2018 Nissan Versa Note features new Special Edition Package and sporty SR grade with added standard content
The Versa Note capped off the 2017 model year in a familiar position – by being named by Kelley Blue Book to the annual KBB.com '10 Best Back-to-School Cars' list for the fifth consecutive year. In selecting Versa Note once again, the KBB editors wrote: 'The Versa Note subcompact hatchback combines surprising roominess and versatility with appealing options and the lowest starting price of any vehicle on this list.'
For 2018, the sporty Versa Note SR grade adds standard Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition, Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer System and Easy Fill Tire Alert. The Versa Note SV grade adds the same new features as part of the SV Special Edition Package (previously named the SV Appearance Package). In addition, the SL grade is no longer offered and the S Plus grade is renamed the S grade.
Únchanged is the Versa Note's sporty hatchback design, which differentiates it from the Versa sedan – acknowledging that buyers are looking for an added level of style to go with a hatchback's 5-door utility.
The 2018 Versa Note is offered in three well-equipped models: S, SV and SR. Each model is powered by a 1.6-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine, matched with a next-generation, Nissan Xtronic transmission – helping achieve 39 miles per gallon highway fuel economy1.
An Open, Aero and Energetic Exterior
The Nissan Versa Note's sculpted styling has been designed to provide efficient aerodynamics to help enhance fuel economy, while also standing out from the crowd of entry-level competitors. Its dramatic shape and proportions provide an energetic look that reflects the active lives of its target buyers.
Just one year ago the Versa Note exterior received a freshened front appearance with a new fascia and Nissan's distinctive V-Motion grille. Along with its steeply sloped front windshield and deeply sculpted doors, Versa Note continues to feature a dramatic character line called the 'squash line.' Inspired by the international sport of squash, the line follows the trajectory of a squash ball hitting a wall, bouncing on the court floor and returning to the player. This 'rebound path' projects the dynamic energy of Versa Note in both look and driving feel.
The swept-back multi-reflector halogen headlights are paired with Versa Note's 'boomerang' taillights. The 'vented' taillight design includes special outlets and lip to help guide air away from the body for reduced air turbulence and improved rear lamp visibility in bad weather. Fog lights are also available.
Attention to aerodynamic detail helps the Versa Note achieve a coefficient of drag of 0.298. The large front spoiler combines with a 'kick up' roof shape and low aero-drag floor structure (including front and rear tire deflectors, rear suspension beam mounted flush with floor and fuel tank deflectors) to direct airflow over, under and around the body. An Active Grille Shutter limits the amount of air entering the engine compartment. The Active Grille Shutter is generally closed at speeds above 20 miles per hour.
Engine : 1.6 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 109 hp
Torque: 107 ft-lbs
Versa Note's dynamic design also takes full advantage of Nissan's global 'V' platform. It features a long 102.4-inch wheelbase helping maximize interior roominess, while short front and rear overhangs help provide a sporty stance and excellent parking maneuverability.
The Versa Note SR model adds standard fog lights, body-color side sills, rear spoiler, sideview mirrors with integrated turn signals and 16-inch machine-finished aluminum-alloy wheels – providing a more sporty appearance.
The 2018 Versa Note is offered in seven exterior colors: Deep Blue Pearl, Gun Metallic, Cayenne Red, Brilliant Silver, Super Black, Aspen White and Fresh Powder.
Roomy Interior, Available Divide-N-Hide® Adjustable Floor
The roomy interior is a perfect match for the stylish Versa Note exterior. The five-passenger cabin provides a spacious total interior volume of 112.9 cubic feet and ample cargo space of 18.8 cubic feet. A low cargo area liftover height provides easy loading and unloading of heavy or bulky objects. The interior also offers front headroom of 40.8 inches and rear legroom of 38.3 inches – making Versa Note both adult comfortable and kid friendly.
Interior versatility is enhanced through use of an available Divide-N-Hide® Adjustable Floor. The Divide-N-Hide® system creates a flat cargo area. Lifting up the cargo floor board reveals a hidden area underneath to keep valuables out of sight. When more space is needed for carrying taller or bulkier items, lowering the floor board creates a deeper cargo well. The floor board is designed to stay in the vehicle yet is easily removed if desired. It's a simple solution to balance the need for a flat load floor or maximum cargo capacity or security.
The long list of interior features starts with the standard cloth seating, 4-way adjustable front bucket seats (S) or 6-way driver's seat (SV, SR), Fine Vision instrumentation, AM/FM/CD/Aux-in audio system with 4 speakers, 12-volt power outlet, front door pockets with bottle holders, dual front and rear cupholders, front passenger seatback pocket, 60/40-split fold-down rear seat, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System and many more amenities. The Versa Note SR includes sporty suede-like seat accents and a 370Z-style steering wheel.
Also available: upgraded seat cloth and stitching, along with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, chrome/silver accents, ÚSB input with iPod® control, and steering wheel-mounted audio and Bluetooth® controls. One interior color is offered: Charcoal.
The Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant2 – which is available with the standard 5.0-inch color display on SV and SR grades – allows drivers to receive and respond to text messages without touching their cell phones. With a touch of a button messages can be read to the driver and answered with pre-loaded responses via voice recognition.
Other available Versa Note technology includes Nissan Intelligent KeyTM with Push Button Ignition, RearView Monitor and SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately).
The Right Combination of Power and mpg
With entry-level buyers looking for value not just in the initial purchase price but also in day-to-day operation, the front-wheel-drive Versa Note is designed to provide a rewarding combination of fuel economy and performance.
Anchoring the powertrain is a 1.6-liter HR16DE 4-cylinder engine rated at 109 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 107 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. The engine includes a range of cutting-edge technologies, including a dual fuel injector system that allows a wider injection of fuel (versus traditional single injector systems), with the smaller nozzles delivering a spray approximately 57 percent finer than the previous generation single injector design's particle size to help achieve more complete combustion.
The compact, lightweight engine also utilizes a Twin Continuously Variable Timing Control (CVTC) system mounted on the intake and exhaust ports (versus conventional CVTC systems, which are mounted only on the intake port), similar to the system used on the flagship Nissan Maxima. Úsing a CVTC on the outlet port increases thermal efficiency, decreases inhalation resistance and offers an approximate four percent improvement in fuel efficiency (over the previous engine design).
Versa Note is offered with a standard advanced Xtronic transmission with D-step Logic Control, which simulates shifts, giving a more natural acceleration feeling without holding a constant high rpm. The Xtronic transmission allows continuous change of the transmission gear ratio by connecting the two pulleys with a metallic belt and changing their diameter with hydraulic pressure. Aiding efficiency is an integrated auxiliary gearbox using planetary gearing. The Xtronic features a transmission ratio of 7.3:1, broader than those of typical 7-speed automatic transmissions. A transmission oil warmer transfers engine heat to the transmission oil, helping reduce transmission friction during cold starts, increasing short-trip fuel economy.
In addition to the advanced engine and transmission designs, excellent everyday drivability is provided by an independent strut front suspension with stabilizer bar, torsion beam rear axle with integrated stabilizer bar, and electric-assist power steering.
Braking is provided by standard power-assisted front disc/rear drum brakes with standard Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist.
The 2018 Versa Note rides on standard 15-inch steel wheels with full wheel covers and 185/65HR15 all-season tires, while 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 195/55HR16 all-season tires are standard with the SR grade. Optionally available as part of the SV Special Edition Package are 15-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Low rolling resistance tires are standard on all models.
Standard safety and security systems include the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) (includes dual-stage front supplemental air bags), front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags, roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Traction Control System (TCS) and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with available Easy-Fill Tire Alert.
A Range of Three Well-Equipped Grade Levels
The 2018 Versa Note is offered in S, SV and SR grade levels. Versa Note SV models include power windows with one-touch down feature, power door locks with speed-sensing auto-lock, Remote Keyless Entry, cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, chrome and silver interior accents, Piano Black C-cluster surround, 3-dial Fine Vision Meter design, multi-function trip computer with outside temperature display, map light with key-linked illuminated entry system, driver's seat armrest and seat lifter, upgraded seat cloth and stitching, ÚSB input with iPod® control, second 12-volt power outlet, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately), 5.0-inch color display, Streaming audio via Bluetooth®, Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant2, RearView Monitor and Divide-N-Hide® Adjustable Floor.
Versa Note SR offers sporty exterior and interior treatments, including fog lights, rear spoiler, body-color side sills, suede-like seats, rear seat armrest with cupholders, sideview mirrors with integrated turn signals, sport-style leather-wrapped steering wheel, Nissan Intelligent Key™ with Push Button Ignition, Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer System, Easy Fill Tire Alert and 16-inch machine-finished aluminum-alloy wheels.
One equipment optional package is offered, the SV Special Edition Package with 15-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, fog lights, variable intermittent wipers, Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition, Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer System and Easy Fill Tire Alert.
The 2018 Versa Note is assembled by Nissan Mexicana SA de CV in Aguascalientes, Mexico.Source - Nissan