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by Brett Davis

Nissan has unveiled the new 2012 Nissan Tiida at Auto Shanghai 2011 auto show in China. It gets an all-new body design and a potential turbocharged driveline package above the outgoing model.

Offering a much more sporty and muscular look compared to the existing Nissan Tiida lineup, the 2012 model features a more complete and consistent body design. The doors for instance, are designed incorporating a number of kinks and bulging contours which match the stronger front and rear ends.

Some aspects of the car’s look can be linked to the Nissan LEAF electric car too, with its fluidic flow of lines that run from the headlights up to the top of the rear hatch. The rear end also appears to be skewed in to look narrower than the front, much like the LEAF.

Definite engine packages are yet to be announced but Nissan has said the new Tiida will come with a turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine of some description. A CVT transmission will also be provided in the mix.

As for Australia, Nissan Australia’s Jeff Fisher told CarAdvice in a previous report that final decisions were yet to be made about the next Nissan Tiida, and whether or not it will be called the Nissan Pulsar or just a direct model update for the Tiida. Fisher said,

“Whether we continue to call it Tiida, there is still some debate about that.”

We’ll be sure to provide full Australian details as soon as they come about. Stay tuned.