|Also called||Nissan Versa (United States & Canada)
Nissan Latio (Singapore, Indonesia & Malaysia)
Nissan Tiida Latio (Japan)
Samut Prakan, Thailand
|Class||Compact car / midsize car|
|Body style(s)||4-door sedan
|Platform||Nissan B platform|
|Engine(s)||1.8 L I4 gasoline
1.6 L I4 gasoline
1.5 L I4 gasoline
1.5 L I4 diesel
|Wheelbase||2,600 mm (102.4 in)|
|Length||Hatchback: 4,295 mm
Sedan: 4,470 mm (176.0 in)
|Width||1,695 mm (66.7 in)|
|Height||1,535 mm (60.4 in)|
|Curb weight||1,125–1,182 kg (2,480–2,610 lb)|
The Nissan Tiida is a compact car produced in hatchback and sedan form by Japanese automaker Nissan. Marketed by its maker and classified by most reviewers as a subcompact car in the United States and Canada due to its exterior size, the U.S. EPA considers the North American Versa model a midsize car as it does all Nissan cars. The Tiida replaces both the long-running Pulsar and the Sunny models by September 30, 2004. Available as the Tiida in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Japan, Middle East, Mauritius, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Paraguay, South Africa, former eastern bloc countries, China and Sri Lanka, it is also known in export markets as the Nissan Versa (United States and Canada) and Nissan Latio (Southeast Asia). The Tiida is based on the new global Nissan B platform with the wheelbase stretched.
The Tiida's styling was previewed with the Nissan C-Note show car a year before its launch. The models are characterized by being somewhat tall, a trend that resurfaced in the late 1990s. The range consists of a five-door hatchback and a four-door sedan called the Nissan Tiida Latio. The Tiida became available in key eastern European markets from June 2007 and in Germany in January 2008, but Ireland was the first country in western Europe to receive the car, due to the previous popularity there of the earlier Almera sedan, and greater general popularity in Ireland of smaller sedans compared to some other European markets.
In China, the Tiida is produced by the Dongfeng Motor Company, a joint venture between Nissan and a local company. In Taiwan it is produced by Yulon. It arrived in some Eastern European countries in late 2007, replacing the Almera small family car.
The Nissan Tiida has been around since 2004 in Japan, and in select European countries since 2007. In January 2008, Nissan revealed their new facelifted Nissan Tiida (hatchback) and Tiida Latio (sedan).
The five-door hatchback Tiida and four-door sedan Tiida Latio have been enhanced with some key changes including new exterior features and interior designs, retuned power steering, powertrain enhancements and a new Plus navi HDD package.
The exterior features a new grille, front bumper, headlamps, taillights, rear bumper and new wheel covers. The interior sports a more modern look as well as better visibility and usability, new instrument cluster design and metallic-finish dash panels.
Under the hood sits a 1.5-litre or 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine, the larger of which can be coupled to a six-speed manual transmission. There are also two optional dealer packages available: the Nismo S-tune Aero Package and Nismo Performance Package.
The EV-11 prototype electric car was based on Tiida, but includes a 80 kW/280 N·m (210 lb·ft) electric motor, 24kWh lithium-ion battery pack rated 160 km distance, navigation system, EV remote control and monitoring.
The prototype vehicle was unveiled in Nissan's Yokohama headquarter in 2009-08-02. Production version was set to begin sale in U.S. and Japan in 2010.
The Versa was introduced in the United States and Canada in July 2006 as a 2007 model. North and Latin American models of the Tiida use a DOHC 1.8-liter gasoline engine and are assembled at Nissan's Aguascalientes, Mexico assembly plant. It is also the only Nissan four-door passenger car in the United States and Canada to be sold worldwide, since the Sentra (not the Asian version), Altima and Maxima (not the Australian Maxima, a rebadged Teana) are exclusive to North America.
The Versa is Nissan's current entry-level model in North America, while the Nissan Sentra, the previous entry-level model, moved upmarket with its latest redesign. The Versa is marketed as a subcompact, so its standard competition includes subcompacts such as the Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris. Nonetheless, due to its large interior volume and more powerful engine relative to other subcompacts, reviewers sometimes use the Versa as Nissan's offering in comparisons against compacts such as the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, despite the fact that the Sentra is a more direct competitor in the compact class.
The North American Versa debuted at the 2006 North American International Auto Show in January of the same year. The hatchback model was introduced first, with the sedan arriving later at the end of the year, both as 2007 models. A 1.6-litre sedan replaced the 1.8 sedan in Canada for the 2009 model year, that year in the United States the 1.6 sedan was added to the lineup along the 1.8 sedan.
The Versa is powered by a 1.8 L I4 MR series engine producing 122 hp (91 kW) and 127 ft·lbf (170 N·m). Three transmissions are offered: a four-speed automatic, a continuously variable transmission, and a six-speed manual. It is the only car in its class (in the North American market) to offer a six-speed manual transmission as standard equipment. There are two trim levels, S and SL, with the SL having standard air conditioning, power accessories and ABS, all of which are options on the S. The Versa SL also has features/options not available on the S such as cruise control, alloy wheels, optional CVT (the 4-speed automatic is only available for the Versa S), optional Bluetooth connectivity for electronic devices, and a sport package which adds a power moonroof, rear spoiler, and underside aero kit.
Nissan has reported a Nismo-trim Versa will be available, including a sport suspension, a more aggressive wheel and tire package, and with some distinguishing interior and exterior styling cues. Many Nissan accessories are available for the Tiida, but there is no word yet whether they will be brought to North America.
Commercials for the Versa parody the numerous erectile dysfunction pill advertisements like those of Levitra and Viagra, which would advertise a fake condition called "Auto Claustrophobia", whose sufferers would be cured once they saw the Nissan Versa, which was advertised as being "roomy compared" to other subcompact cars.
Introduced for the 2009 model year in sedan form only, it uses a smaller, 1.6-liter engine (HR16DE) gasoline engine. Base transmission is a five-speed manual; a four-speed automatic is optional.
The Versa 1.6 can be distinguished from 1.8 models by its use of black trim (instead of body-colored) for the exterior mirror housings, the bar above the license plate, and the front grille. This model also has smaller 14-inch steel wheels. Standard equipment does not include a radio, but includes four speakers and their associated wiring, making the installation of an aftermarket receiver easier. The Versa 1.6 is offered only with a black interior. Safety features, however, are consistent with other Versa models. The Versa 1.6 has six airbags, active front head restraints, and a tire pressure monitoring system. Air conditioning, AM/FM/CD audio system, power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, and keyless entry are offered as part of a value package. Anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and brake assist are optional ($250) on top of the value package.
When it was introduced in fall 2008, the Versa's base price of US$9,990 made it the least expensive new car available in the United States, but a price cut to the Hyundai Accent usurped that distinction by $20. The Versa 1.6's $12,498 Canadian base price also undercut its competitors at launch.
In 2007, the first European countries began receiving imports of the Tiida, although official British sales have yet to start. Some cars destined for the Irish market have been sold as grey imports. British buyers have so far been without a Nissan product in this sector since the demise of the Almera in November 2006.
|Nissan car timeline, European market, 1980s–present|
|Supermini||Micra K10||Micra K11||Micra K12|
|Small family car||Sunny B310||Sunny B11||Sunny N13||Sunny N14||Almera N15||Almera N16||Tiida C11|
|Cherry N10||Cherry N12|
|Large family car||Bluebird 910||Bluebird U11||Bluebird T12/T72||Primera P10||Primera P11||Primera P12|
|Executive car||Laurel C31||Laurel C32||Maxima J30||Maxima QX A32||Maxima QX A33||Teana|
|Coupé||Silvia S110||Silvia S12||200SX S13||200SX S14|
|Sports car||280ZX||300ZX Z31||300ZX Z32||350Z Z33|
|Compact MPV||Prairie M10||Prairie M11||Almera Tino|
|Compact SUV||X-Trail T30||X-Trail T31|
|Patrol 160||Patrol Y60||Patrol Y61|
|Nissan road car timeline, United States and Canadian markets, 1980s–present|
|Sport compact||Pulsar NX||Pulsar NX||NX||200SX|