Nissan knows cheap: its Versa subcompact sedan has been the least expensive car on the market for some time now, and there’s now a new Versa on the horizon, as shown in these spy photos. With considerably more attractive proportions than the current car, this new model looks to be far less gawky, although its core mission to provide inexpensive, efficient basic transportation isn’t likely to change much.
From what we can see, the Versa will adopt styling cues from its sedan big siblings, the Altima and Maxima. The vague outline of Nissan’s V-Motion grille design is visible through the camouflage, while the taillights are shaped similarly to the Altima’s. A more tapered roofline and a higher decklid avoid the awkwardly tall silhouette of the current Versa sedan. We don’t expect much of a change in size, and we’re sure Nissan will attempt to maintain the current car’s surprisingly large amount of rear-seat space.
When it arrives later this year, the new 2020 Versa sedan will compete against familiar suspects including the Toyota Yaris sedan, the Chevrolet Sonic, the Hyundai Accent, and the Kia Rio. A redesigned version of its hatchback stablemate, the Versa Note, should arrive within the next year as well.