After the big splash of the Detroit auto show last month, the 2014 Chicago auto show is making smaller waves with debuts like the 2015 Nissan Versa Note SR, a new trim level for Nissan’s subcompact hatchback. Mirroring the SR trim on the larger Nissan Sentra, this "sporty" Versa Note adds a few exterior upgrades and interior accents, but is otherwise mechanically identical to other unsporty Versa Note models.
The 2015 Nissan Versa Note SR has a more aggressive look overall, with updated front and rear fascias and a new front grille. The SR also comes with a rear spoiler, special 16-inch alloy wheels, standard foglights, and slightly darker headlights. A body kit and a few chrome accents complete the exterior look. On the inside, the Versa Note SR gets a leather-wrapped steering wheel that’s said to be inspired by that of the 370Z, along with “suede-like” cloth seats with orange accents, and piano black dashboard trim.
Other than these cosmetic upgrades, the 2015 Nissan Versa Note SR is unchanged from the standard car. A 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is still the only engine choice, and for the SR model this 109-hp powertrain pairs exclusively with a CVT. Fuel economy ratings are unchanged at 31/40/35 mpg city/highway/combined.
In other Nissan Versa Note news, the 2015 model will receive some equipment reshuffling, with the SL designation transitioning to a full trim level rather than an upgrade package available for the Versa Note SV. The 2015 Nissan Versa Note SL will come standard with a backup camera, alloy wheels, pushbutton start, heated seats, and a 5.0-inch display screen with the NissanConnect infotainment system. Trim levels now include S, S Plus, SV, SR, and SL, and all 2015 Versa Note hatchbacks will come standard with Bluetooth phone connectivity for 2015.