2014 Nissan Versa Hatchback to Bow at Detroit Auto Show

2014 Nissan Versa Hatchback to Bow at Detroit Auto Show

When Nissan unveiled its next-generation Versa sedan in 2012, oddly, the hatchback version carried on unchanged. That, however, will all change next week at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.

While the sedan model was billed as an obvious budget offering, the hatchback is heading in the direction of other small cars, offering a sportier and more up-scale ride. Previewed in the Inviation concept (above) at the Geneva Auto Show last March, the car has since launched in Japan as the Note.

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Along with the more engaging styling, look for an improved interior over the budget equipment in the Versa sedan, while under the hood Nissan may have a big (or should we say small?) surprise.

While the same 1.6-liter 4-cylinder is expected to be offered, making 109 hp and achieving 40 mpg on the highway, a more efficient 3-cylinder engine may also be offered. In Japan the Note is available with a 1.2-liter supercharged 3-cylinder making 97 hp and achieving as much as 59 mpg on the Japanese test cycle.

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Past rumors have indicated Nissan would offer the 3-cylinder engine in North America, and increasingly 3-cylinders are returning to our shores. With the first such arrival being the 2014 Ford Fiesta, look for the next-generation MINI models to use just 3-cylinders as well.

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[Source: Automotive News]

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