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


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      BipDBo
      • 3 Years Ago
      The prices quoted in this article do not reflect the great deal that this car is. These should go for a lot less than MSRP when they are sitting next to the refreshed sedan and even less when they are trying to clear them out to make room for the refreshed hatch. I bought a new Versa hatchback 1 year ago for only $10,600. With all of the taxes and fees, I was off the lot for $12,600 cash, with no trade-in. The dealer even gives standard, free 2 year service and lifetime warrantee on the engine and transmission. I saved money by not getting options (stick shift, manual windows & locks, steel wheels with covers), but it came with the neccessities like radio/cd, air conditioning, floor mats. It's kindof ugly and not a drag racer, but it's reliable, efficient, very useful and somewhat fun to drive.
      Jim
      • 3 Years Ago
      Have always liked the hatchback. Very roomy and practical in a small footprint. Just seems like a very practical car for today. The thing I didn't like was the lack of upgrades available. Was hoping with the new model, Nissan would offer more as more people are looking at smaller cars. Reading about the sedan, seems that is not the case. More following VW Jetta plan than Ford Focus plan. Believe this is wrong. Americans are downsizing and finally looking at hatches as well. Nissan, I think you are making a mistake.
        lne937s
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jim
        The new Tiida hatch (which replaces the equivalent of the Versa hatch) being released in China after the Sunny (the new Versa sedan) is quite a different proposition, built on a different platform. It is being compared favorably to the Hideo XT (Buick Verano hatch in China) and Golf, while still having a lower price. Offering things like a 190 horsepower turbo engine, larger wheelbase, alloys, leather, etc. http://roll.sohu.com/20110717/n313663378.shtml As other carmakers have abandoned the price point it is being sold at, I think using the sedan to go after basic transportation needs makes sense. For the Hatch, Nissan seems to be going after a different market segment.
      marcosc
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Versa's interior is incredibly big and comfortable. Not bad for an eco-box./second car..
      NissmoZ
      • 3 Years Ago
      2012 1/2? Versa Hatchback http://www.autoblog.com/2011/04/19/2012-nissan-versa-gets-early-reveal-as-tiida-in-shanghai/
      • 3 Years Ago
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      lf
      • 3 Years Ago
      How is debuting a new sedan make any sense? They have the Sentra. Drop the hideous Versa sedan. Why does every car DESIGNED as a hatchback need to have a sedan version when clearly the hatch is selling very very well? It's putting more money in the wrong car imo.
      bchreng
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm getting old and am not as 'with it' as I used to be, but why would anyone want to buy a crappy Scion/Toyota iQ over this? The Versa costs less, is roomier inside while still retaining a relatively small exterior and likely gets better mileage.
      QAZZY
      • 3 Years Ago
      The issue I see with the new model is the mileage. Considering how it's competitors have 40mpg highway (Civic has 39), and have revised good looks (Versa looks fine), Nissan is behind in the economy car game again. Let's hope the Altima is a hit.
        carboy55
        • 3 Years Ago
        @QAZZY
        But if you do the math and drive fewer than, say 20,000 miles a year the difference in fuel costs is sofa change. With the added room and utility of this car over competitors, you also have that wild card of being able to haul more people and stuff vs. looking for another vehicle to do the job if you bought the Honda, Toyota or Hyundai. And the Versa will cruise at 80+ all day long.
        lne937s
        • 3 Years Ago
        @QAZZY
        I think you should forget about the headline highway numbers, as a number of studies have shown that city is more important to typical driving behavior, thus making up a larger portion of combined number. http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/byMPG.htm The 2012 Versa makes 33 mpg EPA combined. 2012 Fiat 500 manual, Civic HF, Cruze Eco, Focus SFE Fiesta SFE: 33mpg combined- all but one of those are special models that are likely to be a fraction of vehicle sales The 2012 Accent and 2011 Golf TDI make 34 combined- just slightly ahead So as the regular model, the Versa is only beaten by the Accent in the most representitive fuel economy number. They are actually ahead of the game in the real world.
        • 3 Years Ago
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        Synthono
        • 3 Years Ago
        No it isn't. If they are only rolling out one model at a time, it makes sense to keep the model which can sustain its sales during the change over rather than the one that sells in smaller numbers. Nissan believes the hatch will be easier to shift units of during the switch than the sedan, which is probably right. That said, it's likely more logistics, as the Versa Sedan and Hatch are reportedly diverging in their development.
      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      Considering how hideous the sedan turned out, let's hope it continues to sell in limited numbers.
      TangoR34
      • 3 Years Ago
      As long as it does not look like a Renault Clio again, I'll dig.
      GO MUSTANG
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was suppose to be getting one of these on a recent trip to thrifty, but instead they gave me a dodge caliber. I was very dissappointed with the Caliber to say the least...
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