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Nissan Note Spotted Testing In India

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| October 17 , 2017 , 14:48 IST

Nissan Note has been spotted testing in India for the first time and has been revealed by spy shots published by MotorBeam. The car was spied testing in Tamil Nadu, where Nissan India has its R&D facility and manufacturing base shared with Renault.

A user spotted the car on the streets and clicked the pictures which he later shared with motorbeam.

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In the spy shots, the Note test mule is wearing a temporary registration plate. It is a Medalist variant with a 1.2-litre three-cylinder 95bhp petrol engine. The Medalist is an exclusive variant with silver grille, front plated bumper lower grille, exclusive “Medalist” emblem, newly-designed optional 15-inch aluminium wheels, altered seat floor colour and weave pattern, and a special fog lamp. The car has a distinctive shape to the tail- lights which seem like LED units, the rear windscreen gets a wiper, there is chrome door handles, rear parking sensors and alloy wheels. Also, the alloy wheels look identical to the ones seen on Nissan Sunny.

The Note is in its second generation now and it got the last update in 2014 internationally. It is a mix of a compact hatchback and an MPV. Stretching over 4 metres with a length of 4,100 mm, it offers 5 seats. The Note will most probably replace the ageing Micra as its premium B-segment offering. The B-segment premium hatchbacks are gaining a lot of popularity in the country lately and Nissan doesn’t want to be left behind. Nissan might bring in the Note to India as a rival to the B-segment hatchbacks like the Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Hyundai Elite i20. Initially, the Note was considered and ruled out for India. It rides on the V-platform, which has found little success in our market.

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The Nissan Note e-Power powertrain consists of the HR12DE 1.2-litre petrol engine, power generator, inverter and the EM57 electric motor. The Nissan Note e-Power’s petrol engine develops 79 PS and 103 Nm of torque, while the electric motor generates 109 PS and 254 Nm of torque. There’s no need for external charging, with the petrol engine charging the small 1.5 kWh battery.