Nothing new from Nissan at the ongoing 2017 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS), but the maker of the GT-R has two cars on showcase duty. One is the BladeGlider prototype and the other is this – the latest Nissan Note e-Power.

This is the latest iteration of the Nissan Note, unveiled in Japan late last year. In its domestic market the Nissan Note e-Power is a range extender hybrid, but it’s one that can’t be plugged-in to recharge the battery – Nissan’s system uses only the engine to provide the juice.

That engine is a 79 PS/103 Nm 1.2 litre HR12DE unit, which is only there to feed the 109 PS/254 Nm electric motor from the Leaf. The three-cylinder engine is not connected to the driven wheels. Nissan says that the system allows drivers to enjoy the benefits of an electric motor – such as maximum torque from standstill – without having to worry about charging the battery.

The presence of the range extender also means that the battery can be made much smaller (just 1/20th the size of the one in the Leaf), enabling it to be placed under the front seats to maintain interior space, which of course is the main unique selling point of the Note, a Honda Jazz-style five-door hatch. The Note e-Power’s claimed fuel economy is 37.2 km/l on the Japanese JC08 cycle.

Differentiating the e-Power model from standard petrol-powered variants is the blue trim around the grille and e-Power badges around the car, while the interior gains a stubby drive mode selector from the Leaf. Also fitted is a unique instrument cluster with dedicated hybrid displays.

This Nissan Note is also available in Thailand, but as an Eco Car without the fancy e-Power hybrid system. Our ASEAN neighbour instead gets the HR12DE 1.2 litre three-pot used in their March and Almera. With 79 PS and 106 Nm of torque, it’s mated to an Xtronic CVT automatic for combined claimed fuel consumption of 20 km/l.


GALLERY: Nissan Note 1.2L, Thai-spec