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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.




  • Valet Dabess

    looks a bit weird to me and that upper grill looks very lexus

    i’m still getting word process error btw CA

  • c3vzn

    Not bad, it looks just weird enough to stand out. Name it Pulsar and maybe Nissan can make up for the ground lost by the Tiida.

    • Golfschwein

      Don’t agree. All names are brand new at some point and Aussies never had a problem with Echo becoming Yaris, Escort becoming Laser, Commodore SL/E becoming Calais or Sigma becoming Magna. If the car’s right, they’ll buy it.

      Tiida’s problem isn’t the name, which is no more or less meaningful than Camry or Cerato, but the car itself.

      • Richo

        Problem is however the Pulsar had 20+ years of hard fought reputation and recongnition behind it, where as Tiida was launched onto the Aussie market with television advertising fronted by that shiela from sex in the city, so in other words from word go the Tiida became recongnised as a girls car, instantly ruling out half the market. Pulsar was a car bought by both men and women in equal measure, Tiida became officially a chicks car.

        Name wasn’t so much the problem, it was the way it was marketed, and now its poison to the Aussie market. Nissan need to go back to Pulsar, or go to an entirely new name and market it properly

        • Richo

          Problem is however the Pulsar had 20+ years of hard fought reputation and recongnition behind it, where as Tiida was launched onto the Aussie market with television advertising fronted by the skanky shiela from s ex in the city, so in other words from word go the Tiida became recongnised as a girls car, instantly ruling out half the market. Pulsar was a car bought by both men and women in equal measure, Tiida became officially a chicks car.

          Name wasn’t so much the problem, it was the way it was marketed, and now its poison to the Aussie market. Nissan need to go back to Pulsar, or go to an entirely new name and market it properly

  • Chili Dog

    It does look a lot like that ugly little lexus from the front and very Mazda from the side. A big improvement though.

  • Adam Smolkowicz

    not a bad little car

  • Ra3y_Datsun

    It looks good and marked improvement to me.

  • Crownleyian

    The Renault Megane Chassis has done miracles in design and dynamics.

  • Jon Leong

    Now thats more like it. Just remember to bring in the MR16 1.6L turbo with 140kw. If the Chinese market can have one of those, I dont see why can’t we.

  • Gan Tan

    Big step up, design wise. Lets hope they install proper rear brakes on this one

  • error69

    Looks like a Mazda 3 hatch. They just removed the smiley front.

  • Rob

    Looks like Nissan did a turd after eating too many strawberries

  • Robert

    Front looks ok, but the rear looks like a new swift…..

  • Technofreak

    Oh…I thought it was a Mazda 3. Oops!

  • Samr

    To make matters worse the car looked like crap.

  • Samr

    To make matters worse the Tiida looked like crap.

  • Petar

    The Back is ugly the front needs to be reworked.

  • STP

    Looks much nicer now… will definitely win back a lot of buyers.

  • abuna ventana

    Nice looking car and i don’t think the leaf’s design cues are bad. Its a new design philosophy and is leagues ahead of Toyota. A new brand will help forgetting the tiny old tiida.