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The all-new Nissan Versa (Micra-based sedan) has been unveiled at the New York Motorshow. The compact Japanese sedan has had a major redesign to appeal to the widest demographic of potential buyers.

The car uses the same V-Platform as our local Nissan Micra and will be offered, in the US, with a 1.6-litre, 81kW four-cylinder engine. It’ll come with the option of a five-speed manual or a new Xtronic CVT transmission.

Nissan Australia has announced the compact sedan will be heading to our shores some time next year, joining the Nissan Micra showroom lineup.

Under the US combined cycle, the compact sedan uses around 7L/100km (please note this is a different, generally higher figure, than our combined fuel economy tests in Australia).

The new Nissan Versa has lost about 68kg and gained more legroom for rear passengers compared with the previous Micra-based sedan.

In the US prices start from an unbelievably low $10,990, but the more expensive models in the range consist of such features as Bluetooth, navigation system with a five-inch touch-screen display, satellite radio and an iPod/USB interface.