Nissan's current Versa Sedan debuted at the 2011 New York Auto Show, so it's only fitting that the humble four-door's midcycle facelift will debut under the kliegs in the Gotham, too. While the automaker's next-generation Murano crossover will take center stage on its display stand, Autoblog has learned that an updated version of the second-generation Nissan subcompact will also open its doors at the Javits Center later this month.

Our sources indicate it will feature revised front-end styling that will bring it more in line with the company's Altima family sedan. The Versa Sedan's interior – cavernous for its class – will get higher-quality fittings, including a revised center stack, steering wheel, gauges and some new plastics. Some of these items have already been seen on another Versa, we've been told – the Versa Note SR hatchback (seen below), which debuted at the Chicago Auto Show in February.

We're not expecting much in the way of mechanical changes, which means we're likely to see the return of the 1.6-liter four-cylinder (rated at 109 horsepower and 107 pound-feet of torque in 2014 spec). That sole powerplant is presently offered with the buyer's choice of a five-speed manual, four-speed automatic or Xtronic continuously variable transmission.

The Versa Sedan has carried a lot of water for the Nissan brand to this point, becoming America's best-selling subcompact as well as its least expensive, starting at $11,990 (*plus $790 destination). But despite the addition of the five-door Versa Note hatchback for the 2014 model year, sales have been slipping – Nissan sold 34,603 Versa models through March, a decrease of 11.9 percent versus this time last year. An updated look and new trimmings could be just the thing to boost sales anew.


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      tenspeeder
      • 8 Months Ago
      Too bad they cannot adress the hideous rear door window shape and taillights.
      Karfreek
      • 8 Months Ago
      The Compact car with the Mid-Sized A$$.
      Tom Janowski
      • 8 Months Ago
      Usually the small and/or cheap cars are designed for the younger end of the car market and style is important. I am wonder who Nissan designed this Versa for...the elderly and/or blind?
      S40Powered
      • 8 Months Ago
      Hideous design.
        Mudotaku
        • 8 Months Ago
        @S40Powered
        Could be worse, just google any car made by Ssangyong
      Bernard
      • 8 Months Ago
      Wow, what an ugly car. :-( They should definitely make it look more like the Note.
      zoom_zoom_zoom
      • 8 Months Ago
      And all the buyers for Hertz rental car lots - rejoiced.
        chanonissan
        • 8 Months Ago
        @zoom_zoom_zoom
        Versa have out sold ever B segment car per month for the longest while, every one know that rental companies does not buy cars every month so who is buying them Mr zoom zoom zoom?
      carguy1701
      • 8 Months Ago
      Is it still going to be a total shitbox or will it actually become a semi-respectable car?
      Skylar Ross Toups
      • 8 Months Ago
      I think the only good things I've heard about this car are its space, and seating height compared to other compacts in the class, they really need more than a refresh to make this competitive on the market.
      David
      • 8 Months Ago
      They should just cancel the sedan altogether. Just keep the hot-selling Note.
      jupiterzone
      • 8 Months Ago
      A power sunroof option, maybe? A high powered audio system with sub woofer option too? All this available perhaps in the top of the line model Versa sedan? Wake up, Nissan!
      Wisdom Seeker
      • 8 Months Ago
      The hatch design makes a lot more sense in this size car. Looks better too.
        Sergio Alvarado
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Wisdom Seeker
        It certainly did in the last generation Versa! Remember the sedan?? It looked like the hatch was just lopped off and replaced with a trunk!
      jebibudala
      • 8 Months Ago
      I think everyone can agree this is the best news they've heard this year.
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