Some brands invite the press when they want to launch a new model, while other brands do it online with all the cool digital stuff and marketing. Not for Nissan, though. The Japanese marque had an ecstatic idea in mind for launching the 2020 Versa subcompact sedan or, as far as the Filipino market is concerned, the 2020 Almera.
The 2019 Almera was launched at the Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival in Lauderdale, Florida. The car struck the public with the completely-restyle exterior that now features a V-Motion grille seen on its bigger siblings. It adopted the latest “Emotional Geometry” design of the bigger sedans Maxima and Altima, which were both introduced in 2018.
Inside is a renewed cabin, far from the bulky and curvy-oriented interior of the previous-generation model. The 2019 Almera now features a neat and straightforward dashboard design that’s easy to the eyes. It features the “Gliding Wing” instrument panel, as well as a D-shaped steering wheel for a sportier driving experience. For cabin comfort, the 2019 Almera’s interior is wrapped with orange stitching-accentuated black leather and fabric.
"This third-generation Versa design is all about the proportion and stance, to the point where we expect people to look at it and say, ‘Wow, is that a Versa(Almera)?’ The wheels are pushed out, there's an imposing grille presence, everything about it says lower, wider, longer.”
Meanwhile, aside from the aesthetic aspects, Nissan also focused heavily on technology. This is why the 2019 Almera now showcases the Nissan Safety Shield 360, which is a prime example of the Nissan Intelligent Mobility. This system provides front, side, and rear safety monitoring and intervention capabilities.
Standard features include Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Automatic Braking, Lane Departure Warning and High Beam Assist. Available equipment includes Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Intelligent Driver Alertness, and Intelligent Cruise Control.
The next-generation Almera will be powered by a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that’s capable of 122 hp and 155 Nm of torque. It comes with an enhanced Xtronic transmission (CVT) or a 5-speed manual. This is obviously a larger engine compared to the 1.5-liter, even the transmission is better. The previous model is capable of 99 hp and 134 Nm of torque. We can clearly see how better it’s gotten after almost eight years since the previous iteration.
You know the drill if you want to know more about this car when it arrives in the Philippine market. The 2020 Nissan Almera will go on sale in the United States around June to August. We could expect to see this model before this year ends, or sooner. There is no information from Nissan Philippines, however, as to when it will be unveiled on the local soil.