The local B-segment sedan will soon say hello to the all-new Nissan Almera. After making its world debut in Florida back in April, the new-generation Almera will be arriving in ASEAN next month and will be built at the company's Samut Prakan plant in Thailand.
It will reportedly make its ASEAN debut at the 2019 Thailand Motor Expo this coming November. We originally reported that the new Almera will get a 1.2-liter engine or the same 1.5-liter four-cylinder from before. However, it looks like the subcompact sedan will instead be powered by a downsized turbocharged engine.
According to Headlight Mag, the Almera could be powered by a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder dubbed the 'HR10DET'. It will supposedly make 100 PS at 5000 rpm along with 144 Nm of torque at 2000 rpm. Compared to the current 1.5-liter engine, the turbocharged three-cylinder makes 1 horsepower more and an additional 10 Nm. It was the powertrain of choice to meet Thailand's new Eco Car Phase II program, which offers incentives for low fuel consumption and low-emission cars.
As for its transmission options, the five-speed manual may be carried-over from the current generation. However, we might be saying goodbye to the good ol' four-speed automatic on the mid-range and top-of-the-line variants. Replacing it could be the Xtronic CVT which is seeing use in other models like the Sylphy and the X-Trail.
Besides getting a slightly more powerful engine under the hood, the new Almera could also come with Nissan Intelligent Mobility features for the first time. That means it may be fitted with the following driver aids like: forward collision warning, intelligent emergency braking, lane departure warning, 360-degree around-view monitor, as well as moving object and person detection system. Other features such as anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, and a host of airbags are also expected to be available in the 2020 Almera.
With Nissan Thailand apparently gearing up for its reveal this November, it might not be long before the Philippines also get the all-new Almera. But since Nissan Philippines Inc. (NPI) sources the current Almera from the UMPI (Yulon-owned) assembly plant in Santa Rosa, Laguna, the next-generation model could be locally-built as well, if the volume is sensible.
If the local assembly plant is currently retooling or is already in the final stages of updating the assembly line is unclear. If so, this could mean that the 2020 Almera could debut in Q1 or Q2 of next year. Fingers crossed it will come with the turbocharged engine, and be as loaded as the ones in Thailand.