It was announced that an updated 2018 Nissan Versa Note is going to be offered in the coming year. This will be a continuation of the second-generation models as the new Versa Note is receiving its first update after the initial release in 2013. The model will first be available in Japan and then it is scheduled to cross the pond and be offered in the North American market.
The original second-gen car was launched in 2012 in Japan and crossed to the US in the coming year. It introduced a new platform, which it shared with the Micra car, and was updated to have more of a hatchback style than an MPV one. When the Note crossed the pond it substituted the current Versa model and was immediately dubbed the Versa Note and at the same time came with a much bigger and powerful engine offer.
The new 2018 Versa Note is supposed to be a bit sportier compared to the last model. It will take on the current “V-Motion” type of design which is seen in some other Nissan models. This car will borrow some elements form the Sentra, Maxima and Altima models which have already been rebuilt with this new type of design language which Nissan has introduced.
According to the released pictures, the new 2018 Nissan Versa Note looks really fresh compared to before. It manages to offer a great ride and the producers are predicting record sales for this model. We will see how it will all pane out after the release date.
When is the 2018 Nissan Versa Note Release Date?
The release date for the 2018 Nissan Versa Note is set for mid-2017. But this is the Japanese release date. The fans in the USA will have to wait a little bit longer as the car will appear in the North American market at the start of 2018.
What is the Starting Price?
The new 2018 Nissan Versa Note will start sales at $15,480 as its base MSRP, which is a little bit pricier than its last year’s model. The entry level model will be the S Plus this time, while the SV comes priced at $16,380, the SR is $17,980 and the most expensive one is the SL trim priced at $18,710.
What are the Exterior Changes?
The most obvious changes brought to the 2018 Nissan Versa Note are seen in the front end of the car. It incorporates the “V-Motion” grille which all of the newer Nissan models have. It is flanked with the also newly designed swept-back halogen headlights. Bellow, we can see a sportier bumper and a two-tier central intake with rectangular foglamps.
The rear end of the Versa Note is going to carry over unchanged. But the sportier SR trim elements will be transferred to S Plus, SV, and SL models. So all trims, expect the base, will have a sporty bumper, a diffuser-like element and the tailgate spoiler. The higher trim levels also come with a new 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheel design.
The last piece of the puzzle are the two newly offered exterior colors. With the already existing ones being the Brilliant Silver, Metallic Peacock, Super Black, Cayenne Red, Gun Metallic, Aspen White, and Metallic Blue choices, the two new ones include the Monarch Orange and Deep Blue Pearl.
Inside Design and Appearance
The facelifted 2018 Nissan Versa Note will carry over the original layout of the car for its inside. But will include some minor modification to keep the car fresh. The changes include larger cup holders and the 12-volt outlet and USB auxiliary port are all moved to the front of the center console. Higher trims get a specific treatment, with a leather steering wheel and suede-like seats for the SR trim. Also available are the NissanConnectSM with Navigation and Mobile Apps, Voice Recognition for navigation and audio, a 5.8-inch color touch-screen display, Around View Monitor2, SiriusXM Traffic, and heated front seats.
Powertrain and Given Specs
With the coming facelift, the engine of the 2018 Nissan Versa Note will not change. The current second-generation version made its debut with only one engine choice available and things are going to stay that way. The engine which is used is the 1.6-liter four-cylinder unit which makes 109 horsepower and 107 pound-feet of torque. This engine comes with dual injector system, continuously variable valve timing control, and electronic drive-by-wire which improves its ability a little bit. The engine will also combine with an Xtronic automatic shifter for all of its trims and also a five-speed manual transmission.
What are the Acceleration Rates?
Thanks to the modifications that the engine has, the 2018 Nissan Versa Note will be able to speed up to 0-60 mph in 9.9 seconds and it is still going to deliver a top speed of 109 mph.
The 2018 Nissan Versa Note also manages to offer some fabulous EPA rates. One of the biggest advantages of the car is that it really does not spend too much fuel and hosts a great fuel-efficiency rating. The car consumes 39 mpg highway and 31 mpg city with the Xtronic automatic, while a rating of 36 mpg on the highway and 27 mpg in the city is offered with the five-speed manual transmission choice.
The Dimensions of the Car
The new 2018 Nissan Versa Note will not change the dimensions. The current numbers will be transferred from the current second-generation model and will amount to a length of 163.0 inches, wheelbase 102.4 inches, width 66.7 inches and height 60.5 inches. These numbers make the Versa Note perhaps the largest model compared to other cars in the segment.
What are the Safety Specs for the 2018 Nissan Versa Note?
The safety characteristics will be transferred to the 2018 Nissan Versa Note model from the current version. It is true that smaller cars do not fare well as the bigger ones do in crash testing. But the IIHS still awarded it with a “Good” rating in all areas of testing except tougher small-overlap front crash test. This is an improvement as the previously tested 2015 version received “Poor” scores. The NHTSA also did not the car give great results, assessing the model at a 4-star rating in every category. The federal tests scores also only managed a five stars for side impact but just three for frontal. The Versa Note will still come with your typical safety items for a small car, but will omit the advanced ones.
The small car segment will welcome the 2018 Nissan Versa Note with a fleet of already present models. But as this model receives only a facelift, the competition is already a familiar one. The cars to look out for are the Kia Rio and the Toyota Yaris models, which have already proven their worth in the US market.
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