N18 Nissan Almera at KLIA, 2020 launch?

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After a dearth of latest Nissan fashions for what appeared like an eternity, native distributor Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) has lastly hit the bottom operating with some product launches. Over the previous two years, the corporate launched the brand new Serena, facelifted X-Path and new Leaf, and if these spyshots are any indication, it will likely be including yet one more mannequin comparatively quickly – the brand new N18 Almera.

These pictures, which come from The Ajerul Fb web page, present 4 items of the B-segment sedan on a trailer, and whereas the vehicles are nonetheless principally lined up, the seen facet profile and the design of the bigger 16-inch two-tone alloy wheels on the higher-spec mannequin level it out as the brand new Almera.

The presence of those vehicles close to the KLIA Cargo Village implies that the vehicles are almost certainly being shipped out, quite than in – most likely to Japan for testing functions. There are two items every of the low- and high-spec variants, which may imply that they’re headed for crash assessments (one for frontal impression, one for facet), and it additionally implies that ETCM might proceed to supply totally different security gear for every variant.

Beforehand teased in the course of the media take a look at drive of the facelifted X-Path earlier this yr, the arrival of the Almera has been pencilled in for subsequent yr. Will probably be adopted by the closely-related Kicks crossover, in addition to the bigger next-generation Sylphy in a while.

Revealed in April because the Versa for the USA market, the brand new Almera rides on the Frequent Modular Household (CMF-B) platform shared with the brand new March and Renault Clio. It incorporates a extra distinctive design in comparison with the outgoing mannequin, with a outstanding “V-motion” grille, trapezoidal headlights (LEDs non-compulsory, with boomerang-shaped LED daytime operating lights), blacked-out C-pillars and sharp two-piece tail lights.

The inside has additionally been overhauled, outfitted with a brand new “Gliding Wing” dashboard lifted from the Kicks. Within the US, the Versa is obtainable with options reminiscent of a big instrument show, a touchscreen head unit with Apple CarPlay, keyless entry and begin, auto local weather management, heated entrance seats and the Nissan Security Defend 360 suite of driver assists.

These embody autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, auto excessive beam and non-compulsory blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise management, although it stays to be seen which of those methods – if any – will make it to our market.

Technical particulars have but to be revealed, however whereas the Versa will get a 122 hp/154 Nm 1.6 litre HR16DE naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine paired to an Xtronic CVT, we’re anticipating the Almera to soldier on with the identical 102 PS/139 Nm 1.5 litre HR15DE unit as earlier than.