If you ever searched for ‘affordable brand-new cars in Singapore‘, the Nissan Note will definitely be one of the top few due to its affordability, practicality and relatively decent exterior looks.
Just recently, Nissan released the new 2021 Nissan Note E-Power. And boy does it look good – a world of difference compared to my previous family car which was also an earlier version of the Nissan Note (which we sold it away, but that’s a story for another day).
The design of the new Nissan Note is revolutionary but clean, elegant, and humble. While many new cars now are designed with overflowing “dynamic lines”, it keeps it minimalistic and non-pretentious with a single line from the front all the way to the back.
Some interesting features that enhance its overall outlook are like a roof spoiler, short sloping roofline and the dual colour tone.
As stated from the launch announcement, this design expresses a futuristic design beyond a compact car and also implies the beginning of the era of electric vehicles.
The front of the Nissan Note is really eye-catching and futuristic with its new generation signature V-motion grille which displays a bold V-line integrated with the new thin LED headlamps.
The front is also similar to the current Nissan Kicks e-Power, in addition to that, the new Nissan Note is one of the first Nissan cars to have their latest redesigned NISSAN logo donned on it.
On to the back, the two main things you will notice are the new rear lights which run across the width of the vehicle and a humble wide-spaced “Nissan” word blending across it.
Tail lights running across the entire width of the back of the car has been the design language for many new cars, from the likes of the Audi A6 and A7, Porsche Cayenne, Panamera, 911, the new Kia Optima and even the Hyundai Elantra.
Glad to see Nissan stepping up their game to improve the designs in their new cars, which we believe has the potential to be one of the most attractive hatchbacks in Singapore.
Measuring in at 4045mm long, 1695mm wide and 1505mm tall, it is 55mm shorter than the previous Nissan Note in terms of overall length, 20mm shorter in height, and has 30mm lower ground clearance.
Although it is a hatchback, if you look closely it does resemble a bit of the subcompact crossovers like the Mazda CX-3 and the Audi Q2.
No? Ok maybe it’s just me.
The new Nissan Note comes with an improved second-generation e-POWER petrol/electric system where a 1.2-litre 3 cylinder engine is primarily used to charge the electric motor which then powers the wheels.
It produces 85kW of power (equivalent to 116 bhp) and 280Nm of torque.
That’s a decent amount of power for a hatchback but because it is still run by an electric motor, you get better fuel efficiency as compared to a conventional ICE setup.
Benefits of the 2021 Nissan Note E-Power at a glance – it gives you convenience with no range anxiety seeing we do not have many electric charging stations locally as of now, improved fuel efficiency and you get to enjoy the full benefits and the experience of an electric vehicle such as seamless acceleration, instant torque and a close to silent cabin.
Great news for buyers who are looking for a quiet drive in a Japanese car.
What’s even more impressive is the interior of the Nissan Note.
I’m not exaggerating – just take a look at the interior of its predecessor :
It’s a world of difference.
According to Nissan, this next generation design language opens a ‘futuristic space which makes it user-friendly and gives an enjoyable driving experience at the same time.’
It’s not crazily luxurious per say, but it is modern, trendy and looks even better than some of the competitors out there.
Some features worth mentioning are the 9-inch infotainment system (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), a 7-inch digital dashboard display, digital climate control, electric gear shift lever with electric parking brake and auto brake hold, a bridge shaped center console with a lower box and pocket with wireless charging.
These new features keep it attractive in this segment, and I believe it will appeal to our local market, especially considering how the Honda Jazz/Fit has been the dominant car in this segment for a while now.
Other cool features
- The petrol engine will turn off when the electric motor is sufficiently charged without the users knowing to provide comfortable and quiet rides for the driver and passengers
- On rough roads where usual road noise can be heard, it then detects and automatically starts the engine quietly again to charge the electric motor again
- Something new to us – a ProPilot system with new features that detects location and map information to automatically decelerate the vehicle during cornering and bends, and adjusting vehicle speed to match speed limits.
- Better cruising in congestions where the vehicle automatically brakes when the vehicle in front is doing the same (auto brake assist)
I’m guessing that the new Nissan Note will arrive to Singapore soon as its predecessor is not featured anymore on the AD’s (Tan Chong Motors) website, and furthermore Nissan is also strongly promoting on their e-POWER vehicles like the Serena and the Kicks locally which we are starting to see more of on the roads.
However – with those useful features we mentioned earlier, an updated and better presented interior, the e-POWER engine, it’s unlikely that this new Nissan Note will stay at a similar price range as its predecessor (It’s a bonus if it does!)
Nevertheless, I think the main concern with Singaporeans is the e-POWER system which will have many people questioning the drive, power, and overall reliability.
I can’t say much on the reliability, but I have personally test-driven a Nissan e-POWER vehicle before, and I would say the e-POWER did really well in terms of the quietness, responsive acceleration and a really positive overall driving experience.
Fun fact : Nissan has more than 20 years of experience in developing electric vehicles and autonomous driving technology and now with the release of the second generation Nissan e-POWER vehicles, we shouldn’t have to be too wary of major issues with this car.