Nissan Golf rival spied

10 Dec, 2012 5:30pm Luke Madden

Nissan will launch a family hatch in 2014, and our spies have caught the first glimpse of the Golf rival

Nissan is working on a new Volkswagen Golf rival and we’ve finally got pictures of one of the early prototypes, ahead of its launch in 2014.

The newcomer will be built at Nissan’s Sunderland plant in the UK and is expected to look completely different from the car in our pictures. This prototype uses a Nissan Tiida body as a disguise but the all-new running gear is underneath.

Instead, we’re expecting a look inspired by the Invitation concept - which was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in Match - including the sharp headlights and ‘squash line’ in the flanks. The new car won’t share a name with the concept, though, and Nissan bosses have told us: “It won’t use the Almera name… But it will be familiar.”

The range is likely to kick off with a new 1.2-litre turbo petrol with 113bhp and 190Nm of torque, capable of returning more than 50mpg. The biggest seller, though, will be a 1.6 diesel with around 128bhp, sub-100g/km CO2 emissions and 65mpg economy.

A Nismo hot-hatch version is also on the cards, with more than 200bhp from a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine.