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 |  Mar 24 2011, 1:24 PM

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While the Nissan Sunny has already been previewed at AutoGuide, we just got out first look at the hatchback version of Nissan’s subcompact (known as the Tiida) thanks to a Chinese photographer who spied the car out in the open.

The new hatchback looks like a Lexus CT200h mixed with Nissan’s familiar corporate styling cues, not a bad step up from the current Versa’s dowdy looks. The interior also looks like it will get a big bump in quality. We aren’t sure if this is the “locked-in” styling for North America, nor do we know what kind of powertrains will be offered, but the gallery below should give you a good idea of what to expect. Expect a New York Auto Show debut, and AutoGuide will be on hand with live coverage.

GALLERY: 2012 Nissan Versa Hatchback

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[Source: Autoten.com via The Car Lounge]

 |  Dec 20 2010, 12:17 PM

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Nissan has unveiled the design of its new global compact sedan at the China (Guangzhou) International Automobile Exhibition. Going by the name Sunny in China, it will be badged as the Versa in North America.

Historically, the Sentra and the Sunny were the same vehicle, but that began to change two model year’s ago when Nissan moved production of the U.S.-spec Sentra to the U.S. and the introduction of the Tiida/Versa.

Nissan says the new global vehicle will be sold in a total of 170 countries worldwide.

With styling elements obviously borrowed from the Altima, it’s a big improvement over the current Versa – but that’s not saying much. Up front there’s a MacPherson strut front suspension and torsion beam rear end, in China that car will get a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine mated with an Xtronic CVT. Nissan won’t be participating at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, but we’d look to see more on this new Versa at the New York Auto Show in April.

GALLERY: 2012 Nissan Versa

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