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New Nissan Note features tiny washer and blow dryer, gadgets for days

Nissan has revealed the latest iteration of its Note mini MPV ahead of its scheduled Geneva Motor Show debut. The Note, which will be built at Nissan’s plant in Sunderland, has its sights trained on the likes of the Ford B-Max.

Unlike many of its rivals the Nissan Note is stuffed to the rafters with technology more commonly found in high-end luxury vehicles. The Note comes as standard with Nissan’s ‘safety shield’ technology, which includes a blind spot warning system, lane departure warning and an ‘advanced’ moving object detection system that warns you of potential collisions with objects as you reverse out of a parking space or driveway.

The Nissan Note should be rather expensive with this sort of tech, as most luxury cars with such features tend to use pricey radar or laser systems. Nissan has found an alternative method to keep the Note’s costs low, however. All three safety shield technologies use a single wide angle camera at the rear to visually scan for danger.

With so much technology relying on that rear camera, it’s reassuring to know Nissan has included a clever system for keeping it in working order. The camera uses “sophisticated algorithms” to detect dirt. If any filth is found, the camera will wash and blow dry itself automatically; a small squirt of water and a jet of compressed air keep the convex lens clean and drip-free.

The Nissan Note has three other cameras that work in conjuction with the rear lens to provide the highly useful around view monitor system. The technology, which started life in the Nissan Qashqai, allows the driver to see a top-down, birds-eye view of the Note, making it easier to park in tight spaces.

The Nissan Note has a host of other gadgets centered around Nissan’s Connect infotainment system. They include navigation software, Bluetooth phone and audio control, Google points of interest, as well as Google’s Send to Car software which allows you to send over route plans from your computer.

The Nissan Note’s three engine choices appear relatively frugal. The entry-level 1.2-litre, three-cylinder petrol churns out 80PS (78bhp) and 110Nm of torque and returns 60.1mpg and CO2 emissions of 109g/km.

The 1.2-litre supercharged DIG-S petrol unit generates 98PS (97bhp) and 142Nm of torque, making it slightly pokier. This returns 65.7mpg and 99g/km (or 119g/km with the CVT automatic gearbox).

Lastly there’s the option of a newly engineered 90PS (89bhp),1.5-litre turbo diesel capable of 78.5mpg and 95g/km of CO2 emissions. No performance figures have been released for this unit as yet.

Nissan Note production begins in the summer. Expect pricing information to be released closer to launch.

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