New Nissan Note unveiled

16 Jul, 2012 3:25pm Luke Madden

The new Nissan Note has been revealed in Japan, but a more stylish European version is on the way

The new Nissan Note has been unveiled in Yokohama, Japan but it isn’t expected to reach European roads until the middle of 2013.

The current Note’s practical proportions remain but underneath the new model now rides on Nissan’s V-platform, which currently underpins the Micra.

The styling is heavily inspired by the Invitation concept that Nissan unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. The scalloped flanks and sculpted headlights are both lifted from the show car.

But, while there are certainly elements of the Invitation concept in the Japanese-market Note, the European version is expected to have even more of a likeness to the sporty concept car. Expect to see a black honeycomb grille, additional chrome trim and a more aggressive bodykit.

Underneath the bonnet, the new Note will get a range of petrol engines but the big news is the introduction of the three-cylinder supercharged 1.2 DIG-S engine, used in the Micra. The 97bhp engine claims CO2 emissions of 99g/km in the Micra.

The new Note will be built at Nissan's plant in Sunderland, eventually going on sale in the middle of 2013 for around £12,000.