Wednesday, May 11, 2011

2012 Nissan Versa Sedan Review

Small outside, big inside. Smart technology with an efficiency of next generation. A $ 10,990 starting MSRP and low cost of ownership. New Dual injector systems design and sub-planetary CVT. Estimated combined city / highway fuel economy of 33 miles per gallon. New World "V" (for Versatile) platform. Sophisticated design, high quality interior.

There are several forms of tourism the new Nissan Versa Sedan innova-2012 entry-level compact. And many ways to sum it all up. Perhaps a simple statement is best: innovation in hand.

"The compact cars are a lot of attention recently due to rising fuel costs and environmental concerns, but many buyers are disappointed by what they are experiencing vehicles -. a compromise," says Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager of Nissan Division Nissan North America, Inc. "The new Versa sedan, the design of the soil in place a" blank sheet, leading to small cars in a completely new direction - evidence that you do not have to sacrifice style for affordability , the habitability of a smaller size, or handling high mpg. "

When small you need, when you want Big

Knowing that the entry-level cars are used as "workhorse" - for travel on weekdays, weekends running career in transportation and the family and friends all week - the designers of the new Nissan Versa sedan tried to combine the practicality five passengers with a high degree of comfort and refinement. It also provides an unexpected level of available entertainment and connectivity features like Bluetooth ® navigation system with 5-inch touch screen, satellite radio and iPod ® / USB.

"We see buyers in this segment that people who are always busy, even while you relax," said Castignetti. "With the amount of time they spend in their vehicles in general, we want to ensure they feel good about their purchases long after the new car smell has worn So we invested in areas where they see and touch most -. Fine Vision as available instrumentation, and quality fabrics, bright finishing and comfortable seating for passengers front and rear. "

The new Nissan Versa sedan volume of 90.0 cubic feet and trunk segments volume of 14.8 cubic feet (104.8 cubic feet in total) are designed to not only look good on a spec sheet - and passenger space loading has been configured for the real world uses. Nissan Versa Sedan for example, the rear legs more than some midsize sedans - trumping even luxury cars like the Lexus LS460, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class And design of the trunk focuses on the usable space, taking into account everything from the size of the hinges to form the sides. A 60-40 folding seat available on SL models for greater versatility.

Other available features include indoor board computer, power windows with driver one-touch down, speed sensing auto door locks, remote trunk release lever and steering wheel audio. Two interior colors are available, sandstone and charcoal.

The Nissan Versa sedan new exterior design is also a starting point for most of today's compact sedans, with a sweet design, the refreshing character that is both sophisticated and very aerodynamic.

"The new Versa sedan stands out as the only car in its segment of expensive research - with plenty of power for the eyes," said Castignetti. "Its sculpted, the proportions are modern without being dynamic gadget, projecting a much larger the design value that you would expect in a vehicle with a starting MSRP of $ 10,990 "

To create a new Nissan Versa sedan is luxury look, the designers have the external shape of the number of strong, broad shoulders and the width of the flat silhouette. Front, Nissan Versa Sedan features a new grille design and the sedan in February as the headlights.

The front-end blends smoothly into the cabin, which provides the power curves, but the design elements, such as the trunklid contribute to shaping the new Nissan Versa sedan stylish design, including a low coefficient of drag of just 0, 31.

In addition, to help ensure superior functionality, new ideas were discussed at the initial stage between design and engineering team. For example, the withdrawal line in the center of the roof of the Nissan Versa Sedan exploration is not only a design feature, but a functional innovation that reduces the amplitude of vibration of the roof panels to create an interior cabin quiet, without the use of reinforcing devices called mass stickers. "

"The design and engineering met in an extraordinary collaboration to create a level of sophistication that not only looks but feels well," said Castignetti. "It helps give a sense of" modern values ​​"that goes beyond price easy to buy, as more is expected, more expensive sedan."

Other exterior features include a fixed roof antenna, Body color front and rear fascia and grille available chrome-accented, black-out B-pillars, chrome door handles and fog lamps.

2012 Versa Sedan is available in eight exterior colors, including metallic blue, Onyx, Super Black, Brilliant Silver, Magnetic Gray, brick red, snow and titanium - that previously was reserved for the Nissan GT-R models including Nissan.

Next Generation Performance and a whole new platform V

A major challenge for the design of a compact sedan, of course, if you put everything - people, goods, engines, transmissions and other mechanical parts. Often the solution is to collect part of an inch here, a fraction of there and I hope that will add a provision helpful. The new Nissan Versa sedan, the approach was a bit 'radical - to create a whole new global platform and transmission, reducing the size of the engine and transmission and to reduce the frame to reduce weight.

"It is rare to develop an entirely new platform for a vehicle that in its second generation, but when it is driven by a culture of innovation, such investments are easy to do," said Castignetti.

In 2012 Versa sedan front wheel drive all-new global V platform, designated "V" for versatility, using components platform nearly 20 percent less and weighs about 150 pounds less than the previous "B" platform. While retaining the same wheelbase, 102.4 inches and width of 66.7 inches the previous generation Nissan Versa sedan, the new model is 1.2 inches lower in height (59.6 inches) and 0.6 inches shorter length (175, 4 inches). The biggest gain in size is visible gains in the length of the body - provided by a more compact engine design / gearbox which allows an increase of 2.7-inch rear overhang (the distance from the center of the wheel rear bumper rear).

"The new Versa sedan shows that when it comes to aerodynamic efficiency and packaging, are not all created equal small sedans," said Castignetti. "The same can be said about the engine, which beautifully balance of environmental performance, flexible and reactive power, quiet operation. "

The second generation engine 1.6-liter 4-cylinder HR16DE includes a number of technologies, making it one of the most advanced plants in the classroom. For example, while the average engine uses a single injector per cylinder, fuel injection, the new Nissan Versa Sedan engine is equipped with two aerodynamic nozzles mounted near the intake valve of each cylinder. This double injection system provides greater fuel injection, with small spray nozzles finest delivery of one (about 57 percent thinner than the particle size of the design of previous generation single injector) to support stable combustion .

The new covenant, a lighter engine also uses a double continuous variable valve timing control (CVTC) system mounted on the intake and exhaust (CVTC over conventional systems that are mounted only at the entrance), similar to the system used in the flagship Nissan Maxima. The use of CVTC in the output increases the thermal efficiency, reduce resistance to breathing and offers about four percent improvement in energy efficiency.

Other improvements include the addition of a splash lubrication of the piston, of the shape of the piston and the expansion of the exhaust manifold diameter.

"To complement the new dual-nozzle system for the vehicle entry level is very suitable for Nissan, the company philosophy of" Innovation for All "- will bring the latest technology, a large number of segments, instead of saving them only for high-end machines, "said Castignetti" The new dual-injector system consumes about half the amount of rare metals. engines, reducing the unburned fuel, and hydrocarbon emissions. "

The new 1.6-liter engine is rated at 109 horsepower @ 6000 rpm and 107 lb.-ft. of torque at 4400 rpm.

Nissan Versa sedan is available with a 5-speed manual transmission (1.6 S model) and with a new generation Xtronic CVT ™ transmission. The CVT allows continuous change of the transmission gears by connecting the two pulleys with a metal belt and change their diameter using hydraulic pressure. The design adds a new CVT gearbox with planetary gear for extra efficiency.

CVT is also a low ratio of 7.3:1, which is broader than traditional CVTs, and also a typical 7-speed automatic transmission. Friction is reduced by about 30 percent by weight to about 13 percent and size by about 10 percent compared to the Nissan Versa Sedan CVT design.

Nissan Versa also offers P185/65R15 tires with low rolling resistance all-season aluminum wheels available in 15-inch alloy.

"All these improvements and progress is that the new Nissan Versa sedan engine burns cleaner and uses less fuel, which in conjunction with the CVT performance and improved aerodynamics to reduce the overall consumption of fuel of about five miles per gallon vs. 2011 Versa Sedan said Castignetti. " Better mileage means fewer stops at the pump. - And the "space in your wallet for other activities"

Fuel economy for 2012 Versa Sedan is estimated at 30 mpg city, 37 mpg highway and 33 mpg combined with the CVT (27/36/30 mpg with the manual transmission 5-speed) (preliminary estimate).

All 2012 Nissan Versa Sedan is equipped with independent suspension MacPherson strut front suspension and rear torsion beam with stabilizer bars front and rear. Standard equipment includes power steering and electric power-assisted front disc / rear drum brakes. Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA) are also standard on all models Nissan Versa Sedan.

In addition, the new Versa to be the first Nissan model in the United States marked by Pure Drive ™ designation. PURE DRIVE will be used on models use the latest technology from Nissan to promote environmentally friendly driving and reduce CO2 emissions.

Standard precautions available on all 2012 Nissan Versa Sedan include the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) (includes front airbags with two additional floors and front-seat side airbags for additional protection of the chest), mounted driver and passenger front airbags supplemental side and roof mounted side curtain airbags front and rear head protection for outboard passengers.

Other safety features include standard LATCH (lower anchors and tethers for children) for child-lock rear door locks, child seat upper tether anchors, and tire pressure system (TPMS), vehicle dynamic control (VDC) system and traction control (TCS).

Summer 2011 Date Listed

The new 2012 Nissan Versa Sedan models are available in three well-equipped when it goes on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide in the summer of 2011 - Versa Sedan 1.6 S (CVT versions and offered 5MB) Versa Sedan 1.6 SV (CVT only) and the Versa Sedan 1.6 SL (CVT only).

Together with the 1.6 S model for a number of standard features, 1.6 SV adds cruise control, instrumentation Fine Vision, chrome grille accents, body-color sideview mirrors Two remote-controlled power, upgraded cloth seats, electric windows and much more .

Nissan Versa Sedan 1.6 SL models add 15-inch aluminum alloy wheels, fog lamps, variable intermittent wipers, chrome inside door handles, Rear 60/40 folding Bluetooth ® hands-free phone system, steering wheel audio controls, USB / iPod ® connection, upgrade sound system, lights map-related concerns and more.

Only three groups of options are available: Cruise Control Package (1.6 S CVT only), convenience package SV (1.6 SV only) with Bluetooth ® hands-free phone system, steering wheel audio, iPod ® audio better control reading lamps and side passenger vanity mirror. SL Technology Package (1.6 SL only) adds the navigation system Nissan XM NavTraffic ® (XM ® subscription required, sold separately) and 5-inch touch screen color and XM ® Satellite Radio (XM ® subscription, sold separately).

2012 Versa sedan will be manufactured at Nissan's Aguascalientes, Mexico assembly plant that also builds Nissan Sentra models for the U.S. market.

"The all-new Nissan Versa Sedan is a total value proposition," said Castignetti. "The small car is great for encouraging innovation to reach an audience looking forward."