A V-Motion grille now graces the front of Nissan’s affordable hatchback.

Unless you’re a Nissan aficionado, you might not notice the changes to the Versa Note at first glance. The car’s facelift is relatively minor, but it’s headlined by the addition of the V-Motion grille familiar to all new Nissan models. It’s also available in this striking new Monarch Orange paint – as we saw when we spied the car totally undisguised – as well as a new Deep Blue Pearl paint, and has new designs for both its steel and alloy wheels.

The 2017 Nissan Versa Note also has larger cupholders, a change Nissan execs say was driven to improve the car’s "livability," while the USB port has been moved to the front of the centre console so it’s easier to plug in your phone while on the road.

As this is just a minor refresh, there are no mechanical changes in store for the Versa Note. You’ll still make do with a 1.6-litre inline-four engine rated for 109 horsepower and 107 pound-feet of torque, which is paired to a continuously variable transmission. You’ll get 31 miles per gallon city and 39 mpg on the highway (Canadian equivalent is 7.6 litres per 100 kilometres city, 6.0 L/100 km highway), according to EPA estimates.

Despite the changes, the Versa Note is still plenty affordable. Pricing, with destination, runs from $16,345 through $19,575, before any options. Although Canadian pricing hasn't been announced yet, the 2016 Versa Note currently runs from $14,998 to $19,748. The 2017 Versa Note reaches Nissan dealers on November 22 – just in time for your Black Friday shopping spree.  

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