Japan loves niches. Even niches have sub-niches there. For lovers of the crazy stuff, it’s a good day. This is the Nissan Note Aura Nismo – a hot mini MPV. It is based on the thicker equipped Note Aura. You can also just say New Nissan Note Nismo, that alliterates just that little bit better. According to Nissan, the new body kit actually generates downforce – although they do not want to say how much. Just look at that thick spoiler on the tailgate.
No extra power
The storied hatchback focuses mainly on road holding and appearance; the powertrain with 135 hp and 300 Nm is unchanged. That is not the power of the 1.2-liter three-cylinder, because it only functions as a generator. The Nismo uses Nissan’s e-power powertrain. The petrol engine charges a small battery, which in turn feeds the electric motor. Funnily enough, you can’t charge the car at a charging station.
The interior of the Nissan Note Nismo
In addition to a more aggressive body kit with red accents and an F1 brake light, Nismo places a sportier interior with Recaro seats, Alcantara grips on the steering wheel and carbon fiber (look) materials. A set of red belts finishes it off. Do not expect that the lukewarm hatchback will also make the crossing to the Netherlands, unfortunately. However, a Nissan Qashqai with a similar e-power drivetrain is coming to our country.