The 2020 Nissan Versa made its spy photo debut earlier this month and now the automaker has confirmed the “completely redesigned” model will be unveiled on April 12th.
In an interesting twist, Nissan will introduce the car at Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. It’s an unusual location for a vehicle unveiling, but the event has a country music theme – as headliners include Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney – and this could be a subtle nod to Nissan’s close ties to Tennessee.
Regardless, the 2020 Versa promises to be a big improvement over its predecessor as the model will have a more stylish and upscale design. A number of cues will be taken from the Altima and spy photos have shown the car will have angular headlights and a more rakish windscreen.
Bigger changes occur behind the A-pillar as the Versa gains flowing bodywork and an upward sweeping beltline. Other highlights include a more dynamic roofline, a sportier greenhouse and a modern rear end with slender taillights.
Nissan was tight-lipped about details, but power will likely be provided by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 122 hp (91 kW / 124 PS) and 114 lb-ft (154 Nm) of torque. If this is the case, the 2020 Versa will have 13 hp (10 kW / 13 PS) and 7 lb-ft (9 Nm) of torque more than its predecessor.
The engine will send power to the front wheels and a continuously variable transmission is a given. It remains unclear if Nissan will continue to offer a manual gearbox, but the current Versa has a five-speed stick.