Almera gets modern exterior and premium interior upgrades
Nissan has unveiled the updated 2014 Almera in Mumbai, India. The midlife makeover has been due since the model made its debut in Thailand, October of 2011. It made a much-delayed arrival to the Philippines January of 2013.
The update gives the rather unappealing Almera subcompact new boomerang-shaped headlights, a larger front grill similar to the Altima and Sylphy, new tail lamps, and revised front and rear bumper.
Inside, the center console receives a significant update as it receives a piano black treatment for a more premium feel, while a new steering wheel also replaces the rather basic looking one on the previous generation. The Indian release gets a 5.1-inch infotainment system with an integrated reverse camera.
Nissan has decided to retain the 1.5-liter powerplant producing 99 PS and 134 Nm. It is mated to either a 5-speed manual gearbox or an Xtronic CVT.
The subcompact has been performing poorly in the Philippines due to its unpopular styling as compared to more aggressively styled fresh offerings from competitors like the Chevrolet Sonic, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, Mitsubishi Mirage G4, Toyota Vios and the recently revealed Honda City.
It still remains the most spacious being the longest in terms of overall length and wheelbase at 4425mm and 2600mm, respectively.