Nissan has announced the arrival of an all-new Note, and the second-generation mini MPV will take the fight to the likes of the Honda Jazz in Japan, beginning early September

Exterior-wise, the B-segment Note features a striking character line called a “Squash Line,” which is rather prominent. With the revamp comes a spacious cabin, which the company is saying will be beyond expectations for a car in this class. Interior design cues includes a flowing line above the instrument panel, supposedly inspired by the ripples in sand.

Japanese consumers will be able to get their hands on a choice of two three-cylinder mills, both 1.2 litre jobs. The first is the 78 hp and 106 Nm HR12DE, as seen in the March; the Almera in Thailand also wears the lump.

The second is the HR12DDR, a supercharged unit promising 97 hp at 5,200 rpm and 142 Nm at 4,400 rpm for output numbers. The mills will be paired to an Xtronic CVT gearbox for all grades, with an Idling Stop System available for the 2WD version.

Standard kit will include the company’s Around View Monitor (AVM), which makes its way on to a compact Nissan for the first time. Aside from domestic production in Japan, the Note will also be made at Nissan’s Sunderland plant in the UK for the European market, with sales set to begin in 2013.