The Japanese based automaker Nissan is planning to develop a new compact model which will be launched in 2014.
The company’s new compact model will be a direct rival for vehicles like the Volkswagen Golf, the Ford Focus or the Opel Astra and it will be produced in the Sunderland plant in Britain. The company has high hopes from this new model considering the fact that its last attempts in the segment were the Almera and the Tiida, and the first one was eventually transformed into the Qashqai crossover.
The decision for the car manufacturer to enter in this highly competitive segment on the Old Continent was taken 18 months ago but, even so, the model still needs to more years to be developed, according to the company’s Product Planning chief, Andy Palmer. The new Nissan hatchback will get a styling inspired from the current and future generation of the Qashqai and it will also borrow some design features from the Invitation concept, which made its public debut during the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The 1.2L DIG-S turbo petrol and the 1.5 dCi diesel engine are expected to make their way under the hood of the new compact Nissan model. The vehicle will be launched in 2014 and it will be produced in Sunderland, along with the Leaf, Juke and Qashqai.