While the sedan model was billed as an obvious budget offering, the hatchback is heading in the direction of other small cars, offering a sportier and more up-scale ride. Previewed in the Inviation concept (above) at the Geneva Auto Show last March, the car has since launched in Japan as the Note.
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Along with the more engaging styling, look for an improved interior over the budget equipment in the Versa sedan, while under the hood Nissan may have a big (or should we say small?) surprise.
While the same 1.6-liter 4-cylinder is expected to be offered, making 109 hp and achieving 40 mpg on the highway, a more efficient 3-cylinder engine may also be offered. In Japan the Note is available with a 1.2-liter supercharged 3-cylinder making 97 hp and achieving as much as 59 mpg on the Japanese test cycle.
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Past rumors have indicated Nissan would offer the 3-cylinder engine in North America, and increasingly 3-cylinders are returning to our shores. With the first such arrival being the 2014 Ford Fiesta, look for the next-generation MINI models to use just 3-cylinders as well.
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[Source: Automotive News]
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