A restyled front end brings Nissan’s most affordable hatchback up to date with the rest of the lineup.

Nissan’s affordable hatchback, the Versa Note, will arrive in the 2017 model year with an updated look, and while we weren’t supposed to see it just yet, our spy photographers stumbled across this completely undisguised model at a photo shoot.

As befits a midcycle refresh, changes to the Versa Note are somewhat mild. We spot a new front fascia with a new lower grille design that’s more in keeping with the updated Sentra sedan, plus new head- and taillights, and a rather awkward-fitting rear spoiler atop the hatch. The Versa Note reached the U.S. market in 2013 as a 2014 model, so it’s due for its first nip-tuck. The only changes for the 2016 model year concerned equipment additions and some new paint colors. The 2017 model could receive some updated equipment and other features to go along with its new look.

Because this is a milder update, don’t look for too many major powertrain changes. Currently, Nissan sells the Versa Note in the U.S. with a 1.6-liter inline-four engine rated for 109 horsepower (81 kilowatts) and 107 pound-feet of torque (145 newton-meters), with a five-speed manual available on the entry S trim and a CVT fitted to every other version. Pricing for the car runs from $15,095 to $19,575 before options, making it one of the cheapest five-door hatchbacks around.

It’s still unknown when the 2017 Nissan Versa Note will debut, but our spy shooter indicates it could even arrive this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

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