The Nissan Sunny has been spotted again, this time by reader Jack at the Ayer Keroh highway rest stop. Unlike the previous time, it has been caught completely undisgiused, with even the Nissan and Almera badges on show. The Sunny is known as the Almera in some markets, such as in Thailand, where it’s an Eco Car powered by a three-cylinder 1.2L engine.
Not sure what this large B segment sedan will be called here when it comes, which it will, but we’re guessing that it won’t be sold here in 1.2 litre form. In Thailand, fuel economy is the main point of an Eco Car, but km/l alone will be a tough sell for the demanding Malaysian carbuyer. A 1.5 litre HR15DE four-pot, as used in China, is more likely.
Built on Nissan’s V platform that also underpins the March hatchback, the Almera is big bodied for a car aimed at the Vios and City segment, a similar approach chosen for the Latio. It is 4,425 mm long, 1,695 mm wide and 1,500 mm tall, while wheelbase is a class leading 2,600 mm. Nissan says that rear knee room is at D-segment levels, and having sat in it before, I agree. Boot space is 490 litres.
We were in Guangzhou where Nissan gave the Sunny its world debut – click here for details and pics.