The first of the two generations arrived here in March 1989. The three-door hatchback 'coupe' was well equipped and competitively priced. Thanks to a 1.8-litre turbocharged engine, performance was brisk but the power arrived all at once; the zero to 60 dash took under seven seconds.
In June 1991 an additional model joined the standard car but lasted just a year or so. Called Executive, it boasted a lot more standard equipment. If you're after a car with leather trim, air conditioning and a CD player, then seek out one of these models.
The 200SXi was replaced in November 1994 by the restyled, larger-engine, second generation 2.0-litre 200SX. It was now a 'proper' two-door coupe with a boot instead of a hatchback. There were both standard and Touring versions; the latter had leather, air-con and CD player plus body add-ons and spoilers. These new cars sold steadily and changes were minimal until the 1997 model year versions were released late in 1996.
Revisions included restyled headlamps, grille, front spoiler, bonnet, front wings and side skirts to give what Nissan called a lower, wider appearance. Again, there was a base car and a higher-spec Touring model. Steering column audio controls were added in 1997.