What is it? Following the Versa sedan redesign from 2012, Nissan is unveiling the new Versa Note hatchback for the 2014 model year.
The hatch shows off new styling and claims best-in-class cargo space and fuel economy, which is rated at 40 mpg highway, 31 mpg city and 35 mpg combined. The Note will be powered by a 1.6-liter, 4-cylinder engine with dual fuel injection and CVT.
Features include an adjustable cargo floor height, heated cloth front seats, navigation system, and rearview camera.
Pricing is set to start at $13,990.
CR’s take: The redesigned Versa sedan, while fuel efficient, was disappointing in our tests with lots of engine noise, a cheap interior, and poor reliability. However, after an initial look at the car, the interior quality has improved and the backseat is very roomy.
The previous hatchback model was one of our top performing cars in that category, even with only 28 mpg overall. The promise of better fuel economy may add appeal, we hope Nissan focused more on their successful hatch formula, than the new sedan, with this redesign.
When will it be available? June 2013.