A few days ago, unveiled that Nissan was studying the possibility of the market presentation of the Note e-Power hatchback. Now, a set of spy pics have surfaced confirming the car has already landed in India. Nissan recently shown that the firm feels that this electrically driven hatchback, which is charged by a minor 1,198-cc petrol engine rather than a fixed charging socket, will be better suited for the Indian customer. The spied images suggest that test mule might be a top variant as it gets rich features such as LED tail lamps, chrome door handles and Medalist badge at the rear.
The India bound Note is likely to get the same powertrain as seen in hatchback Micra. The 2017 Note will get 1.5-litre diesel engine and 1.2-litre petrol engine. In addition, Nissan is also considering to carry Nissan Note e-Power, which was launched last year in Japan.However, the spotted test mule didn’t have any e-power badge. The Note e-Power gets the same EV-technology as seen in Nissan Leaf and is powered by HR12DE petrol engine. The engine makes 77 hp of power and 103Nm of torque and the electric motor creates 107 hp of power and 254Nm of torque. To charge the battery the electric vehicle doesn’t have an external charger and it uses its petrol engine. “The e-Power technology will be very convenient for the Indian customer. We have a request from our team in India to study the e-Power technology for the country,” Daniele Schillaci, executive vice president, Global Marketing and Sales, Nissan Motor Co said addressing the media at the company’s headquarters in Yokohama.
The Note e-Power is Nissan’s first range-extended vehicle. It can run on petrol like a normal petrol-powered or hybrid car, without having to charge the battery from a charging station, thus making it suitable for countries like India where the electric vehicle charging network is weak.
In our earlier report, we told you that Nissan is planning to introduce performance hatchback. The car will compete with the likes of Volkswagen Polo GT and Baleno RS. The performance hatchback is likely to create 100-hp to 120-hp of power and will be valued at Rs.10 lakh. Also, Nissan India will launch 8 new models by 2021. At the 2018 Auto Expo, Nissan India might launch X-Trail hybrid and an electric vehicle, Note & Leaf.