The Nissan Almera Nismo Performance Package concept has debuted at the latest round of the Super GT International Series in Malaysia.
A seemingly unlikely beneficiary of attention from Nissan's performance tuning division, the Almera Nismo concept features a sports body kit that clearly distinguishes it from the utilitarian city-sized production sedan.
Chunky bumpers and side skirts enhance the perception of muscularity from all angles, with thin grey and red strips lining the front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser.
A grey roof further defines the Almera concept as a Nismo creation, while silver, red and grey decals continue the colour theme beneath the windowsills. The concept’s 17-inch alloy wheels, mirror caps and bootlid spoiler are all finished in black.
A Nismo exhaust system with a larger round tailpipe and lowered sports suspension complete the Performance Package enhancements.
The Nissan Almera Nismo concept retains the production car’s 75kW/139Nm 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, which can be paired with either a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission.
Nismo is planning to make its performance parts available to Almera customers in the near future.
Nismo was officially named Nissan’s high-performance division in February, at which time it promised a full range of hotted-up production cars including a Nissan GT-R Nismo.
While unconfirmed at this stage, Nissan Australia is expected to launch the Nismo division as a performance halo to its local line-up, with the Juke Nismo and 370Z Nismo both a chance for our market.