Nissan has officially renamed the current generation of Versa in Brazil to V-Drive. The change was necessary since the model, which will hit stores in the coming weeks, will live with the new generation, announced for 2020 imported from Mexico.
Without revealing any details about V-Drive versions and engines, the brand released a note, along with the image above, saying only that its production “is in full swing at the Nissan Industrial Complex, in Resende (RJ).”
“The model that will increase the offer of the brand’s products in the Brazilian market will arrive at dealerships in the coming weeks”, completed the manufacturer.
2 of 3 Nissan Versa currently sold in Brazil – Photo: Disclosure / Nissan
Nissan Versa currently sold in Brazil – Photo: Disclosure / Nissan
The current Versa is offered in 5 different versions, ranging from R $ 56,590 to R $ 76,990, with 1.0 3-cylinder engines with 77 horsepower and 1.6 with 111 hp, in addition to manual or automatic CVT shifts.
It is possible that all mechanical configurations are maintained on the V-Drive, as well as the visual, but with reduced equipment and prices to justify its entry positioning in the Nissan sedan line.
The strategy is the same adopted by Fiat with the Fire versions and Chevrolet, with the Joys.
New generation will be imported
Nissan confirmed for the last quarter of 2020 the arrival of the new Versa to Brazil, after some months of delay by the coronavirus pandemic. The new generation of the sedan will be imported from Mexico, where it is equipped with a 1.6-liter engine with 118 horsepower, and manual and automatic CVT transmission.
The Mexican equipment package includes items such as blind spot monitoring, frontal collision alert with automatic braking, cross-traffic alert and full-LED headlights.
3 of 3 Nissan Versa – Photo: Disclosure / Nissan
Nissan Versa – Photo: Disclosure / Nissan
Versions, prices and technical details of the Brazilian model will only be released at a date closer to launch, but it is possible that it will follow its original specifications.
According to the brand, the model will position itself in a higher range of the sedan segment. That is, Versa had to evolve to keep up with the new competition: Chevrolet Onix Plus, Volkswagen Virtus, Fiat Cronos and Hyundai HB20S.