All-new Nissan Almera gets smaller 1.0-liter turbocharged engine

The latest generation of this subcompact sedan has been revealed in Thailand
by Leandre Grecia | Nov 15, 2019
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We previously announced that Nissan will be unveiling the all-new Almera in Thailand. Now that the vehicle has been revealed, it turns out our assumptions were correct: The latest iteration of the Almera does look identical to the Versa, which we guessed would be the case judging by the initial teaser Nissan had released.

It features the signature V-Motion grille up front, making it a lot sleeker and more stylish than its predecessor. Sharper-looking headlights paired with thinner foglamps complete the front fascia. A sportier stance is provided by smooth lines that flow from the hood to the rear, where the new-look taillights can be found. Unfortunately, the Almera released in Thailand comes only with 15-inch wheels without the two-toned, machine-finished design.

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We weren’t given the slightest glimpse of the interior in Nissan’s previous teaser, but we’re glad to see now that the cabin is similar to the Versa’s as well. It’s mostly fitted with dark materials for a modern and premium vibe, while contrast is provided by light-colored accents on the dashboard, the steering wheel, and the seats.

Surprisingly, the new Nissan Almera gets a smaller 1.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine that generates 99hp and 152Nm of torque—something we haven’t seen before in this vehicle. The mill is mated to Nissan’s Xtronic CVT with D-Step Logic Control for all available variants.

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Speaking of variants, there are five trim levels available for the Almera in Thailand, namely: S, E, EL, V, and VL. The Nissan Intelligent Mobility system is now made available starting with the EL midlevel variant, which is equipped with Intelligent Forward Collision Warning and Intelligent Emergency Braking. The higher V variant gets the Intelligent Around View Monitor and moving object detection, while the top-spec VL trim adds blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert. The two highest specs also get Apple CarPlay connectivity—sadly, the current infotainment system isn’t compatible with Android Auto just yet.

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Color options include Black Star, Gun Metallic, Monarch Orange, Radiant Red, Brilliant Silver, and Storm White. Again, do note that the specs mentioned here are for the Thai-market model. In Thailand, the Almera’s price ranges from THB 499,000 (around P835,000) to THB 639,000 (roughly P1,070,300).

What do you think about the all-new Nissan Almera? Are you looking forward to seeing this arrive in the Philippine market?

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