has always performed impressively in Asia and Europe. The model remains the most robust and spacious car in the subcompact division. It arrived in the United States in 2014 with a high-quality interior, hence bringing the best sales ever in the subcompact category.
The Note e-Power has been a best-seller in Japan ever since it first arrived at the dealers. It even posed a blatant challenge to the Prius in January this year and is one of Japan’s best-selling vehicles. Since it has amassed tremendous success in Japan, Nissan has opted to look for other market options outside of Japan.
2018 Nissan Note Hybrid – Exterior Design and Interior Profile
Our keen photographers took some snapshots of the 2018 Nissan Note Hybrid undergoing some test drives in Chennai. The Japanese car maker revealed this hatchback for the first time in 2013. And it appears the manufacturer gave it a comprehensive makeover last year. It is reported that this vehicle will be unveiled at the 2018 Auto Expo and will be sold in European and South East auto bazaars.
The 2018 Nissan Note Hybrid comes packed with impressive features, including LED taillights, rear Medalist badge, and chrome door handles. The Indian bound Note Hybrid edition will share the same powertrain with the Micra hatchback.
Nissan’s executive VP heading global sales and marketing was quoted saying, “The engine technology is robust enough to fit into different markets outside of Japan.” “We aim at forging ahead fast with electrification, both in electric vehicles and e-power technology,” he added.
2018 Nissan Note Hybrid – Powertrain
The 2018 Nissan Note Hybrid comes with an extended-range hybrid system like the Chevy Volt’s hybrid powertrain system. Nissan’s latest Note Hybrid uses a 1.2-liter 3-cylinder engine and 1.5-kilowatt/hour lithium-ion battery pack that powers a 40-kilowatt electric motor. The 3-cylinder engine does not power the wheels directly.
Since you cannot plug it in, the system recurrently adjusts itself to generate adequate electric power. Nissan claims Note Hybrid’s powertrain system produces up to 109 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque.
Japan’s EPA fuel economy ratings for the 2018 Nissan Note Hybrid stand at 77 mpg, but this drops below in the real world. These scores fall in the same region as the regular Prius (96 mpg) and the Prius Prime plug-in hybrid (87 mpg). The Nissan Note hybrid lacks the plug-in facility, unlike other models on the market such as the BMW i3.
2018 Nissan Note Hybrid – Pricing and Debut
Nissan is yet to expose the pricing details and the debut date for the Nissan Note Hybrid. So, we will be updating this post as soon as more information is available. Nissan has not been satisfied with how traditional hybrids perform in the United States.
Hence, the company’s move to offer the e-Power hybrid system is likely to give Nissan an edge over the competition in the electrified division.