Nissan’s Micra-based city-sized Almera (badged Versa in the US) embraces the Japanese car maker’s corporate sedan face, with its reshaped headlights and a restyled grille and front bumper taking cues with the mid-sized Altima.
The sporty variant pictured also features a large lip spoiler and a remodelled rear bumper with a diffuser-style lower black plastic insert.
Refreshing the Almera’s cabin is a new centre stack, which gets restyled air conditioning controls similar to those of the Nissan Note hatchback sold overseas. A new steering wheel, revised instrument cluster with white LED backlighting, new seat fabrics and an updated infotainment also feature in the updated interior.
The US-market Nissan Versa sedan carries over its existing 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and five-speed manual, four-speed automatic and continuously variable transmission options.
The Almera sold in Australia is powered by a slightly smaller 75kW/139Nm 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, and is available with five-speed manual and four-speed auto gearboxes.
A Nissan Australia spokesman told CarAdvice the local division has no details about the updated Almera for our market, suggesting it’s unlikely to reach Australian showrooms until 2015.
Local Almera sales have fallen off a cliff this year, plummeting from 1001 in the first quarter of 2013 to just 76 so far this year. The Nissan Almera is priced from $16,990.