by Nissan in the News on April 22, 2011
Subcompacts aren’t always the most comfortable or versatile vehicles due to their tiny dimensions. But the all-new Nissan Versa proves that a small car can offer ample roominess for occupants and cargo.
The 2012 Nissan Versa is small on the outside, big on the inside. Nissan has designed this vehicle to be a “workhorse” or sorts, perfect for daily commuting, errand running on weekends, and transporting friends and family all week long. The Versa sedan’s interior volume of 90.0 cubic feet and trunk volume of 14.8 cubic feet are perfect for real-world use. In fact, the Versa sedan even has more rear legroom than many mid-size sedans, such as the Lexus LS460, BMW 5-series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
While the new Versa offers loads of roominess, Nissan also added an equal amount of comfort and convenience. Available entertainment and connectivity features include Bluetooth, a navigation system with 5-inch touch-screen display, Satellite Radio and an iPod/USB interface.
“We see buyers in this segment as people who are always busy, even while relaxing,” says Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. “With the amount of time they typically spend in their vehicles, we want to make sure they feel good about their purchase long after the new car smell has worn off. So we invested in areas that they see and touch most – like available Fine Vision instrumentation, quality fabrics, bright trim work and comfortable seating for front and rear seat passengers.”
Outside, the Versa boasts an upscale look that belies its subcompact price. In front, Versa Sedan features Nissan’s new signature sedan grille design and jewel-like headlights. Other exterior touches include a fixed roof antenna, body-color front and rear fascias and available chrome-accented grille, blacked-out B-pillar, chrome door handles and front fog lights.
“Design and engineering came together in an extraordinary collaboration to create a level of sophistication that you not only see but also feel,” adds Castignetti. “It helps provide a sense of ‘modern value’ that goes far beyond the mere purchase price, much like you expect from larger, more expensive sedans.”
Under the sleek hood is a 1.6-liter four cylinder engine producing 109 horsepower and 107 pound-feet of torque. The new compact, lighter weight engine utilizes Continuously Variable Timing Control to maximize performance and efficiency. Drivers can also choose between a 5-speed manual transmission or a next-generation Xtronic CVT transmission.
The new Versa will be the first Nissan model in the United States branded with the PUREDRIVE designation. This means that it’s equipped with some of Nissan’s most advanced technologies to promote eco-friendly driving and lower CO2 emissions. Like its predecessor, the new Versa boasts impressive fuel economy — 30 mpg City, 37 mpg Highway and 33 mpg Combined with the CVT transmission (27/36/30 mpg with the 5-speed manual transmission).
The new Versa boasts spaciousness, efficiency, low-emissions, impeccable safety, and loads of convenience and tech features. Despite its robust package, the Versa comes with a modest price of just $10,990.
“This all-new Versa Sedan is a total value proposition,” concludes Castignetti. “The Big Small Car is bringing Innovation Within Reach to an eagerly awaiting audience.”
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