2020 Nissan Versa Looks To Ditch Its Econobox Image With Sportier Styling

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).

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  • TheBelltower

    “2020 Nissan Versa Looks To Ditch Its Econobox Image With Sportier Styling”

    What? That’s not what I’m getting from these pictures.

    • Jay

      Looks to me it’ll be a the smallest Nested doll with its Maxima Styling.

    • J-Triumf

      What pictures are you looking at? This definitely looks sportier and cooler than the current model.

  • Dennis Scipio

    I appreciate that there is still a market for entry level cars that aren’t Crossovers, not that I have a problem with crossovers and SUvs.

  • no25

    Forgot this car existed. Bout time they redesigned it. I think the Altima styling will work better on this, so we’ll see

  • PhilMcGraw

    It looks like it will retain its econobox image…

    Looks like a 2012 Ford Focus.

  • Aaron Thompson

    Argh! Why is that A pillar so far forward?!

    Matching (almost) the angle of the windscreen and bonnet is never a good look…

    How does Nissan keep missing the mark by so much?!

    • J-Triumf

      On the contrary, matching the angle is almost always a good look; I love this more aerodynamic shape. I’m glad one company is still trying to maintain this design trend in the face of increasingly bland boxy new small cars.

      • Aaron Thompson
        • KAG25

          Life must suck getting 60MPG

          • Aaron Thompson

            If you measure your life’s quality by your car’s MPG… Life would suck… Spending $25K on a door stop is sad.

        • J-Triumf

          Looks like we have a strong difference in opinion, because honestly I think supercars are proof that the smooth profile angle works very well, with the 3rd gen Prius being one of its best examples. There’s also the FG/FA Civics, the mk7/mk8 Fiestas, mk3 Focus, and 5th gen Elantra, all utilizing that supercar-style aero look in more affordable packages, all beautiful specifically because of it, and all much more refreshing than the basic front-long blocky cliche that’s gone on and beaten to death for decades prior. I find your “door stop” comparisons misguided and closed-minded; all other things equal I’d much rather drive a stylish futuristic wedge than an ugly brick.

          • Aaron Thompson

            Short nosed, forward placed A-pillar and matching the angles of bonnet and windscreen, do not do it for me. While I don’t think it is impossible for a car to be attractive with some of these features, I’d say it is in spite of them not because of them. As for ‘ugly brick’ I’m not sure what you’re referencing? Just a defensive jab I’m guessing?

    • KAG25

      Better design so better fuel economy, depends what country is designing the car.

      • Aaron Thompson

        I’m all for better fuel economy, excited for skyactivX, what companies are doing hybrid tech, I think there are lots of ways to get better fuel economy. But I if i’m spending a large sum of money on a car (often a person’s 2nd largest purchase ever made), I don’t want my car looking like a door stop, I want to smile when I see it.

  • EM1

    Nissan’s lower line has ALWAYS looked cheap, still does.


      No one cares

      • EM1

        Your mother cares


          @JohnCarscoop, here’s another fail insult coming from this racist weak troll right here. Please remove him due to his poor trolling skills.

          • EM1

            You’re a joke and a toy thrower.

          • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

            @JohnCarscoop, please get rid of this tyrant out of your platform.

          • EM1

            You make fun of Mexicans. time to take ur meds

      • EM1

        GO F yourself.

  • Alduin

    Slow dull beige mobile how exciting! NOT a bump of 13hp over the current TurD Versa! Wooo 122HP!

  • Jason Miller

    So many self imposed experts in here. Internet comment sections ahoy.

  • J-Triumf

    It’s a shame Nissan as a company seems like kind of a mess right now, and that the Versa is still the Versa performance-wise, because at least styling-wise this new version is already looking really great with that smooth windshield/hood angle; I’m so glad at least one company is still following that kind of design despite current trends towards bland and boxy.

    Of course I’m also sad that such a styling is also wasted on a car with very basic specs. I’d love to see a Nismo version of this; I need something to make me forget that we Americans aren’t getting the new Fiesta ST.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    The current Versa, along with the Mirage are two of the worst vehicles for sale on sale in the US.

    ANYTHING would be an improvement. The current Versa is commodity grade garbage barely fit for human consumption.

  • charlotteharry57

    Another site is claiming that this is the next Sentra and not a Versa. TBH, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Nissan kills off the Versa.

  • Aaron Thompson
  • Paul

    Complete with baby Maxima styling like the rest of the line up probably.

  • Alberto Barrales

    Even though I would not buy a Versa I’m glad they are redesigning it because it’s very painful to see the current model.

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