After seven years in production, Nissan puts the second generation Versa out to pasture.
Nissan has overhauled the Versa sedan. And not a moment too soon – the outgoing model has been in production since 2012. That’s quite a long time in the car world, and the cheap-as-you-like Versa was really starting to show its age. Sure, it may be one of the least expensive cars in its class — it starts at $13,245 — but that comes with a steep price to pay against its tech-savvy competition.
Now, the 2020 Nissan Versa aims to redress that balance with a fresh look and more tech. Externally, it will look familiar to those of you following Nissan’s recent redesigns. At the front, there’s more than a little of the Nissan Leaf. The rear end looks similar to the new Altima, and this Versa uses the same floating roof design. Compared to the old model, it’s a breath of fresh air. It takes on a more aggressive look, eschewing the rounded ends of the old model. And while Nissan decided to drop the slow-selling Versa Note hatchback, this shows the Versa will stick around for awhile longer.
Even on the entry-level side of the market, you need technology to keep up with the competition. Nissan Safety Shield 360 is now available in Nissan’s smallest car, including a wide range of safety and driver assistance features. Standard equipment includes Automatic Emergency Braking, Rear Automatic Braking, Lane Departure Warning and High Beam Assist. Optionally, you can also spec Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and adaptive cruise control.
Unlike the old, spartan model, the 2020 Nissan Versa comes with standard remote keyless entry, push button start and power windows. The infotainment system also offers available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while heated front seats and automatic climate control are also options.
What’s under the hood?
The old Versa was nowhere close to a rocket ship. Its 1.6-liter engine managed just 109 horsepower and 107 lb-ft of torque. Fortunately, the 2020 Nissan Versa gets an updated 1.6-liter unit. Now, you get 122 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque. Not a massive increase, mind, but enough to make a little bit of difference. As before, that engine comes mated to either a Continuously Variable Transmission or a 5-speed manual.
Nissan has not revealed pricing for the 2020 Nissan Versa yet. However, it will go on sale in summer 2019. Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for more updates!