Description: The redesigned 2012 Nissan Versa is small on the outside, big on the inside. Utilizing a "clean sheet" ground-up design, Nissan approached the redesign of the Versa with maximizing useable volume space and increasing fuel efficiency. The goal was to create a totally new global platform and drivetrain, reducing the size of engine and transmission, reducing the number of component parts and reducing platform weight.
Fuel efficiency gains come from a new dual-injector system and sub-planetary CVT (continuously variable transmission). Further efficiency comes from the 2012 Versa Sedan’s all-new front-wheel drive global “V” platform, designated “V” for Versatile, which utilizes nearly 20 percent fewer platform components and weighs around 150 pounds less than the previous “B” platform.
The new 1.6-liter engine is rated at 109 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm and 107 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm.
Fuel economy for the 2012 Versa Sedan is estimated at 30 mpg in the city, 37 mpg on the highway and 33 mpg overall with the CVT transmission (27/36/30 mpg with the 5-speed manual transmission) (preliminary estimates).
The new Versa Sedan’s interior volume of 90.0 cubic feet and trunk volume of 14.8 cubic feet (104.8 cubic feet total) are configured for real-world use. Versa Sedan has, for example, more rear legroom than some mid-size sedans – even luxury cars such as the Lexus LS460, BMW 5-series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. And the trunk design focuses on useable space, taking into consideration everything from the size of the hinges to the shape of the sidewalls. A 60/40-split fold-down rear seat is offered on SL models for even greater versatility.
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).