Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Nissan’s Noteworthy upgrade

WHEN it first appeared the Nissan Note was — for obvious reasons — a bit of a gift for motoring

WHEN it first appeared the Nissan Note was — for obvious reasons — a bit of a gift for motoring journalists stuck for a pun or two.

And the good news is that, without even resorting to further punning, the Nissan Note just got a whole lot better.

Nissan has now introduced the n–tec trim to the British–built Note — this innovation was recently featured in the X–Trail, Qashqai and Pulsar.

So what is n–tec and will it bring in more buyers? Well the answer is that n–tec is a higher level of new technology equipment that will definitely benefit new 2015 buyers of the Note.

The aim is that the new Note n–tec sits between the top of the range Tekna and mid–grade Acenta Premium model levels. Accordingly, the n–tec features a number of technology, safety and design upgrades while keeping the price around the £15,000–plus mark.

So the look of the Note n–tec includes new 16–inch alloy wheels, satin silver door handles and wing mirror covers, plus the choice of eight paint colours — including a new metallic Ink Blue finish exclusive to n–tec.

This was the colour of the test car and I must say it greatly increases the style of the Nissan Note. But the new “look” does not end there.

Upgraded styling extends to black bezel headlamps, aerodynamic front bumper, carbon–look rear bumper, unique blue stitch on the leather steering wheel and rear privacy glass.

The Note n–tec is available with a six–speed manual 1.2–litre 80PS petrol engine that emits 109g/km with a combined fuel consumption figure of 60.1mpg.

There is new technology inside the car with New NissanConnect (featuring 5.8in touchscreen satellite navigation), DAB radio and a rear view camera.

Previously only available on Tekna and now standard on n–tec is Nissan’s award–winning Safety Shield suite of technologies including Blind Spot Warning, Moving Object Detection and Lane Departure Warning.

This last feature might strike some drivers as a touch “nagging” — but I find in today’s traffic conditions that features like this are becoming more and more essential, especially for congested motorway driving conditions.

The Note range enhancements extend to the mid–grade Acenta Premium too, where it benefits from the addition of the New NissanConnect system with DAB radio and Bluetooth handsfree with audio streaming.

Prices for Note Acenta Premium trim start from £14,465 OTR with a choice of one diesel engine and three petrol engines.

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