Nissan has officially released pricing on the company's 2012 Versa Hatchback. Buyers looking for the functionality of a five-door can expect to pay $14,380 excluding destination charges for models equipped with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission in S trim. Opting for a four-speed automatic gearbox will set you back an additional $1,000, while stepping up to SL trim with the company's Xtronic CVT will cost another $4,010. Of course, that stack of cash buys SL owners more than just the fuel-saving transmission. It also includes all of the equipment formerly stashed in the Premium Package as standard, including a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth hands-free calling and 16-inch aluminum wheels.

Keep in mind that aside from the new standard equipment, the 2012 hatch will soldier on much as it was in 2011. Nissan says that since most of the model's sales were five-doors, it wanted to debut an all-new sedan first.

Even so, the five-door prices mark a steep increase over the base Versa Sedan, which starts at just $10,990 when equipped with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and a five-speed transmission. The hatchback Versa is on sale right now, but shoppers looking to get their hands on the low-buck four-door will have to wait until later this year. Hit the jump for the full press blast.
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NISSAN ANOUNCES U.S. PRICING FOR 2012 VERSA HATCHBACK

Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today announced U.S. pricing for the 2012 Versa Hatchback, which is on sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide. The Versa Hatchback continues in the new model year with its popular first-generation design and is available in 1.8 S and 1.8 SL models, each equipped with a 122-horsepower 1.8-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine. The 2012 Versa Hatchback S is offered with a choice of 6-speed manual or 4-speed automatic, while the Hatchback 1.8 SL is available exclusively with Nissan's advanced Xtronic CVT® transmission.

Refinements for the new model year include the addition of the previous Premium Package content as standard equipment on the SL model and four new packages for the S model – Convenience Package, 15-inch Aluminum-Alloy Wheel Package, Nissan Navigation Package and a "Special Edition" Package that combines the Convenience Package, the Plus Package and 15-inch Alloy Wheel Package at a savings of $900 (versus if ordered separately). In addition, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) is now standard on all models (previously SL only).

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices* (MSRP) for the 2012 Nissan Versa Hatchback models include:
Model/Engine/Transmission

Versa Hatchback 1.8 S 6MT
$14,380 USD
Versa Hatchback 1.8 S 4AT
$15,380 USD
Versa Hatchback 1.8 SL CVT
$18,390 USD

In addition to the Versa Hatchback, Versa is available in an all-new 2012 Versa Sedan – which will be available in early August (please see NissanNews.com for full details).

About the 2012 Nissan Versa Hatchback
The 2012 Versa Hatchback continues its popular first-generation design, featuring one of the highest standard horsepower/torque ratings and one of the largest interiors in the entry-level segment. For 2012, the Versa Hatchback is offered in 1.8 S and 1.8 SL models, each equipped with a 122-horsepower 1.8-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine.

Refinements for the 2012 model year include the addition of the previous Premium Package content (Nissan Intelligent Key®, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System and 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels) as standard equipment on the SL model and four new packages for the S model – Convenience Package, 15-inch Aluminum-Alloy Wheel Package, "Special Edition" Package and Nissan Navigation Package. Also, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and illuminated visor vanity mirrors are now standard on SL models, and Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) is standard on all models (previously SL only).

Once again the front-wheel drive Versa Hatchback continues to provide excellent fuel efficiency without sacrificing performance or roominess. Fuel economy for the 2012 Versa Hatchback is rated at 28 mpg City/34 mpg Highway and 30 mpg Combined for the 1.8 SL with the Continuously Variable Transmission, while the 6-speed manual and 4-speed automatic models offer 26/31/28 mpg and 24/32/27 mpg respectively for City/Highway/Combined ratings.

Versa Hatchback's long list of standard and available equipment includes available Nissan Intelligent Key®, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately) and an in-dash 5-inch touch screen navigation system including USB input for iPod® and other compatible devices