Nissan Note 2013 exterior

The second-gen Nissan Note already debuted in Japan last year, but along comes a raft of details and pictures of the car that will be sold in Europe, after its Geneva appearance early next month.

To be built at Nissan’s Sunderland, UK facility, the B-segmenter is less mini MPV and more conventional hatchback where this market is concerned, competing with the likes of the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo. The company also says steering, suspension and chassis are set up unique to the Euro model.

Available in Visia, Acenta and Tekna variants in the UK, the new Nissan Note’s standard features include start-stop, six airbags and cruise control. Making its debut on the top-spec Tekna version is Nissan’s Safety Shield bundle of systems, comprising Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Moving Object Detection.

Nissan Note 2013 interior

Moving Object Detection works with Around View Monitor to enhance the driver’s field of vision and protect occupants. When the system detects something or someone moving behind the car, an audible and visual alert is given.

Around View Monitor combines the feeds from cameras mounted on the front grille, tailgate and both door mirrors to project an overhead 360-degree helicopter view of the car and its surroundings. The system activates automatically when reverse gear is selected, but can also be activated manually at forward speeds of up to 10 km/h.

The Safety Shield systems, however, all run from one tailgate-mounted camera, keeping costs in check. The camera image is constantly scanned for dirt and if need be, a jet of water and then compressed air is fired at the lens to clean and dry it, ensuring the systems can operate at all times.

The Euro-spec Nissan Note gets two 1.2 litre three-pot petrols (80 PS/110 Nm and 98 PS/142 Nm, the latter supercharged) and a Renault-sourced 1.5 litre turbo diesel that emits 95 grams of CO2 per km and returns 3.6 litres per 100 km.

There’s an improved Connect navigation, Bluetooth and audio system, as well as a bigger 5.8-inch touch-screen. Google ‘Send to Car’ navigation software allows routes planned at home to be transferred to the car.

Additional connected services include Google Points of Interest (POI), nearest fuel prices, plus flight and weather information.