The Nissan Versa doesn’t exactly get the heart racing, but it’s one of the most affordable sedans in the United States.
The company is working on an all-new model and spy photographers recently snapped a heavily camouflaged prototype undergoing testing. The disguise hides a number of details, but we can see the redesigned model will have a new front fascia with angular headlights.
Bigger changes occur further back, as the 2020 Versa adopts curvaceous bodywork and a more rakish windscreen. The greenhouse is also a tad sportier as there’s an upward sweeping beltline and a more dynamic roofline. Other notable changes include a flowing character line and new door-mounted side mirrors.
The current model’s taillights have been jettisoned and replaced by more conventional units which echo the Altima and Maxima. Additional details are hard to make out, but it appears the sedan will have a rounder rear bumper and a more modern trunk.
The prototype’s interior is covered up, but we can expect significant upgrades. There’s no word on specifics, but we couldn’t be surprised if the model has higher quality materials and an updated infotainment system.
Powertrain details remain exclusive, but the current Versa has a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 109 hp (81 kW / 111 PS) and 107 lb-ft (145 Nm) of torque. It can be paired to either a five-speed manual or an optional continuously variable transmission.
While nothing is official, it’s possible the next-generation Versa will use the same 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that powers the Kicks. It produces 122 hp (91 kW / 124 PS) and 114 lb-ft (154 Nm) of torque which would result in a modest gain of 13 hp (10 kW / 13 PS) and 7 lb-ft (9 Nm).