2012 Nissan Versa Hatchback Has One Last Go-Around, To Start at $15,140
Nissan announced today that the 2012 Nissan Versa hatchback will start at $15,140, including the $760 destination charge. The 2012 Versa hatchback retains the first-generation design unlike the sedan that moves onto the all-new V platform.Offered in two trim levels, the Versa hatchback has a standard 1.8-liter I-4 engine that produces 122 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque paired to a standard six-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic in the Versa 1.8 S and a continuously variable automatic transmission in the in the uplevel Versa 1.8 SL. The four-speed auto adds $1000 to the car’s starting price while the Versa 1.8 SL starts at $19,150. New for 2012, the Versa hatchback features stability control standard on all models and the previously optional Premium Package equipment standard on SL models. Equipment in that package includes the Nissan Intelligent Key, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth compatibility, and 16-inch alloy wheels. Less expensive models also have new options packages that include a navigation system, a convenience package, and 15-inch wheels.Sitting on the same platform that has underpinned the Versa since it went on sale in the U.S. for the 2007 model year, the hatchback will likely move from the B platform to the smaller, lighter V in the next year or two. Known for its expansive space for being a small car, the Versa has been one of the best-selling subcompacts in the U.S. since it debuted, currently with a sales total of 45,886 through June 2011. Source: Nissan
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