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Nissan Note: Supercharged, more power

2014-02-27 09:17

MORE POWER: Nissan has topped its UK Note range with the addition of the DIG-S 1.2 supercharged unit. Still no Note for SA though. Image: Nissan

  • Low emissions and fuel-consumption
  • Revised chassis settings for range-topping model
  • Factory-fitted optional styling pack
  • DIG-S range starts with Acenta trim

Nissan's Note range has been boosted by the arrival in showrooms in Europe of the DIG-S - the name from the brand's new supercharged three-cylinder petrol engine.

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The automaker says the DIG-S (direct-injection gasoline supercharged) promises best-in-class fuel economy and whole car lowest-in-class running costs.The engine makes 74kW / 147Nm and the Euro economy test returned 4.3 litres/100km and exhaust CO2 of 99g/km.

However, Nissan South Africa says there's still no word of the Note arriving in SA any time soon.

EFFICIENCY BOOST

An offset crank pulley counterweight smooths the imbalances inherent in a three-cylinder engine and the use of a supercharged Miller cycle (patented by American engineer Ralph Miller in the late 1950s) combustion process boosts efficiency.

Miller's genius introduced a two-stage intake stroke (in effect, a fifth stroke) by keeping the intake valves open for longer than those of a conventional engine. As superchargers are engine rather than exhaust-flow driven, that on the Note has an electronic clutch which allows it to be disconnected when not required.

As with the non-turbo 59kW version of the three cylinder 1.2-litre unit and the 66kW 1.5-litre dCi turbodiesel - the DIG-S also includes Nissan's stop/start system.

DIG-S models are available with the choice of either a five-speed manual transmission or an optional XTronic which emits 119g/km of CO2.

The range-topping model has 16” alloys, new springs, dampers and roll-bars, revised steering settings and the addition of stiffening braces to improve body stiffness.

Nissan says the DIG-S is expected to generate 25% of sales in the UK and will cost only the equivalent of R18 000 more than the non-supercharged 1.2-litre engine. Available from Acenta trim upwards, prices start at the equivalent of R261 634.

The automaker says it will also be introducing a Style Pack from Acenta grade upwards and costs an additional equivalent of R14 400. It includes two-tone 16” alloys, rear privacy glass, carbon look rear bumper, roof spoiler, side sills and a more assertive front bumper with a black grille and bezel head lights. Inside there's an exclusive three-spoked steering wheel.

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There’s also Nissan’s Safety Shield which uses cameras and sensors to monitor the area around the car at all times, using driver assist systems such as blind-spot warning, land departure warning and moving object detection.

Nissan's around-view monitor, which gives a 360 degree ‘helicopter' view around the car when manoeuvring, is also available, while the navigation system now includes GoogleTM ‘Send to Car' software which permits routes planned on a computer at home or in the office to be transferred directly to the car ready for a journey.
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