2014 Nissan Versa Note revealed at Detroit auto show

New small Nissan hatchback gets updated Versa bits

Nissan introduced the 2014 Note at the Detroit auto show. Photo credit: Jake Lingeman
Nissan unveiled the 2014 Versa Note hatchback at the Detroit auto show on Tuesday. It shares the stand with a few concepts and the one-of-a-kind Nissan GT-R in Bolt gold. It celebrates the company's relationship with Olympic champion Usain Bolt.

While the Nissan Versa sedan received a complete redesign last year, the hatchback continued unchanged on the previous platform.

But with the 2014 model the Note name -- which has been on Nissan hatchbacks in Japan since 2004 and Europe since 2006 -- will mark the five-door version, which moves to Nissan's global small car platform.

According to Nissan, the Versa Note will have best-in-class cargo space and get up to 40 mpg on the highway with help from Nissan's first active grille shutter. The Versa Note will carry the company's 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine making 109 hp and 107 lb-ft of torque. Transmission choices will consist of a new CVT or a five-speed manual.

The Versa Note is available in three trims -- S, S Plus and SV -- as well as eight exterior colors.

Extras include a height-adjustable cargo floor, which creates a large, flat surface when the rear seats are folded. It also offers space to hide valuables when parking the car.

Other options include heated seats, NissanConnect with navigation, hands-free texting, rear-view monitor and the Around-View monitor, which gives the driver a bird's-eye view when parking.

The 2014 Nissan Versa Note will go on sale in June with a base price of $13,990 for the S trim.

About the Detroit auto show

The annual North American International Auto Show, better known as the Detroit auto show, has maintained its place as a barometer for the entire industry. For 2013, NAIAS takes place Jan. 14-27 and will host concept cars, green cars and supercars from all the major automakers, including what's expected to be a highlight this year: the new Corvette. Check out Autoweek's complete coverage of the Detroit auto show here.

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