2014 Nissan Versa Note searches Google, has 360-degree vision
DETROIT--It'd be easy to dismiss the Nissan Versa Note as just a hatchback version of the automaker's compact Versa sedan, because -- well -- that's exactly what it is. However, the Note is noteworthy, thanks to a few interesting cabin and safety technology additions.
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Perhaps the coolest feature here is the availability of Nissan's Around-view camera technology, which displays a 360-degree view of the ground around the car by stitching together multiple camera feeds and has been slowly, but steadily trickling down from the Infiniti line of premium vehicles. That this safety tech is available in the automaker's entry-level model is pretty awesome.
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Inside the cabin, the Versa Note will make the automaker's NissanConnect navigation system available. Bluetooth audio streaming, Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant, Google POI search, and Pandora Internet Radio connectivity will all be accessible through this system's 5.8-inch touch screen.
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The 2014 Versa Note is powered by a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine rated at 109 horsepower and 107 pound-feet of torque. The standard gearbox is a five-speed manual shifter, but a CVT is also available.
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40 mpg highway
When paired with the continuously variable transmission, Nissan expects the Versa Note to touch the 40 mpg mark on the highway.
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Hints of Nissan's boomerang headlamp design element make an appearance here, albeit reversed. Here the element integrates the lighting elements into the chrome brightwork of the grill, rather than hint at speediness.
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Packs much back
Of course, we can't talk about the Versa Note without noting its new hatchback. Interior volume is bumped up to 115.5 cubic feet, 21.4 cubic feet of which is dedicated to cargo.
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Availability and price
The 2014 Versa Note goes on sale in June 2013 at an MSRP starting at $13,990. Full pricing and packaging details will be announced close to the on-sale date.