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Nissan has done away with the 1.8-liter engine, and all Versas now come with a 109-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine—the size that used to be offered only on special stripped-down Base models. The engine, too, is lighter than its predecessor and gets continuously variable valve timing plus piston oiling jets and a new dual injector system. A five-speed manual can be had on the base 1.6 S, but the rest of the model line gets a next-generation version of Nissan's Xtronic continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

Significant mpg gains

The new Versa sedan is built on a new 'global V' platform and weighs about 150 pounds less than the current 'B' platform. With the weight savings, low-rolling-resistance tires, and other enhancements, Nissan has made tremendous gains in fuel efficiency for the new Versa: an estimated 30 mpg city, 37 highway with the CVT or 27/36 with the manual transmission.

The suspension remains largely the same, with a strut setup in front and torsion-beam rear—though with stabilizer bars in front and in back. All models get electric power steering and anti-lock front disc/rear drum brakes with brake assist. In addition, the Versa gets standard electronic stability control, seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and roof-mounted side-curtain bags.

Initially, the 2012 Nissan Versa will be offered in three models: Sedan 1.6 S, Sedan 1.6 SV, and Sedan 1.6SL.

Touch-screen nav comes to the Versa

Cruise control, chrome accents, power windows and mirrors, and upgraded instrumentation are included in the mid-grade SL, while the top-of-the-range SL comes with a lot of other extras like fog lamps, 15-inch alloy wheels, steering-wheel audio controls, and an upgraded sound system with USB and iPod connectivity. Bluetooth hands-free, satellite radio, and a navigation system with five-inch touch-screen display will all be available.

The 2012 Nissan Versa will start at $10,990 and will be available later this year.

Watch below, as our John Voelcker gives a walkaround of the Versa at the New York auto show.


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  1. That is one dramatically hideous car.
     
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  2. Deal breakers: the center armrest was removed. No stick shift in the upper level trims?!?
     
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  3. The Versa is already to roomiest in class, most HP, and unless you have not driven one - for sure nicest in class too. But this design is awesome! What a great step UP for Nissan! Will give Corolla a run for the money. The CVT provides 33 MPG AVERAGE city/hwy - and a stick doesn't beat the CVT for efficiency at all. Nissan sells 100+ automatic Versa's for every manual sold or even wanted on the current car. However you can get the 2012 Versa with a manual on the Base model. Center Arm rest you can get after market.
     
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  4. The 2012 Hyundai Accent / Kia Rio blows this away, with 10% better highway mileage and nearly 30-hp more. While the Versa has at least an attractive exterior, the interior is bland and uninspiring. In future, the B and C-segments will be much more important to overall vehicle sales; if Nissan wants to see positive numbers, they've got to do way better than this.
     
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  5. The 2012 Hyundai Accent / Kia Rio blows this away, with 10% better highway mileage and nearly 30-hp more. While the Versa has at least an attractive exterior, the interior is bland and uninspiring. In future, the B and C-segments will be much more important to overall vehicle sales; if Nissan wants to see positive numbers, they've got to do way better than this.
     
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  6. @ Rich
    Wow, what vague and unhelpful criticism. How exactly is it hideous?
    @ jimpimms
    Fair enough, the new Accent and Rio do seem to have slightly better numbers than the Versa for the most part. However, while you're correct in saying that B and C segments cars will grow in importance (and price) over the next few years, there will always be a need for inexpensive, basic transportation. As for your suggestion that Nissan needs to up its small car game, the hatchback variant of the Versa is on its way, and has an exterior/interior that is on par, if not above that of the Rio, Accent, Fiesta, and Sonic. Add to that that possibility of the Juke's engine, and it's clear that Nissan can easily "do way better than this".
     
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  7. Japtrash contrived by cynics for zombies. Absolutely bloody awful.
     
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  8. The new sedan is much better looking outside, but loses the smooth, sophisticated interior look of the current model. That center stack is hideous, IMO. Hope the hatchback rear end doesn't look like the Juke - it's definitely a Renault look, and also hideous.
     
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  9. That interior looks to be chock full of cheap plastics... unfortunate at a time when buyers are focusing on interior quality. Honda seems to have been gripped by this problem of late, as well. Designing a car for today using an interior from a '95 Cavalier is not a smart move.
     
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