New Note is sold only with e-Power in Japan. Previous (ICE) versions have been badged Versa for the US

New Note is sold only with e-Power in Japan. Previous (ICE) versions have been badged Versa for the US

Nissan Motor launched the redesigned hybrid powered Note compact car in Japan this week with sales scheduled to begin on 23 December.

The new Note has the recently developed e-Power electrified powertrain which uses an electric motor to drive the wheels powered by a high output battery and an integrated petrol engine to generate electricity. Most hybrid vehicle wheels are powered directly by both electric motors and internal combustion engines.

The Japanese automaker said the "unique" e-Power system offers "linear and exhilarating acceleration using 100% electric motor drive but without the restraint of battery charging".

The system is already in use in the Kicks e-Power compact crossover vehicle, which was launched in Japan, Thailand and Indonesia earlier this year, with further launches scheduled for China and Europe in the coming months.

It's also going into the redesigned Qashqai due out in Europe in Spring 2021.

Nissan said it had so far sold around 430,000 vehicles worldwide equipped with e-Power.

Nissan said the new Note would play a key role in its Nissan Next global business restructuring plan announced earlier this year. The outgoing model became its best selling model in Japan immediately after launch in 2016.

COO Ashwani Gupta said in a statement "with the new Note we want to bring the joy of e-Power to even more customers. Once you experience e-Power, you will instantly discover why it has been well received". 

By the end of fiscal year 2023, Nissan expects to deliver 1m electrified vehicles around the world each year.