Not long ago, Nissan revealed its plans to bring a premium hatchback to India. Now, it looks set to do that with the Note e-power, sold in international markets. This premium hatchback was recently spotted undergoing testing in TamilNadu.
The Nissan Note e-power was being tested with out any camouflage indicating that the car is nearing its launch. On first impression, the car looks sporty in design with a V-motion front grille having chrome inserts and large wrap around head lamps. Nissan will depend on this premium hatchback to revive its stagnant sales in India.
Engine displacement is in the form of a 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol motor, used to charge batteries. The batteries power the electric motor, which delivers 108 BHP of power. This engine is a range-extender, which kicks in when there is low battery or power.
It would be interesting to see whether the Indian government gives it the green light. India may not have a superior infrastructure for electric vehicles, so this car could see that as a bit of a roadblock for its production. In many ways, this is an unique car, which is not an all-electric or a hybrid car.
Coming back to the car, Nissan claims that the Note e-power has a driving range of 37 km. This is after the engine charges the battery, which will make it the most fuel efficient car in India once it gets launched. Rivals include the Maruti Suzuki Baleno and the Hyundai i20.
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