Nissan's next Versa looks Hyundai-ish

Nissan shows off a sketch of what the next generation Versa will look like.

Nissan Versa sketch
Nissan released this sketch of the next generation Versa. Nissan

As the international auto show season begins, Nissan has gone sketch happy, teasing us with drawings of cars that might be unveiled. A few weeks ago we had the Infiniti electric vehicle , and today we get the next generation of the Nissan Versa.

Nissan's least expensive vehicle, the current Versa has a frumpy design; it's a high cab built for practicality and comfort.

The sketch shows a car with contour lines down the sides and a gracefully sloping roof reminiscent of Hyundai's new Sonata . The grille shows a tighter trapezoidal shape than on the current Versa or Sentra. And, of course, it has giant wheels that probably wouldn't not be offered on a production vehicle.

The headlights do not show the kind of bulbous shape seen on the Leaf electric car and thought to be a new part of Nissan's design language. The sketch also shows a coupe, which is not a style available for the current Versa.

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