The next Nissan Versa is coming soon, and it's looking a lot like the handsome new Altima sedan in these spy photos. We're probably looking at the 2020 model-year Versa in these shots.
Under the intense, patterned wrappings, it's relatively easy to see some shapes and lines forming on the front of the car. The "V-Motion" aesthetic is visible, along with what looks like skinnier headlights that stretch back further into the fender than before. There are some blocked-off coverings on the front bumper to hide any sculpting or sharp angles Nissan wants to keep under wraps for the time being, too. Just from this largely disguised car, it's clear Nissan is adding a bit of needed pizazz to the styling of the Versa.
Some black tape and cladding is added to the rear, but our guess as to the design language back there is still covered up. If Nissan keeps the Altima theme consistent front to back, the Versa might be featuring a floating roof design. This wouldn't be our first choice to make the Versa more interesting, but it'll probably bring it further upscale than the dreary car it is now. It's difficult to tell much of anything from the taillights because they're covered so well. We'd expect them to be wider and thinner, just like the headlights up front.
Engine options for the Versa will likely include a small naturally aspirated four-cylinder. Perhaps Nissan could turn the wick with something a little more sprightly in the form of forced induction, but that's just speculation. A new Versa is badly needed at this point, and this could bring the car back into the subcompact game. We'll most likely find out later this year what Nissan is bringing to the table.