Nissan Tiida 2011 now an affordable Mexican import
The rightfully-popular Nissan Tiida, which first debuted here as a Japanese-built 2006 model and facelifted in 2009, is now already available as a 2011 model, with a slightly simpler new look, a standard 1.8-litre engine and a lower price. If you’re suspicious, you have a right to be, because it now looks exactly like the Mexican-built American-spec Nissan Versa. And we seem to recall some Nissan bosses here mentioning last year that they’ll import more cars from the United States to reduce costs.
The 2011 Nissan Tiida is available in 5-door hatchback and 4-door sedan body styles, as before. New styling features, as seen on the Versa for the last couple of years, include a different front grille, bumpers and taillights.
For 2011, Nissan is equipping all Tiida models as standard with a 127 hp 1.8-litre 4-cylinder engine. Two transmissions are offered, namely a 6-speed manual and a basic 4-speed automatic.
Most other features carry over for 2011. The Tiida still has an independent MacPherson-strut front and torsion-beam rear suspension, with standard features such as electric power steering and power-assist front disc/rear drum brakes.
The new gauges have been revised with white illumination, while interior illumination has been changed to a reddish orange. Only a driver’s airbag is standard, with a passenger airbag, side-curtain airbags, ABS, Brake Assist and Electronic Brake Force Distribution all on the options list. The fully-airbagged model has top safety ratings in the U.S. IIHS crash tests.
Nissan Middle East will offer two equipment levels, available on both the hatchback and the sedan, namely the ‘S’ and the ‘SL.’
A 1.8S Tiida sedan offers as standard items such as power steering with tilt adjustment, central door locking, keyless entry, a trip computer with fuel economy read-out and single CD/radio with MP3 auxiliary input.
Moving up the range to a 1.8SL sedan garners cruise control, front fog lamps, power door mirrors and windows, leather wrapped steering wheel and a wood grain interior finish amongst other items. Several optional extra packs can be specified at extra cost such as 16-inch alloy wheels in place of the standard 15-inch steel wheels as well as ABS, EBD, Brake-Assist and side curtain airbags.
A top-spec 1.8SL Tiida hatchback comes standard with cruise control, front fog lamps, power door mirrors and windows, leather-wrapped steering wheel and a wood grain interior finish, 16-inch alloy wheels and a sliding rear seat bench to maximise either rear legroom or increase rear luggage storage space.
Nissan says that the price of the 2011 1.8-litre model will be the same as the 2010 1.6-litre model. UAE prices top out at an affordable Dhs 61,000, whereas previously, the top model was touching almost Dhs 70,000 with less safety features.
For UAE prices and GCC specs, keep track of updates in the Nissan Tiida buyer guide.