• Apr 5, 2011
2012 Nissan Versa Sketch – Click above for high-res image

Nissan has hinted in the past that it plans to show a new small car at this year's New York Auto Show, and the folks at Inside Line now say that new vehicle will be the 2012 Versa. The next Versa will reportedly be based off of a new global B platform that already underpins the Nissan Sunny (pictured, right) and the Micra. The updated Versa will reportedly shrink a bit compared to the current model, and it will continue to slot below the Sentra in terms of price.

The Japanese automaker released a sketch of the next-generation model back in October, giving us an idea of what the Versa will look like. We're hoping the new Versa will once again be available in both sedan and hatchback variants, and it wouldn't hurt for fuel economy numbers to offer powertrain enhancements compared to the model that's currently on sale. Stay tuned.

[Source: Inside Line]


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        • 3 Years Ago
        DIG turbo shown in that car...

        • 3 Years Ago
        I like the Lexus grille
      • 3 Years Ago
      The sketch and the photo of the Sunny are identical in details, but the proportions in the sketch have it looking like a wannabe Elantra. The Sunny is pretty dowdy by comparison, yet I'd be surprised if the Versa isn't just the Sunny. That said, the Tiida hatch actually isn't half bad.
      • 3 Years Ago
      drawing looks better then the car
        • 3 Years Ago
        That's always the case.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hopefully, the new Versa will get a higher safety rating then the 2 stars it gets from the NHTSA currently.
      • 3 Years Ago
      why does it remind me of the new Volvo S80?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who designed this monstrosity, Toyota? No, it couldn't be. This is WAY too ugly to be a Toyota.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Whoa, that's a sweet spy shot. I'm not digging the headlights though, but overall looks better than the current versa.
      • 3 Years Ago
      So basically its an Elantre with a Nissan front-end?
        • 3 Years Ago
        ... and a Juke's Direct-Injection Turbo 1.6
      • 3 Years Ago
      A car that will be smaller than its predecessor!?! Great googly moogly!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ Bob-omb

        I don't think the current Versa has a lot going for it at all, other than a cushy ride and a lot of space for a B-segment vehicle.

        They aren't reliable at all according to TrueDelta and Consumer Reports, in fact only the Aveo is worse.
        • 3 Years Ago
        So a Lexus front end, a Ford rear end and bloated sides? WTF happened to Nissan? And WTF is that Sunny car crap? That's a whole bunch of lulz there.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Well, the Versa's bigger inside than the Sentra, so it's not too surprising that it would shrink a bit. The current model has a lot going for it, but it's dowdy and the powertrain's a total dog. I'm excited to see what the new one's like.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Versa = Ugly and Awkward. It reminds me of Japanese styled cars, before they opened design studios in California. Toyota may be the only one left still 'approving' everything in Japan and stuck with many of the awkward Japanese style elements better left in Japan.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Er... all the Acuras have been styled in California.

        And have been panned by critics and consumers alike....
        • 3 Years Ago
        LOL wtf? Many of Toyota's new cars are 100% designed in California, not Japan, as are Hondas and Acuras. IMO, they've gone downhill since they opened design studios in the US, especially Acura and Honda.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope they fix C11 issues ...AND PLEASE independent rear suspension
        • 3 Years Ago
        Pft... not with this price slot/range.

        Hell, the European's Civic didn't get any rear independent suspension last time I checked. And the civic's price range is a bracket above this, lol.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hasn't anyone noticed that the sketch is the Sunny in the photo? It is merely the stylized drawing that designers produce to give the more pedestrian looks some pizazz. The Versa will still be a homely car.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm surprised it took so long for someone to mention that. The drawing is merely a stylized Sunny. Every detail matches between the 2, the creases, the bumper openings, the grills, the greenhouse shape, the headlights, even the wheel design. It must be sad to be a designer and see your creation watered down so much on every project.
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