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Nissan rolled out a pair vehicles today at the Chicago Auto Show that show a somewhat sporty side.

The first is the 2015 Nissan Versa Note SR which is somewhat sporty-ish. The SR adds revised front fascia with smoked headlamps, standard foglamps, and black chrome accents. Along with the changes to front, the SR comes with a dark-finished sixteen-inch wheels, revised mirrors, side sills, and a new rear spoiler. The interior also gets some enhancements as well with a 370Z-inspired leather-wrapped steering wheel, swede-like seats with orange accents, and piano black trim.

Those hoping for an enhancement in power with SR will be disappointed. The Versa Note SR sticks with the 1.6L inline-four engine with 109 horsepower and 107 pound-feet of torque. This is paired with Nissan's Xtronic CVT.

The Versa Note SR arrives sometime in the spring.

Nissan's other showing gives us a possible sneak peek into what they possibly have in store for the next-generation Frontier. This is the Frontier Diesel Runner Concept and Nissan is using this concept to gauge consumer interest for a diesel engine in the next-generation Frontier.

Taking a Frontier Desert Runner 4x2 as a starting point, Nissan and diesel partner, Cummins slips in a 2.8L four-cylinder diesel engine with nearly 200 horsepower and more than 350 pound-feet of torque. Paired with an eight-speed automatic, Nissan says the diesel engine boosts the Frontier's fuel economy by 35 percent when compared with the V6. Towing and payload would be roughly the same as the V6.

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There are some changes to the exterior such as a two-tone finish of high-gloss red and matte silver paired with carbon fiber trim and off-road wheels.

Our Take: Nissan has gotten the sporty looks with the Versa Note SR. Now if they could only add some more power.. Like a 1.6L turbo-four.

As for the Frontier Diesel Runner Concept, we wouldn't be surprised if the next-generation Frontier gets it. Especially if the Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon Diesel start selling like hot cakes.

Source: Nissan

William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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Nice write up. Agree more power for the Versa and the Diesel I would expect as they will be watching the GM twins and how well they do with a diesel.

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Versa Note SR looks cool v. its classmates... however, who wants a sport model with the crappy CVT as mandatory? A six speed manual is needed... STAT.

Cool to see GM leading the midsize pickup class clearly enough to see the competition scurrying to match them. I always liked Datsun pickups (an '86 1/2 Hardbody 4X4 has been my only Asian automotive purchase so far, bought new and kept 3 years), and the current Frontier is a nice truck, except for the dismal fuel mileage ratings (14/19 for the 4X4? pathetic). It'd be great to see them put a diesel in their Frontier... STAT.

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