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Next-Generation Efficiency and an All-New V Platform
Versa Sedan's all-new front-wheel drive global "V" platform, designated "V" for
Versatile, utilizes nearly 20 percent fewer platform components and weighs
around 150 pounds less than the previous "B" platform. While retaining the same
102.4-inch wheelbase and 66.7-inch width as the previous generation Versa Sedan,
the new model is 1.2 inches lower in height (59.6 inches) and 0.6 inches shorter
in overall length (175.4 inches). The biggest dimensional gain, however, is in
the visible gain in trunk length - provided by a more compact
engine/transmission design that allows for a 2.7-inch increase in rear overhang
(the distance from the center of the rear tire to the rear bumper).
new 1.6-liter engine is rated at 109 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 107 lb-ft of
torque at 4,400 rpm.
The Versa Sedan is available with a 5-speed manual
transmission (1.6 S model only) and with a next-generation Xtronic CVT
transmission. The CVT allows continuous change of the transmission gear ratio by
connecting the two pulleys with a metallic belt and changing their diameter by
using hydraulic pressure. The new CVT design adds an auxiliary gearbox using
planetary gearing, helping improve efficiency.
Versa also offers low
rolling resistance 185/65 R15 all-season tires with available 15-inch
Fuel economy for the 2012 Versa Sedan is estimated
at 30 mpg City, 37 mpg Highway and 33 mpg Combined with the CVT transmission
(27/36/30 mpg with the 5-speed manual transmission) (preliminary estimates).
All 2012 Versa Sedans are equipped with an independent
MacPherson strut front suspension and torsion beam rear suspension, with front
and rear stabilizer bars. Other standard equipment includes Electric Power
Steering and power-assisted front disc/rear drum brakes. An Anti-lock Braking
System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
(BA) is also standard on all Versa Sedan models.
In addition, the new
Versa will be the first Nissan model in the United States branded with the
PUREDRIVE designation. PUREDRIVE will be used on models utilizing Nissan's most
advanced technologies to promote eco-friendly driving and lower CO2 emissions.
Summer 2011 On-Sale Date
The all-new 2012 Nissan Versa Sedan
will be available in three well-equipped models when it goes on sale at Nissan
dealers nationwide in summer 2011 - Versa Sedan 1.6 S (offered in 5MT and CVT
versions), Versa Sedan 1.6 SV (CVT only) and Versa Sedan 1.6 SL (CVT only).
Along with the 1.6 S model's many standard features, the 1.6 SV adds cruise
control, Fine Vision instrumentation, chrome grille accents, body-color dual
power remote-controlled sideview mirrors, upgraded cloth seats, power windows
Versa Sedan 1.6 SL models add 15-inch aluminum-alloy wheels,
fog lights, variable intermittent wipers, chromed inside door handles,
60/40-split fold-down rear seat, Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, steering
wheel audio controls, USB/iPod connectivity, upgraded audio system, door-linked
map lights and more.
Just three options packages are offered: the Cruise
Control Package (1.6 S CVT only); the SV Convenience Package (1.6 SV only) with
Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, steering wheel-mounted audio controls,
upgraded audio, iPod control, map lights and front passenger vanity mirror. The
SL Tech Package (1.6 SL only) adds the Nissan Navigation System with XM
NavTraffic (XM subscription required, sold separately) and 5-inch color
touch-screen display and XM Satellite Radio (XM subscription required, sold
The 2012 Versa Sedan will be manufactured at Nissan's
Aguascalientes, Mexico assembly plant that also builds Nissan Sentra models for
the United States market.
Nissan Versa: Photo Gallery, Review (1/2) and Specifications