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2012 Nissan Versa Press Kit: At a Glance

The all-new, second-generation 2012 Nissan Versa Sedan is designed to redefine compact car value – giving buyers everything they want and need in one stylish package. With a sophisticated exterior design, well-appointed interior and exceptional room for five adults – including more rear legroom than many mid-size sedans – the new Versa would be an exceptional value if the enhancements stopped there. Yet there is much more to the “ground up” transformation than that, including the utilization of smart technology to create a next generation eco-drivetrain delivering responsive performance, high MPG and lower CO2 emissions*.

The all-new front-wheel drive global “V” platform, designated “V” for Versatile, utilizes nearly 20 percent fewer platform components and weighs around 150 pounds less than the previous “B” platform. The second-generation 1.6-liter HR16DE 4-cylinder engine includes a range of cutting-edge technologies, making it one of the most advanced powerplants in its class. For example, while traditional gasoline engines use only one injector per cylinder to inject fuel, the new Versa Sedan engine is equipped with two streamlined injectors mounted near the inlet valve for each cylinder. This dual injector system allows a wider injection of fuel, with the smaller nozzles delivering a finer spray (approximately 57 percent finer than the previous generation single injector design’s particle size) to help achieve more complete combustion.

The new compact, lighter weight engine also utilizes a twin Continuously Variable Timing Control (CVTC) system mounted on both intake and exhaust ports (conventionally mounted only on the intake port), similar to the system used on the flagship Nissan Maxima. The engine is rated at 109 horsepower and 107 lb-ft of torque.

The 2012 Versa Sedan is available with a 5-speed manual transmission (1.6 S model only) and with a next-generation Xtronic CVT™ transmission. The CVT allows continuous change of the transmission gear ratio by connecting the two pulleys with a metallic belt and changing their diameter by using hydraulic pressure. This new CVT design adds an auxiliary gearbox using planetary gearing, helping enhance efficiency. It also features a transmission ratio of 7.3:1, which is broader than those of conventional CVTs and even typical 7-speed automatic transmissions.

The result is fuel economy for the 2012 Versa Sedan estimated at 30 mpg City, 37 mpg Highway and 33 mpg Combined with the CVT transmission (27/36/30 mpg with the 5-speed manual transmission).

The Versa Sedan’s new exterior design is also a departure from most current compact sedans, offering a fresh, refreshing design character that is both sophisticated and highly aerodynamic.

Inside, the sophisticated styling theme continues with an open, airy, high-quality look and feel – including available upgraded cloth, 60/40-split fold-down rear seat and Fine Vision instrumentation. The new Versa Sedan’s long list of standard and available equipment includes available Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately) and an in-dash 5-inch touch screen navigation system with XM NavTraffic® (XM® subscription required, sold separately) and USB input for iPod® and other compatible devices.

The Versa Sedan is available in three models – 1.6 S, 1.6 SV and 1.6 SL. It is scheduled to go on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide in summer 2011.

Highlights of the 2012 Nissan Versa Sedan include:

  • Sleek, aerodynamic body with long wheelbase (102.4 inches), short front and rear overhangs
  • Upscale design with strong sense of volume, shoulder and dimension
  • O.31 coefficient of drag
  • Body color front and rear fascias
  • Next-generation Nissan sedan signature grille with available chrome accents
  • Large multi-reflector halogen headlights, available fog lights
  • Available body color dual remote-controlled outside mirrors, blacked-out B-pillar, chromed door handles
  • Fixed roof antenna (short rod type)
  • Eight exterior colors: Metallic Blue, Blue Onyx, Titanium, Super Black, Brilliant Silver, Magnetic Gray, Red Brick and Fresh Powder
  • PUREDRIVE™ designation and badge
Engine and Driveline
  • Front engine/front-wheel drive
  • All-new Nissan global “V” platform – 150 pounds lighter than previous “B” platform
  • 109-horsepower 16-valve 1.6-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine, producing 107 lb-ft of torque
  • Advanced engine design with emphasis on enhanced fuel economy and emissions; includes dual injector system that burns cleaner and uses less fuel than a conventional injector design; plus Twin CVTC (Continuously Variable Timing Control) on both intake and exhaust cycles – similar to the design used on Maxima
  • Standard 5-speed manual transmission (Sedan 1.6 S model only)
  • Available next-generation compact Nissan Xtronic CVT™ (Continuously Variable Transmission) with sub-planetary gear (available with all models), plus reduced friction (-30%), weight (-13%) and size (-10%) than previous CVT design
  • New CVT utilizes highest transmission ratio (even broader than a 7-speed automatic)
  • Estimated 30 mpg City, 37 mpg Highway, 33 mpg Combined (CVT)
Suspension, Steering and Braking
  • Independent strut front suspension with stabilizer bar
  • Torsion beam rear axle with integrated stabilizer bar
  • Electric power steering
  • Standard 15-inch steel wheels with full wheel covers, P185/65R15 all-season tires
  • Available 15-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, P185/65R15 all-season tires (1.6 SL model)
  • Standard power-assisted front disc/rear drum brakes with standard Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA)
Interior Features
  • Roomy, high quality interior with high-quality look and feel
  • Large interior volume – 90.0 cubic feet
  • Ample trunk volume – 14.8 cubic feet
  • 5-passenger seating with comfortable rear seat with ample rear legroom and knee room
  • Adjustable front bucket seats with available driver’s seat lifter
  • Fixed rear seatback with outboard adjustable head restraints; standard 60/40-split fold-down rear seat on 1.6 SL model
  • Cloth seat trim; available upgraded cloth (1.6 SV, 1.6 SL)
  • Front door map pockets with bottle holder
  • Dual front and rear cupholders
  • 12-volt power outlet
  • Available key-linked illuminated entry system (1.6 SL)
  • Fine Vision instrumentation (1.6 SV, 1.6 SL)
  • Available front and rear power windows with driver’s one-touch down (1.6 SV, 1.6 SL)
  • Available speed-sensing auto door locks, cruise control, map lamp; remote trunk release (1.6 SV, 1.6 SL)
  • AM/FM/CD audio system with 2 speakers (1.6 S)
  • AM/FM/CD audio system with 4 speakers (1.6 SV, 1.6 SL)
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio controls (1.6 SL)
  • Available Nissan Navigation System with XM NavTraffic® (XM® subscription required, sold separately) and 5-inch color touch-screen display (1.6 SL)
  • Available Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System (1.6 SV, 1.6 SL)
  • XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately) (1.6 SL)
  • Available integrated interface system for USB/iPod® (1.6 SV, 1.6 SL)
  • Two available interior colors: Sandstone and Charcoal (1.6 S - Charcoal only)
Safety and Security
  • Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones
  • Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) (includes dual-stage front supplemental air bags and front seat side-impact supplemental air bags for chest protection)
  • Standard seat-mounted driver and front passenger side-impact supplemental air bags
  • Standard roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system
  • Child safety rear door locks
  • Standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Models and Manufacturing
  • Offered in three well-equipped models: Versa Sedan 1.6 S, 1.6 SV and 1.6 SL
  • Assembled by Nissan Mexicana SA de CV (NMEX-DF), Aguascalientes, Mexico
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*Lower emissions compared to the MY ’11 Versa and estimates for PUREDRIVE technology.

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