2012 Nissan Tiida (Versa) rolls out at the Shanghai Auto Show

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Nissan just introduced the new sub-compact model Tiida hatchback at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show today. As you may already know, the Tiida is the same as the Versa sold in the U.S., but this time, it is more shapely of the Nissan Leaf electric car.

At a glance, we can see great resembling to the Nissan Leaf electric car. The only major difference in this 2012 Tiida is its front fascia with a pair of revised headlights, but the rest of the body design remains relatively the same as the Nissan Leaf; noticeably the bulging fenders and rear end. Also, to improve passenger space, the new Tiida has a longer wheelbase of about 3.9 inches.

The Nissan Tiida will be powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine producing 108 horsepower, and that is slightly less power than the 1.8-liter engine in the Versa model. The 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is mated to a CVT transmission, and has an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 28 miles per gallon city and 34 miles per gallon highway.

In addition, Nissan mentioned of a turbocharged version of the Tiida as well, but did not release any specifications on this engine. If this were the case, we expect the turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine to develop around 190 horsepower.

Nissan Tiida will be first available in China, and will be available to approximately 130 countries by the year 2014. It is likely the U.S. will get the 2012 Tiida as well, just under the Versa nameplate.