Earlier this year, an eagle-eyed reader sent us pictures of the 2021 Nissan Sentra being tested on Philippine roads. Despite being covered in a camouflage livery, it's clear that Nissan is busy testing out the next-generation subcompact sedan for the local market. There's no exact date yet as to when it will be revealed, but this could mean that the local launch will be happening very soon.
Over in Thailand, however, the new Almera has been on the market for some time already. Recently, Nissan even revealed a special edition of the B-segment sedan. Called the Spotech, it receives a slight makeover that gives the Almera a sportier appearance compared to the other variants.
Designed and developed by Nissan's in-house tuning division, Autech, the Almera Sportech gets new front and rear bumpers, a glossy black front grille, and a rear spoiler. Other upgrades Autech fitted on the Almera include side mirror caps painted in silver and 15-inch black alloy wheels with a two-tone finish.
Aside from the exterior, the interior of the Almera Sportech also gets some classy upgrades. The door panels, front center console are now finished in black. Meanwhile, the side air vents are finished in dark metallic to give the cabin a sleeker and sportier appearance.
Providing in-car entertainment comes courtesy of an 8-inch touchscreen media display. It comes with navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, USB, and Aux.
Under the hood, the Thai-spec Almera Sportech is powered by a 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbo that makes 100 PS and 152 Nm of torque. The engine is then mated to an Xtronic CVT and comes with an Idling Stop function.
Will Nissan offer the Almera Sportech to the country? Perhaps, but it will depend on whether the company plans on bringing the special edition models to the Philippines. But assuming Nissan does bring the Sportech Almeras here, it could serve as a direct competitor against the likes of the Toyota Vios GR-S, and maybe even the Honda City RS.
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