Nissan Philippines has been making a lot of noise in the commercial vehicle segment. After all, the Terra, Navara, and NV350 have been raking in sales in the country. But now, they're turning their attention to the humble subcompact sedan market by giving the Almera an update, albeit a mild one.
What exactly is new for 2019 in the Almera? You won't find much changes on the car's bodywork. By the looks of things, the rest of the body has been carried over from last year. Instead, Nissan expanded the color option range. These new colors are Sapphire Blue Metallic, Iridium Metallic Brown, and Lunar Metallic Gray, bringing the palette count to seven. Unfortunately, we don't get the Sportech variant in the country, which appears to be a Thailand-only model.
Another thing we don't get from the Thai-spec model is a new steering wheel. Whereas the model abroad gets the D-shaped wheel (like in the X-Trail), our spec sticks to the same design from the years that passed. On the flipside however, the Almera now has a feature that's been missing for quite some time already, which is a touchscreen entertainment system. With that, the car now has two USB ports, one by the screen and one by the dashboard. Like before, the top two models get automatic climate control and rear arm rests. The range topper on the other hand gets leatherette seats and a rear blower fan, among other things.
As for engines, that's the same as before. It starts with a 1.2-liter, three-cylinder mill with 79 PS and is only paired to a five-speed manual transmission. The rest of the range comes with a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine making 99 PS. It can be had with the aforementioned manual transmission or a four-speed automatic.
Prices for the 2019 Nissan Almera are as follows:
Almera 1.2L M/T: Php 657,000
Almera 1.5 E M/T: Php 735,000
Almera 1.5 E A/T: Php 824,000
Almera 1.5 V A/T: Php 900,000
Almera 1.5 VL A/T: Php 933,000