The best-selling subcompact sedan in the U.S. is getting a makeover and what better place to unveil a makeover than New York’s Manhattan Island? With only days before the Jacob K. Javits Center welcomes the automotive media and enthusiasts from around the globe for the 2014 New York International Auto Show, opening April 16 and 17, with media days and continuing through April 28 for everyone. With an economical manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) and class-leading fuel economy, the 2104 Nissan Versa is ranked among the best-selling subcompact sedans in North America (four years in a row). It will see a complete redesign, inside and out, which will focus on keeping the sedan’s look and feel fresh and its value equation high in hopes of attracting many first-time new car buyers to the Nissan brand.
Making its worldwide debut next Wednesday, the same day that it will be released to Nissan Dealers nationwide, the Versa will wow consumers with updated front end styling that belies the “Nissan Family” appearance with a chrome plated grille offered as standard equipment, larger headlights, and a more substantial looking fascia. The new appearance of this popular sedan should tie it more closely together with its Nissan counterparts, the Sentra and Altima sedans. Other exterior upgrades will include a fog light finish design option, new side view mirror designs for the SV and SL trim levels, more dynamic rear fascia treatment, and an exclusively designed 15-inch V-Spoke aluminum alloy wheel for the SV trim level.
The Versa will continue to provide consumers with a spacious interior, with more legroom than many mid-size sedans, extraordinary cargo space in the trunk area. An updated center stack similar to that found in the sporty Versa Note has found its way into the sedan, as well as a revised instrument panel display with a white LED display. The steering wheel is more substantial than last year’s and fitted with audio and Bluetooth Hand-free phone system controls as standard equipment. Softer and more passenger friendly materials that provide a higher quality look and feel have been used extensively throughout the sedan. Versa S and S Plus trim levels offer an AM/FM/CD player with Radio Data System (RDS), grab handles, and a passenger side vanity mirror as standard equipment. The Nissan SL Technology Package includes NissanConnect with GPS Navigation, Mobile Apps System, a 5.8-inch LCD touchscreen display, voice recognition for audio, navigation, and connectivity controls, and Sirius XM radio programs.
The 2015 Nissan Versa Sedan will continue to use the global lightweight “V” platform and 1.6-liter HR16DE engine. The four-cylinder produces 109-horsepower at 6000 RPMs and 107 lb.-ft. of torque at 4400 RPMs. Three transmission options are available; the S trim level comes with your choice of either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic and the remaining trim levels use the Xtronic transmission with D-Mode step shift programming. Fuel economy for this ultra-popular sedan is expected to rock, with an EPA rating of 31 mpg city and 40 mpg highway with the Xtronic or 27 mpg city and 35 mpg highway when equipped with the manual and four-speed automatic transmissions. The MSRP for the 2015 Nissan Versa Sedan is a class-leading $11,090.