• Apr 6, 2011

Yesterday, we told you that the 2012 Nissan Versa is coming to the New York Auto Show later this month, and today we can show you exactly what its JDM counterpart will look like. Above is a completely undisguised photo of the Tiida hatchback as it sits in a parking lot in China. The hatch shares a virtually identical front end to that of the Versa sketch Nisan showed us back in October. The Tiida also shares a platform with the already in production Sunny, which shows that a sedan variant is also likely.

The spy photo shows highly stylized headlamps and a grille that is framed in chrome. The lower fascia is agape, framed by a pair of similarly large fog lamp openings. Overall styling of the Tiida appears to be a bit more conservative than competitors like the Ford Fiesta, though it's a clear improvement compared to the outgoing Versa. Another spy photo, which is available on autoincar.com, shows that the Tiida carries a Direct Injection Gas 1.6 liter turbo engine, which currently pumps out 188 horsepower under the hood of the Juke, though we'd be very surprised if the Versa gets that kind of power – a naturally aspirated 1.6 will likely be offered.

We'll see how close this spy shot of the Tiida is to the production 2012 Versa when it is unveiled in New York later this month.

[Source: Auto In Car]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      You can see hints from the altima concept. Im really liking where nissans design language is headed. If they can keep this thing anywhere as cheap as the outgoing model, id be very impressed.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I personally think it looks a whole lot like the Lexus CT200h. It's an improvement though.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks better than the current car, but what about the interior? The Juke engine would find more than a few friends in this car. Just no CVTs, please. They suck.
      Bill
      • 3 Years Ago
      The European versa I think its a Renault? Has a nice "Shelf" look to the hatch. Reminds me of the Lincoln concept hatch from a few years back. Be nice if this versa had the self look to its hatch too.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Big improvement over the current Versa....if we get the 1.6L direct injected turbo engine this thing would make a sweet daily driver.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Whether you like Nissan or not, 190HP in a B-segment vehicle has kick ass written all over it.

        I say bring it!
        • 3 Years Ago
        I already have that in my sweet daily driver (aka my Juke).
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm generally pretty disappointed with Nissan's styling these days. Of course, the new Maxima, GT-R, and 370Z look good, but this, the Juke, the Murano.... no.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I actually really like it.

      I could definitely see people that think the Focus or Elantra are a little too swoopy could go for this.

      Especially in that color, it reminds me a little of the Volvo C230 (I think its called that), which was based on the last-gen Euro Focus. That's a sharp looking car too, but way over-priced.

      Definitely need more info on this next-gen Versa (price, mileage and such).
      • 3 Years Ago
      At first glance I thought it was a new Volvo.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Whoa, who startled it?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Everyone's thinking it: a Versa SE-R with the Juke's engine, six speed manual or DSG with paddles, IRS, disc brakes all around and 17" wheels. Bring it in for a sticker around $20-22k (real purchase price $18-20k), and I could see this replacing my GTI in a few years... (2007, 64k miles, no major issues, been to the dealer twice for non-routine service)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Infinity G headlights and the lower part of the bumper looks like Lexus GS.
      • 3 Years Ago
      With this picture, and the shot of the new Impreza, it's another ho-hum day in the annals of car design. It's getting harder and harder to find an affordable car that doesn't look stupid.
        • 3 Years Ago
        It isn't that hard.

        The new Kia Rio looks pretty darn good to me as does the upcoming Accent. I really like the Mazda2 and Fiesta as well.
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