Will Nissan Launch a Versa Note Hybrid?

"Will Nissan launch a Versa Note hybrid?"

Anonymous

Nissan says only that it has not announced a hybrid version of the Versa Note "at this time," leaving the possibility open, but we wouldn't hold our breath waiting.

The 2014 Versa Note went on sale recently as the new hatchback version of the Versa. It has an EPA highway estimate of 40 mpg with a continuously variable automatic transmission, so it already is among the most fuel-efficient cars. In addition, the Note starts at $14,800, including destination charge, and competes in the price-sensitive subcompact market. Adding hybrid technology could significantly boost the price without a commensurate increase in gas mileage.

Nissan is adding a hybrid version of its seven-passenger Pathfinder SUV for 2014. The automaker also said at the New York International Auto Show last spring that the next-generation Murano, a five-passenger SUV due as a 2015 model, also would have a hybrid version. The Pathfinder Hybrid uses a supercharged four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor, and the same setup will likely be used in the Murano.

Small cars like the Note can get good mileage with gas engines, so hybrid technology would seem a long shot for the near future.

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Comments 

Volume Van

7 passenger Pathfinder Hybrid is affordably priced and has 6 trims.

Versa Note has lot more interior space than Versa.

First of all Versa was launched as Hatch, then they launched the Sedan version and now the Versa name is hijacked by Sedan.

And Nissan launches Hatch as Versa Note. This does damage to the Hatch vesion.

Anyway the Note Hybrid should have lot more interior space and should go 50 MPG and compete with Prius if affordably priced.

Max Reid

The author writes

"Adding hybrid technology could significantly boost the price without a commensurate increase in gas mileage."

The hybrid versions of Accord, Fusion, Camry, Sonata and all other models gives much higher mileage compared to their gas only cousins.

The $14,800 priced Note has stick shift and you cannot compare that to a Hybrid which has Automatic. Add the cost of all the extra's in a Hybrid and their compare the cost of ownership and Hybrids will make better sense.

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