Nissan's new budget saloon offers "more rear legroom than the Merc E-class" and a price-tag of £6600
21 April 2011

Nissan has unveiled the budget Nissan Versa saloon at the New York motor show.

The new Nissan “offers mid-size vehicle technology without mid-size price,” with prices in the US starting from $10,990 (£6600) when sales begin this summer.

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Features of the budget-five-seat Versa include Bluetooth, sat-nav with five-inch touch-screen display and iPod and USB capability, with options including trip computer and electric windows.

Inside, the Versa also gets “more rear legroom than the Lexus LS460, BMW 5-series and Mercedes E-class” and the availability of two interior colours - Sandstone and Charcoal.

On the outside, the new saloon sports Nissan's signature grille design, with eight paint colours on offer.

Power for the Versa comes courtesy of a 1.6-litre petrol engine, which produces 108bhp at 6000rpm and 107lb ft of torque at 4400rpm.

Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager of Nissan North America said, “This new Versa Sedan, a 'clean sheet' ground-up design, takes small cars in a whole new direction – proving that you don't have to sacrifice style for affordability, interior roominess for a smaller footprint, or drivability for high mpg.”

There’s no chance of it coming to the UK, however, although the price might be attractive.

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