It looks like Nissan Philippines Inc (NPI) is already busy testing the refreshed version of its B-segment sedan.
After making its global debut at last year's Miami Auto Show, the 2023 Nissan Almera facelift is set to make its Philippine debut very soon. Why do we say this? Well, an eagle-eyed individual was able to take pictures of what looks like the sedan mentioned above being driven somewhere along EDSA.
Despite having camouflaged panels hiding most of its exterior bits, it's easy to see that this is in fact the updated Almera. It also has a conduction plate that starts in F which is currently designated for Nissan in the country.
US-Spec 2023 Nissan Almera front
Beginning with its front fascia, the facelifted Almera comes with new horizontal slats on the corners of the grille, along with sharper LED headlights. If you take a look at the US-spec model that was revealed last year, it has the same styling elements.
Like the front end, the rear portion of the vehicle has also been camouflaged with false panels. This leads us to believe that the automaker has made some significant, if not subtle, revisions to its rear quarter panels, trunk design, and taillights.
There are no pictures yet of the refreshed Almera's cabin. But just like what was revealed for the US market, we can expect the PH-spec to have a similar look. While the changes are not so obvious, we won't be surprised if it will have new and updated features like a wireless charging pad, a new center armrest for the driver/front passenger, and perhaps more stylish trim pieces and accents.
US-Spec 2023 Nissan Almera rear
Under the hood, the 2023 Almera will most likely continue to be powered by a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder. It makes 100 PS at 5000 rpm and 160 Nm of torque between 2400 to 4000 rpm. It benefits from an automatic start/stop system aimed at saving fuel.
There are no details yet from NPI as to when they will be actually launching the updated B-segment sedan. But given that Thailand (where NPI gets the Almera) has yet to reveal it, this could mean that Nissan is merely testing a prototype version in The Land of Smiles and the Philippines.
With the 2023 Bangkok International Motor Show set to happen next week, we might see the facelifted Nissan Almera debut there first before the automaker unwraps it here. Fingers crossed that is what will happen.