Nissan Europe is still toying with the possibility of adapting the next-generation, Golf-class Tiida for sale in Europe alongside the Qashqai.
The challenge, however, is to provide it with a sufficiently distinctive character to take on the strong competitors like the Golf, Focus and Alfa Giulietta, while enabling the company to turn a profit.
Not cannibalising Qashqai sales is another requirement, explains an insider.
The current Tiida is the replacement for the Nissan Sunny and is marketed as the Nissan Versa in the United States and Canada.
It was introduced to its home market in Japan in 2004 and came to select European markets, including Ireland, in 2007. It is sold with a series of 1.5, 1.6 and 1.8-litre engines.
Nissan’s all-electric Leaf is substantially based on the Tiida.