Last week, Nissan Philippines Inc. (NPI) surprised everyone when they revealed teaser images of the next-generation Almera.
Despite the shadowy photos showing only portions of the all-new sedan, we already have an idea of what the Philippine-spec model will look like thanks to an eagle-eyed reader who spotted camouflaged units being tested on local roads. We also got a close-up look at the upcoming sedan when it made its regional debut at the 2019 Thailand International Motor Expo.
The exact specifications of the Philippine-spec model have not been revealed. However, Nissan Philippines did confirm that it will be available with a turbocharged 1.0-liter inline-three. But beyond that, there are no new details yet that Nissan is willing to share.
But what can we expect? We recently checked out the Thai-spec Almera over at the Nissan Thailand website to see what's available. What caught our attention was the amount of equipment available. On high-grade variants, the Almera can come with touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay, automatic climate control, stylish 15-inch alloy wheels, and even LED foglights.
What we didn't expect is the availability of Nissan Intelligent Mobility. That's right, the company's suite of smart safety systems can be equipped on the all-new Almera. From the intelligent around-view monitor (IAVM), moving object detection (MOD), rear-cross traffic alert (RCTA), and hill-start assist (HSA), the 2022 Almera intends to make driving safer for everyone.
On higher-grade variants, more intelligent features such as forward collision warning (FCW), intelligent emergency braking (IEB), and blind-spot warning (BSW) become available for the sedan. These features help the driver avoid a possible accident from happening, or lessen the impact of a crash.
As mentioned earlier, the PH-spec Almera will be powered by a 1.0-liter turbocharged engine. It makes 120 PS with 152 Nm of torque and is connected to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). There are no other engine options besides the 1.0-liter three-cylinder, and there's also no manual transmission available. That means the all-new Almera for the PH market will also most likely only come with a CVT.
The Thai-spec model should give us a good idea of what features we might be getting for the Philippine-spec Almera. We really hope NPI offers the 2022 Almera with Nissan Intelligent Mobility. If we're lucky, Nissan might also offer the Sportech versions of the Almera to the country.