2017 Nissan Versa Note SL
Since its U.S. introduction for the 2014 model year, Versa Note has celebrated the difference between hatchback and sedan buyers. Where most manufacturers in the segment offer lookalike styling, essentially only substituting the trunk lid for a hatchback, the Versa Note and Versa sedan have highly distinctive exteriors. The two share many components under the skin, but few elements when it comes to design – acknowledging that hatchback buyers are looking for an added level of style to go with a 5-door\'s utility. This one-two punch of Versa Note and Versa has been rewarded in the marketplace, where the combination has maintained the highest sales among competitors in segment year-after-year. For 2017, Versa Note accentuates its popular forward-looking style even more with a new front fascia and \"V-Motion\" grille that flows seamlessly with the swept-back halogen headlights. While now sharing a closer family resemblance with Nissan Sentra, Altima and Maxima, the new design retains the vibrant Versa Note personality, especially when wrapped in new Monarch Orange or Deep Blue Pearl exterior colors. In addition, Versa Note S Plus, SV and SL grades receive the sporty rear fascia previously available only on Versa Note SR. Other enhancements for the 2017 model year include a new wheel cover design for S Plus and SV grades and a revised 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheel design for the SL trim level. Inside, the 2017 Versa Note includes a number of customer input-driven changes, such as larger cupholders, the addition of a second 12-volt outlet for SV, SR and SL trims and the relocation of the first 12-volt outlet and USB auxiliary port to the front of the center console. The 2017 Versa Note is offered in a range of four well-equipped models: S Plus, SV, SR and SL. Each model is powered by a 1.6-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine, matched with a next-generation, Nissan Xtronic transmission, helping them achieve up to an EPA-estimated 39 miles per gallon highway fuel economy. The Xtronic transmission has received new D-Step Logic Control tuning for improved acceleration feel. New Front End Design Enhances the Open, Aero and Energetic Exterior Since its introduction in 2013 as a 2014 model, Nissan Versa Note\'s sculpted styling has been designed to accomplish two things: provide efficient aerodynamics to help enhance fuel economy and to stand out from the crowd of entry-level competitors. Its dramatic shape and proportions provide an energetic look that reflects the active lives of its target buyers. For 2017, the fresh new front end appearance adds to its character with a new fascia and Nissan\'s distinctive V-Motion grille. Along with its steeply sloped front windshield and deeply sculpted doors, Versa Note features a dramatic character line called the \"squash line.\" Inspired by the international sport of squash, the line follows the trajectory of a squash ball hitting a wall, bouncing on the court floor and returning to the player. This \"rebound path\" projects the dynamic energy of Versa Note in both look and driving feel. Attention to aerodynamic detail helps Versa Note achieve a coefficient of drag of 0.298. The large front spoiler combines with a \"kick up\" roof shape and low aero-drag floor structure (including front and rear tire deflectors, rear suspension beam mounted flush with floor and fuel tank deflectors) to direct airflow over, under and around the body. An Active Grille Shutter limits the amount of air entering the engine compartment, reducing drag force by 0.01. The Active Grille Shutter is generally closed at speeds above 20 miles per hour. The new-for-2017 swept-back multi-reflector halogen headlights are paired with Versa Note\'s \"boomerang\" rear taillights, which are similar to those found on the Nissan 370Z and Nissan JUKE. The special \"vented\" taillight design includes special outlets and lip to help guide air away from the body for reduced air turbulence and improved rear lamp visibility in bad weather. Fog lights and heated sideview mirrors are also available. All 2017 Versa Note grades now adapt the sporty rear fascia previously available only on the SR grade. The Versa Note SR model offers exterior and interior treatments including fog lights, body-color side sills, rear spoiler, sideview mirrors with integrated turn signals, suede-like seats, 370Z-style sport leather wrapped steering wheel and 16-inch sport machine-finished aluminum-alloy wheels – providing a more sporty appearance. Versa Note\'s dynamic design also takes full advantage of Nissan\'s global \"V\" platform. It features a long 102.4-inch wheelbase helping maximize interior roominess, while short front and rear overhangs help provide a sporty stance and parking maneuverability. The 2017 Versa Note is offered in the following colors: new Monarch Orange and Deep Blue Pearl, along with Gun Metallic, Cayenne Red, Brilliant Silver, Super Black, Aspen White and Fresh Powder.