Nissan Versa Hatchback

While the Nissan Versa Sedan enters the 2012 model year with an exciting, all-new design (please see for full details), the Versa Hatchback continues with its popular first-generation design, featuring one of the highest standard horsepower/torque ratings and one of the largest interiors in the entry-level segment.

For 2012, the Versa Hatchback is offered in 1.8 S and 1.8 SL models, each equipped with a 122-horsepower 1.8-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine. The Versa Hatchback S is available with a choice of 6-speed manual or 4-speed automatic, while the Hatchback 1.8 SL is offered exclusively with Nissan’s advanced Xtronic CVT® transmission.

Refinements for the 2012 model year include the addition of the previous Premium Package content (Nissan Intelligent Key®, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels) as standard equipment on the SL model and four new packages for the S model – Convenience Package, 15-inch Aluminum-Alloy Wheels, “Special Edition” Package and Nissan Navigation Package. Also, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, aluminum appearance kickplates and illuminated visor vanity mirrors are now standard on SL models, and Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) is standard on all models (previously SL only).

“The Versa Hatchback again provides a great combination of roominess, style, performance, value and safety – all in a high quality, low cost of ownership package,” said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. “With its range of available features such as Nissan Navigation System, Nissan Intelligent Key® and Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, Versa is not your typical entry-level vehicle. It’s a great choice for buyers looking for big enjoyment in a compact hatchback.”

The 2012 Nissan Versa Hatchback’s crisp, youthful body form and long roofline suggest both the roominess inside and Versa’s performance capabilities. Its long 102.4-inch wheelbase and short front and rear overhangs create a sporty dynamic look. The Versa Hatchback exterior also features body-color front and rear bumpers and body-color dual remote-controlled outside mirrors. Versa Hatchback has a coefficient of drag of 0.31. Versa Hatchback 1.8 SL models add a higher level of performance styling with a roof-mounted rear spoiler, lower body side sill extensions, unique front and rear fascia and standard fog lights.

Fuel economy for the 2012 Versa Hatchback is rated at 28 mpg City/34 mpg Highway with the Continuously Variable Transmission; 24 mpg City/32 mpg highway with the 4-speed automatic transmission; and 26 mpg City/31 mpg Highway with the 6-speed manual transmission.

Along with a spacious cabin, Versa offers a clean, simple, high-quality interior design and excellent craftsmanship. Comfort is a priority for all passengers. The wide, laterally oriented instrument panel underscores Versa’s width, while the low center console flows freely toward the rear, giving a sense of the interior’s length. Versa gauges feature an attractive “dimensional” appearance and white illumination. Interior illumination is a welcoming reddish orange color. The interior design also integrates convenient storage solutions, including in the center console, glove compartment, front doors and an in-dash storage compartment.

Source: Nissan press

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