The long awaited new Nissan model that we’ve been expecting after looking at spyshots this year will be available at the end of next month. Nissan’s new Latio comes in two variants, a 5-door hatch called Latio Sport and a 4-door sedan called the Latio.
The Latio sedan will be available in 1.6 litre and 1.8 litre form. The 1.6 litre variant uses a HR16DE engine that makes 110hp at 6,000rpm, and 153Nm at 4,000rpm. Fuel consumption is estimated at 13.9km per litre. The 1.8 litre variant uses the MR18DE engine, which is rated at 127hp at 5,200rpm and 174Nm of torque at 4,800rpm. Fuel consumption is rated at 13km per litre. These two engines are new engine families developed after the Nissan-Renault alliance, and are used in Renault cars as well.
The Latio hatchback only has the 1.6 litre version, which is kind of disappointing as a 1.8 litre “warm” hatch would be fun indeed. All variants are available in auto, except the sedan will have one 1.6 litre manual option. Not sure how many speeds for the manual, likely 5-speeds since it is a 1.6 litre, but in overseas markets manual variants of the MR18DE 1.8 litre is paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox, which would have been fun if available in a Latio Sport hatchback.
Edaran Tan Chong Motor has taken a different approach to B-segment offerings here in Malaysia, with competitors choosing to offer 1.5 and perhaps soon 1.3 litre versions of their B-segment offerings, ETCM has decided to offer 1.6 and 1.8 litre variants, making them somewhat like Sentra replacements, though the Sentra is actually from a larger C-segment category.
Some other known specs: it is CKD, McPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam at the rear, as well as a keyless entry system which Nissan seems to be pushing all around the world, with the new Maxima in the US having a big marketing campaign for it. The key for the Latio is simply a transponder you carry with you – starting the car is the matter of twisting a little tab at the steering column where you would typically insert your key. A push button start would be much cooler though.
Full specs of the Latio and Latio hatch will be available once it is launched and available for sale towards the end of next month. Nissan has started a teaser site for the Nissan Latio at www.latio.com.my so go check it out.
Also, check out the related post links below for some spyshots, as well as some previous posts with details of the Latio sold in our neighbouring country Singapore. You will be able to find alot more photos of the exterior and interior there.