2019 Nissan Maxima
Nissan’s participation at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show included the introduction of the 2019 Nissan Maxima. An updated version of the eighth-generation A36 Maxima in L.A. for the 2019 model year with a subtle exterior refresh to go along with a suite of new safety technologies. Nissan hopes that the updates are enough to stem the tide of declining sales that has plagued not only the Maxima but the entire sedan market in the U.S. As Nissan’s longest-running nameplate — the Maxima has been around since 1981 — there’s a lot of pressure on the 2019 Maxima to live up to, or even exceed, the expectations that Nissan has for it. The 2019 model goes on sale in mid-December.
2018 Nissan Kicks - U.S. Spec
Without a doubt, the SUV and crossover market is still running strong, prompting every automaker under the sun to fill their lineups to capacity with fresh tall-riding hatches in a bid to satisfy the public’s seemingly never-ending demand. Nissan is no different, offering U.S buyers no less than six different models in the segment, including the Juke, Rogue, Rogue Sport, Murano, Pathfinder, and Armada. Unfortunately, lovers of the funky and fun Juke won’t see the compact on the roster for much longer, as rumor has it Nissan is showing it the door in 2018. However, in its stead, Nissan will offer something fresh – enter the Kicks. The Kicks is Nissan’s very first new nameplate in 8 years, arriving as a new entry-level model in the Japanese automaker’s lineup with more room and a lower price tag than the Juke. It’s also got some nice technology, both for entertainment and for safety purposes.
The Kicks is already on sale in South America, but arrives stateside more or less unchanged in the hopes of enticing urban consumers, or as Nissan puts it, “singles or couples looking for unique styling, roominess, personal technology, smart functionality and advanced safety features at an affordable price.” So – how does it stack up?
Updated 05/08/2018: Nissan announced prices for the 2018 Kicks. Check the "Prices" section for the full details.
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2018 Nissan Titan AT-M6 Walker
Stars Wars: The Last Jedi is hitting theaters next week, and like in year’s past, Nissan is hitching its wagon on the monolithic movie franchise. We saw the fruits of that partnership last year with the launch of the Nissan Rogue One Edition. This year, Nissan and LucasFilms are upping the ante by launching a whole fleet of Stars Wars-inspired creations, including the vehicle you see here.
This is a Nissan Titan, or at least it was until it was redesigned to look more like one of those giant AT-M6 Walker bots that the First Order deployed against the Resistance in The Force Awakens. The overall look and the details that went into creating the Titan Star Wars is a feast for the senses. We should give credit to Vehicle Effects for making this transformation. The California-based company is famous in Hollywood circles for building some of the best cars to hit the silver screen, including all the vehicles in The Fast and Furious and Marvel Cinematic Universe franchises. In addition to the Titan, Vehicle Effects also created the Nissan Altima Special Forces TIE Fighter, Nissan Maxima Kylo Ren, Nissan Maxima Kylo Ren’s TIE Silencer, Nissan Maxima Captain Phasma, Nissan Rogue Poe Dameron’s X-Wing with BB8, and Nissan Rogue Sport A-Wing.
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2017 Nissan Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you know that the Star Wars franchise is experiencing a renaissance. As with most valued franchises, companies have had no problem jumping in on the bandwagon. Count Nissan among these companies and the Japanese automaker hasn’t been bashful about its partnership with Star Wars franchise. You only need to take a look at the Nissan Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition that was unveiled at the Los Angeles Motor Show to see the lengths by which this partnership has grown in the past few years.
Based on the 2017 Nissan Rogue, the SUV gets an overdose in Star Wars-related cosmetic digs, right down to the Rebel Alliance and Galactic Empire logos on the cupholders and the Rogue One logo badging on the front doors. Remember in 2013 when Nissan and Star Wars also collaborated on another model, the Juke Star Wars Edition? That version had more buzz surrounding it, but you can make a case that the Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition SUV received more of the stylized Star Wars treatment than the Juke ever had.
Here’s the best part about the Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition: only 5,400 units are going to be made available and of that 5,400 units, 5,000 has been earmarked for the U.S. market with the remaining 400 going to Canada. It’s a far cry from the Juke Star Wars Edition, which was only made available in Japan. Remember though, the Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition only comes in package form and is only available for Rogue models equipped with the Sun and Sound Touring Package. The package costs $1,990.
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2017 Nissan Versa Note
Launched at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the second-generation Note arrived on a new platform that Nissan introduced with the Micra. Although slightly longer and wider than its predecessor, the new Note had a significantly lower roof, trading the former MPV-style looks for a more standard hatchback layout. The Note crossed the pond to the U.S. in 2013, when it replaced the hatchback version of the Versa and was renamed the Versa Note. The North American model also sports the biggest engine available with the nameplate globally, a 1.6-liter four-cylinder. In other markets, the Note uses a 1.2-liter three-cylinder and a 1.5-liter four-pot diesel. The Versa Note was redesigned for the 2017 model year, when it received Nissan’s recent styling language and a few interior updates.
Much like all recent redesigns and facelifts, the updated Versa Note adopted Nissan’s "V-Motion" grille, a design highlight that is already available on the majority of the company’s vehicles. In the U.S., the Verso and the Verso Note were the last models to not feature the grille. Thanks to the new "V-Motion" element, the Versa Note bears a closer family resemblance to the larger Nissan Sentra, Altima, and Maxima, while also boasting a sportier design that’s more in line with recently updated competitors such as the Honda Fit, Chevrolet Sonic, and Ford Fiesta.
"Versa Note and Versa sedan combine to be America’s best-selling nameplate in the entry level segment," said Michael Bunce, vice president of product planning. "The enhancements for the new model year give Versa Note a fresh new look, which should help keep the Versa pair in the number one position again in 2017."
It remains to be seen whether Bunce’s comment proves to be accurate with so many cars fighting for supremacy in this segment, but until those sales figures come rollin’ in, let’s have a closer look at what the facelifted Versa Note brings to the table.
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2017 Nissan Juke Black Pearl Edition
The Nissan Juke is by far the funkiest crossover available, and things are about to get a little funkier with the introduction of a new special-edition model being called the Juke Black Pearl Edition. Manufacturers have been going crazy the past couple of years with the whole “dark theme,” with everybody and their brother jumping on the bandwagon. While a good portion of those models are relatively boring compared to their standard models, this new special edition from Nissan takes the dark theme to a whole new level. Instead of showcasing a model with a few black accents, Nissan did it the right way by blacking out nearly the entire exterior, save for a few Pearl White accents. It’s based on the Juke SV and can be had in front-wheel or all-wheel drive, but will only be sold in just 1,250 examples. You have a little time to get to the dealer here in the U.S., as 1,000 of them are slated for this market. But, if you live in Canada, you might want to head to the dealer now as only 250 of them will be available to our northern neighbors.
Michael Bunce, the VP of Product Planning for Nissan North America, said, “Juke has always followed its own path as a distinctive urban sport cross, standing apart from ordinary crossover SUVs from both design and performance aspects. The new Black Pearl Edition continues Juke’s performance formula while adding a bold-on-bold appearance inside and out.”
Well, he certainly has the “bold-on-bold” thing right, as a model this black, and with white accents, is a pretty bold move. But, being so limited, and being based on a vehicle like the Nissan Juke, it’s sure to find a place in the heart of many. But, before we get too far ahead of ourselves in that regard, let’s take a closer look on the Juke Black Pearl and why it is worth your consideration.
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Nissan is going three for three on introducing its new, striking design themes to its sedan lineup. First the Maxima, then the Altima took on the extreme show-car styling language first debuted on the Murano in 2014. The 2016 Sentra has just undergone a significant update that brings its sheet metal into the fold as well.
Nissan’s third best-seller after the Altima and Rogue crossover has always been rather bland in terms of style (even when the rest of the sedan lineup was more radical), so the dramatic reskin is an intriguing departure from tradition. It should be a good thing for Nissan; as the subcompact market has gotten more competitive, the competent-but-forgettable Sentra has risked getting lost in the shuffle of sexier and more eye-catching offerings from Mazda, Hyundai and Ford. Looking like a smaller version of the Maxima, the newly curvy Sentra is prepared to do battle with the all-new Honda Civic, Mazda3 and Kia Forte with a re-tuned suspension. A host of new technology has also been added, as the Sentra inherits luxury features from Nissan’s larger sedans as well. The updated 2016 Sentra goes on sale in December.
Updated 12/30/2015: Nissan announced prices for the 2016 Sentra which is now on sale at dealers nationwide. Prices will start from $16,780 for the Sentra S with 6-speed manual transmission - an increase of just $250 over the previous year.
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Nissan’s Color Studio customization program for the Juke has been live since 2014. When it was first launched at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, Nissan envisioned it to be a tool owners of the Juke could use in bringing a personalized flavor to their funky crossovers, for an added cost, of course. It was, and continues to be, a great way for owners to essentially dress up their Jukes in the manner they see fit. Now, Nissan is once again putting the Color Studio directly under the spotlight with the launch of a pair of limited edition Juke models, both dressed to the nines to once again highlight the enormous customization possibilities tied
Called the Juke Stinger Editions, the pair of Jukes are dressed in the two colors - yellow and black - that Nissan North America Vice President Pierre Loing says are the company’s two most popular colors. Playing around with these two shades, the Color Studio managed to create unique identities on the two Stinger Edition Juke models. One has a yellow body with black trim while the other - the one I like more - has a black body with matching yellow trim.
The Juke Stinger Editions are just two of the many personalization examples available with the Color Studio. You don’t even have to pick these two colors; you can choose from a variety of other colors that suit your taste and preference. But, as far as the Juke Stinger Editions are concerned, Nissan isn’t planning to offer these specific options on a limited basis. If any of the two suit your style, it might be best to let Nissan know about it as soon as possible. Otherwise, you can just head to the Color Studio website and work on your own personalization program for your Juke.
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At the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, Nissan launched the "Color Studio," a factory personalization program that allows customers to add an array of accessories and accent colors to their vehicles. The program was first introduced for the Juke, but at 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show it will expand to the 2016 model year Versa Note.
The concept is obviously identical to the hatchback. Customers have six exterior parts and six interior features finished to their own liking, as long as they select one of the six hues available. The accent colors can be paired with of the Versa Note’s seven exterior colors and two interior shades, resulting in tens of possible combinations.
The Color Studio program also comes with a special website that offers a full 360-degree view of the Versa Note in all colors and combinations. The said page will go live here starting November 17th.
"The expansion of the Color Studio program to the active lifestyle Versa Note builds on the success of last year’s Juke Color Studio," said Pierre Loing, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America. "As we found with Juke, a little color — or a lot — dramatically changes the look of a vehicle and there’s no easier way to make a ride stand out than the convenient, affordable Color Studio process. We believe Versa Note owners are going to embrace the concept just as much as Juke owners do."
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One of the funkiest cars in the market today is about to get funkier. Not content with designing one of the most polarizing vehicles today, Nissan is giving its customers the chance to play dress-up with their own Juke models through its new personalization program, Color Studio. For an added cost, customers will have the freedom to choose individual colors for 12 different parts of the Juke. The idea, it seems, is to add personalized touches on the crossover to make it stand out even more, as if its quirky design doesn’t to that enough already.
For example, a customer opts to buy a Pearl White Juke. With the Color Studio, that customer can change the color of the headlight trim rings to red, turn the front and rear bumper accents blue, add yellow side sills, and splash some orange on the wheels. The result may not be to everyone’s liking, but for that particular customer, it might be worth paying the premium for turning his Juke into his own personal rainbow car, or in this case, a Rainbow Juke.
For better or for worse, that’s the objective of the Nissan Color Studio. There’s a chance that somebody might make the Juke a little more fashionable, but as much as that is likely to happen, so is the very real possibility that we’ll be seeing a lot of hideous-looking Jukes in the future.
It’s the price we must all pay now that Nissan has introduced the Color Studio into our lives.
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When Nissan unveiled the new Juke Nismo , it also announced that it was simply the tip of the iceberg for the new Nismo family. We have already seen the GT-R Nismo that followed it, and now a new Sentra Nismo Concept. This concept is on display next to the GT-R Nismo at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, and we have big hopes to see it put into production.
The concept features the usual Nismo elements, like the more powerful engine, the aerodynamic kit, tuned suspensions and a high performance braking system, red accents all over and, of course, a sporty interior.
The Sentra Nismo Concept rocks a Bright Pearl White exterior paint combined with a carbon fiber pattern on numerous exterior elements and the staple Nismo red line on the front spoiler lip, the side skirts, the rear spoiler and the exterior mirrors.
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Considering how surprisingly popular the Nissan Juke has been since it was first introduced a few years ago, nobody’s going to hold it against Nissan if it continued to produce more powerful versions of the funky-looking crossover.
To be fair, it’s hard to top the 500-horsepower Juke-R, but Nissan has continuously produced more and more powerful versions of the Juke, and at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, another one is set to grace us with its presence.
The new tuned-up crossover will pick up where the Juke Nismo left off. Taking that into account, the Juke Nismo RS offers an even more powerful engine, sport-tuned suspension with new springs and shock absorbers. There will also be a more aggressive exterior look, an updated interior and other cool Nismo features.
Updated 11/20/2013: This review was updated with the official details, images and specs.
Updated 02/28/2014: Nissan announced today prices for the 2014 Juke Nismo RS which will be put on sale at national dealers later this spring. Prices for the sporty crossover will start from $26,120.
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Last month, Nissan unveiled the Japanese specifications for the 2013 Nissan GT-R and announced that the 2014 U.S. model year will be making its world debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. As we expected, the 2014 U.S.-spec GT-R will be nearly identical to the 2013 JDM-spec GT-R, but American customers will enjoy a few more updates, thus avoiding completely disappointing us.
The updates are mostly limited to minor tweaks to the engine’s internals. Despite these minor adjustments, the 2014 GT-R will carry over the same output specifications as it had in 2013. AS we all know, horsepower is only a portion of the equation. You also need to reach the peak-output rpm in an efficient manner, and this is where Nissan made most of its changes – what most people simply refer to a “throttle response.”
So, are these improvements worthy of trading in your 2013 model year for?
Updated 01/24/2012: Nissan has just released the official prices for the 2014 GT-R, which is now on sale at the dealers nationwide. Bad news is that when compared last year’s model, the 2014 model year prices have been increased by $2,770. As a result, the 2014 GT-R Premium is priced at $99,590 and the GT-R Black Edition comes in at $109,300.
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Described as a super-lightweight sports tourer that showcases organic synthesis, the Nissan iV is an innovative zero-emissions vehicle that fits into Nissan’s vision of seeing a world where green energy infrastructures have matured and become their own self-sustaining system.
As Nissan’s official entry into the LA Design Challenge, the iV is the offspring of both nature’s intelligent beauty and the minds and hands of human ingenuity. Contrary to how cars are currently built, the iV’s parts are cultivated similar to how it’s done today in agriculture using a sustainable, carbon-neutral process.
Nissan is keeping line with the requirements of this year’s LA Design Challenge – an emphasis on building lightweight vehicles while minimizing the consumption of our planet’s resources – building the iV Concept using an interwoven organic frame with the chassis material – a fast-growing ivy and re-enforced with spider silk composite - being synthetically grown and formed to turn into a piece of strong yet extremely lightweight aerodynamic body. The vehicle’s interior, which seats four people, is made from photovoltaic material that remarkably weighs 99% less than standard glass.
The iV Concept also has a slim bio-battery that provides the car with tremendous stability and driving range that works through a regenerative super-capacitor technology, recouping as much as 60% of kinetic energy used by the vehicle.
Nissan also outfitted the iV Concept with state-of-the-art safety features, including the brand’s Safety Shield program that prevents collisions from happening and greatly reduces the weight of the vehicle by taking out a number of parts standard in today’s cars, including bumpers, airbags, and even beams.
Using the age-old adage that ‘less is more’ Nissan’s iV concept is the perfect example of a vehicle that inspires a future where cars are known less for their gas-guzzling ways but more for their unbridled efficiency, both in aesthetics and in performance.
Press Release after the jump.
After a series of teaser images unveiled this past summer, Nissan has finally brought out the new generation Quest at the Los Angels Auto Show. It will be offered in four well-equipped models: S, SV, SL and LE, with prices starting from $27,750.
The new generation Quest gets a new exterior design with a bold bumper, horizontal grille, and headlights. Take a look at the back of the vehicle and you’ll see rear “boomerang” taillights and tailgate finisher. Other features include full surround privacy glass, black sash molding, and chrome trim accents. The wheels spin round in a standard 16-inch or 18-inch size. The Quest exterior design is also one of the most wind-efficient, with a 0.32 Cd for the Quest S model.
The interior gets a theater-style interior layout with raised 2nd and 3rd rows. The front seating features a special “trilaminar” structure, which uses three types of cushions to distribute body pressure more evenly than traditional padding.
Under the hood there is a 3.5-liter DOHC V6 engine with 253 HP and 236 lb-ft of torque. The engine incorporates a twin Nissan Variable Induction Control System (NICS), micro finished camshaft and crankshaft surfaces, DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) coated valve lifters, resin intake manifold, forged crankshaft, digital knock control system, high capacity muffler, and lightweight aluminum block and cylinder heads.
Press release after the jump.
Nissan wanted to be unique; and they did it with the new Murano CrossCabriolet; the world’s only crossover convertible revealed today at Los Angeles Show. Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet is only available in one version: 3,5 liter V6 AWD priced at $46,390. The only available options include: Carmel interior $500, Cashmere & brown top interior $500 and splash quads $125.
In order to transform a crossover into a convertible model Nissan added new front doors (7.9 inches longer than 4-door Murano front doors) and has eliminated the B-pillars. The cloth convertible top includes a rear glass skylight, helping create a wide-open interior environment even with the top in the closed position.
The difference between this and a standard Murano is also given by High Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional xenon projector headlights with auto on/off function, front fog lights and Nissan 370Z-inspired LED taillights, body-colored front and rear bumpers, chrome door handles, body-colored dual power/heated outside mirrors, and rear window defroster with timer.
The Murano CrossCabriolet is powered by a 3.5-liter 24-valve DOHC V6 producing 265 HP and 248 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a standard second-generation Xtronic CVT™ with Adaptive Shift Control (ASC). It comes equipped with 4-wheel vented disc brakes with Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Brake Assist (BA) and Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and G-sensor.
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Nissan has taken part in the Los Angeles Auto Show by bringing with them a concept that will redefine Nissan’s sedan language. It may slither its way into the background due to the extravagant and elaborate concepts being shown as part of the Design Challenge, but this is one concept that definitely deserves a second glance, maybe even a third. Nissan says this is not a preview for any production model, but we do expect to see plenty of features borrowed from this concept and put into their future models.
The Ellure’s exterior is defined by a deeply skirted front fascia and a bold solid-transparent front grille with small openings, which direct the wind over and under the body. The full underbody pan, molded side rearview camera housings, and small wheel openings add to the design of the vehicle while the 21-inch 5-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels complete the look. The front grille was inspired by the “Kamishino” Samurai formal coat.
The interior of the Ellure plays off of the idea of light and dark with an instrument panel covered in chrome-free leather and front seats covered with a black eco-suede utilizing recycled fibers. Drawing one’s attention immediately is the “floating” center console with a sculptural, see-through effect. It is covered in white leather with red nighttime lighting shining through. The red lighting spreads to the all-glass ceiling where there is also special red mood lighting. A console-mounted central controller provides intuitive control for HVAC, audio, navigation and other functions.
Going along with the times, the Ellure is also a hybrid concept. It combines a supercharged 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder with Intelligent Dual Clutch Control and a 25 kW electric motor, matched with an Xtronic CVT and front-wheel drive.
Press release after the jump.
Unveiled back in 2009 with an even sharper Z shape, Nissan is already making minor improvements to the second year 370Z. Upgrading items like the Navigation Package contents, heated mirrors and in cabin micro filter to improve air quality as well as one new tantalizing color, Black Cherry, all starting at just $29,990.
Compared to the old Z33 350Z’s four trim lineup (regular, Enthusiast, Touring and Grand Touring), the current generation Z34 will only be sold in base and Touring trims. Allowing owners a bit more creature comfort, the Japanese automaker will then allow new car buyers two option packages, Sport and Navigation. Powered by a VQ37VHR 3.7 Liter V6 with VVEL rated at 332 HP and 270 lb-ft of torque, mated to either a 6 speed manual or a 7 speed automatic with auto blipping Downshift Rev Matching and Adaptive Shift Contro. The combination is good for an estimated 18 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway.
The exterior design revisions include sharpened boomerang HID light clusters as well as a revised front end and wider arches. Meanwhile the interior benefits from a few new upgraded materials while maintaining the classic trio of gauges on the dash. It would appear that Nissan only improved upon what we thought was pretty perfect.
Full details in the press release after the jump.
First launched in 2003, the Murano SUV is entering the 2009 MY with a new exterior, interior and enhanced technology. For 2009, Murano is being offered in five different versions: S 2WD, S AWD, SL 2WD, SL AWD and LE AWD, with prices ranging from $27,680 to $37,260.
For 2009, Murano comes with a wide front end with a dynamic front fascia design, a wide grille with large integrated headlights, strong body side character lines with pronounced 18-inch or 20-inch wheels and tires and a distinctive rear end set off by an expansive rear glass area and LED taillights.
The 2009 Murano is powered by a revised 265-hp 3.5-liter DOHC V6 backed by a new advanced Xtronic CVT™ (Continuously Variable Transmission), with a front-wheel drive or an advanced all-wheel drive drivetrain. Murano also features a new D-platform, as well as new suspension, body structure and state-of-the-art steering for improved ride comfort and precise handling.
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The latest incarnation of the SE-R joins the Nissan lineup in March 2007 with two exciting versions, the Sentra SE-R and the higher horsepower Sentra SE-R Spec V. Both the new SE-R and SE-R Spec V are powered by Nissan’s advanced 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine (QR25DE) and are equipped with a range of unique performance-oriented equipment and features, including standard 17-inch wheels and tires, 4-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and specially tuned electric power (...)
The Nissan Altima is a car on the move. With its next generation design for the 2007 model year, Nissan’s best-selling vehicle in the United States is poised for even greater success as it establishes segment leadership in style, design, performance and innovation. The next-generation Altima is also expanding its model offerings with a new Altima Hybrid, set to go on sale in select markets in January 2007, and a dramatically styled new Altima Coupe, which will go on sale as a 2008 model in summer 2007.
Now that the Versa will be hanging around in North American Nissan dealerships, the Sentra is free to grow up some. The 2007 bread-and-butter car is longer and wider than its predecessor, and comes with a longer list of standard equipment, thereby allowing a fatter price tag. The next Sentra should have launched a year ago, but that one was killed when it found no love among focus groups. This clean and unexciting look, to do battle with Jettas and Corollas, goes on sale in the fall and will get a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.