Nissan was spotted testing its new Note on the streets of Chennai, Tamil Nadu early this week. The automaker has got its latest update to Note in 2014 and it plans to launch Note in India as a rival to Maruti Baleno, Hyundai Elite i20 and other B-segment hatchbacks.
This new Nissan hatchback is a 4-meter premium and hence the manufacturer doesn’t face any issue in launching it in India. Nissan plans to launch the Note as an alternative to Micra in the premium B-segment in India. Indian consumers are highly inclined towards buying the premium B-segment hatchbacks nowadays and Nissan finds it to be the best time to launch Note in India.
Even Ford and Tata have an eye on launching their premium B-segment hatchbacks. Nissan plans to hit around 5 million sales by 2020 and gather 5 percent market share by then.
The company is planning to test its e-power technology in India to enhance electric mobility in Asia. The new e-power technology has a combination of gasoline engine and electric-run motor, which keeps away the use of external charger.
The new Note is a petrol variant having 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine with 95bhp. The exterior is quite impressive with a new fog lamp, weave pattern and an optional 15-inch aluminium wheel.
In India, the Japanese car maker is planning to launch the petrol variant, but there is no news about the launch of electric variant anytime soon. Currently, tests are being done in India for both the electric and petrol variants and official news from the Japanese car maker is expected to be released by the end of this year.