Madison
60° F
Overcast
Overcast
Advertisement

Nissan shrinks Versa hatchback

By Frederick Olson, Automotive Contributor
Published On: Jan 15 2013 11:00:04 AM CST
Updated On: Jan 16 2013 09:23:45 AM CST

Image: Nissan

DETROIT -

While most car redesigns adopt the philosophy of “bigger is better,” Nissan is actually making its new Versa hatchback a little smaller and less expensive.

Dubbed the Versa Note, the new hatchback still has five doors and seats five and was introduced Tuesday at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Most dimensions are about the same as the out-going 2012 hatchback, but it’s a little shorter and it will share the 109-horsepower engine of the Versa Sedan, which is down from the 122-horsepower engine in the previous hatchback.

The price is also reduced by about $700.  Starting price for the Versa Note will come in at $13,990 when it goes on sale this summer.

At that price, you still get the practicality of a hatchback, a standard 60/40-split fold-down rear seat, and an extra hidden cubbyhole under the rear cargo area.

"Along with exceptional spaciousness, Versa Note offers the ingenuity to address the needs of owners who need one vehicle to perform the tasks of many – people hauler, cargo hauler, commuter transportation and weekend playmate,” said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager of the Nissan Division.

Three trim levels of the Versa Note will be offered: S, S Plus and SV.  At the higher grades, options like steering wheel-mounted audio controls and 360-degree camera monitoring system become available.

"No matter what the vehicle size, people hate parking – whether parallel parking in a tight space or pulling in or out of a space with large vehicles on either side. We're making technology such as the Around View Monitor … affordable because innovation and piece-of-mind should not be the exclusive territory of higher priced vehicles," Castignetti said.

Advertisement
  • Marysville Pilchuck school shooting 4

    KOMO

    2 dead in school shooting near Seattle, sources say

    A school shooting has been reported at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington, about 35 miles north of Seattle.

  • Craig Spencer

    America's Ebola patients

    An American doctor who was working with Ebola patients in Guinea was been diagnosed with the disease after returning to New York. Learn more about him and America's other Ebola victims.

  • Hot peppers

    Karimala/iStock

    Notable food recalls

    A North Carolina producer of peppers and hot sauces is voluntarily recalling 6,215 pounds of fresh serrano chili peppers because some tested positive for salmonella. Here are other notable food recalls that made headlines.

  • jack-o-lantern Halloween pumpkin

    Juliet James/SXC

    Halloween

    Games, recipes, trick-or-treating, scary movies and everything else you need to make your Halloween extra spooky.

  • Politician, politics, debate, election

    iStock / bns124

    Election Coverage

    Get up-to-date on political stories, Reality Check the latest political ads, learn about the candidates and find election results in our special section.

  • Ebola virus pink

    CDC

    Ebola special coverage

    Get the latest news on the Ebola outbreak and resources to help you learn more about the deadly virus.

Advertisement