Nissan will unveil the all-new 2014 Versa Note four-door hatchback at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit on January 15.
The fourth of five new models promised over a 15-month period in 2012 and 2013, it is said to offer segment-exclusive technology, outstanding fuel economy, smart packaging and class-leading cargo space.
A new Versa sedan was introduced as a 2012 model but the hatchback, although it shares the Versa name, is a different vehicle, known as just the Note in Japan and other overseas markets. The second-generation Note made its debut in Japan last summer.
The sub-compact Versa line (sedan and hatchback) is the best-selling Japanese brand in the segment, in Canada, outselling the Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris and Mazda 2 and claiming a 12% share of the segment. The Hyundai Accent is the best-selling car in the class.
The Note is powered by 1.2-litre three-cylinder engines in Japan but the Versa Notr is expected to share the same second-generation, 1.6-litre HR16DE four-cylinder as the sedan, mated to either a five-speed manual or Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).
We'll be able to confirm those details next week.