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Of all the smaller vehicles rolled out on stage at Detroit, only one was a production model, the 2014 Nissan Versa Note.
It’s the next generation of the Versa hatchback, which proved to be a big seller for the company.
While the outgoing Versa Hatchback uses a 1.8 L four-cylinder engine, the Versa Note will use a second-generation 1.6 L four-cylinder from the Versa Sedan, which morphed into an all-new model for 2012. It’s rated at 109 horsepower and 107 lb-ft of torque. That’s less than the 122 horses in the 2012 Versa Hatchback, but the smaller engine, new aerodynamic styling, and lighter-weight construction should deliver the best fuel economy in the segment when ordered with the optional continuously-variable automatic transmission, the company says.
The Versa Note will start at $13,348, which is $1,330 less than the 2012 hatchback, and will come in three trim lines rather than the current two. But you should be able to raise that base price easily, since Nissan is stuffing in a few optional items from its upper-line models, including navigation, pushbutton start, hands-free text messaging, and Around View Monitor, which gives a 360-degree view when parking.
The Versa Note will also feature the most cargo space in its class, with a flat floor when the rear seat is folded, and an optional cargo floor divider with hidden storage.