Adding a new element to its name and a host of improvements to its style and substance, the 2014 Nissan Versa Note had its coming out party in Detroit. On sale in June, the 5-door hatch is finally getting the same kind of full-on remake that the Versa Sedan received in 2012 and should benefit greatly from that long-overdue transformation. Like the Sedan, the Versa Note Hatchback will be available in S, S Plus and SV trims, all with increasing levels of standard equipment. The same value pricing philosophy will be in place here as well, with the Versa Note S opening at $14,780 including destination.

Also spun from the automaker's global "V" platform architecture, this more versatile variation on the theme shares the Sedan's 102.4-inch wheelbase but boasts more dynamic body detailing that includes a steeply sloped windshield, sculpted side panels, more interesting front/rear fascia treatments and wide-opening rear doors. While the standard wheel/tire package matches 185/60 all-season tires on steel rims with full covers, the optional fitment pairs sportier 195/55 rubber on 16-inch alloys.

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Inside, the airy cabin of the new Nissan Versa Note boasts a total of 115.5 cu ft of total volume, including a segment-leading 21.4 cu ft of basic cargo space. The front buckets are matched with a 60/40 split-folding rear seat and the standard hidden underfloor storage cab be bolstered by an available Divide-N-Hide Adjustable Floor that adds even more practicality. In addition to a feature set that largely parallels those in corresponding Versa Sedan trims, the Note will offer a number of nifty
connectivity/conveniences options highlighted by Nissan Connect with Navigation System and a 5.8-inch color touchscreen display, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth Hands-free Phone and streaming audio, integrated USB/iPod interfaces, RearView and segment-first Around View Monitor systems and Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition.

Sole engine for the 2014 Nissan Versa Note will be the same 1.6-liter/109-horsepower four also used in the Versa Sedan. Here, it will be paired with a 5-speed manual in the Note S or Nissan's Xtronic CVT automatic in S Plus/SV variants. Notes fitted with the CVT that also brings aero-enhancing Active Grille Shutters and low-rolling resistance tires are projected to earn a 31 mpg city rating from the EPA as well as a class-best 40 mpg highway mark.

Comprehensive pricing/packaging information on the 2014 Nissan Versa Note will be released closer to its on-sale date.


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