The Nissan Almera has made its market debut in Australia, available in three variant forms – ST manual, ST automatic and Ti automatic. In terms of powertrain figures, the Oz car is a dead ringer to what we’ll be getting here, with the HR15DE 1.5 litre engine offering 102 PS and 139 Nm for numbers. Likewise, transmission choices are a five-speed manual and four-speed automatic.
Among the standard kit on the Oz Almera are a Bluetooth hands-free phone system and four-speaker audio system with MP3 playback/auxiliary input jack. Also, the range-topping Almera Ti has rear park assist on top of the intelligent keyless entry and push-button engine start found also on our car, so perhaps you can expect to see most of the abovementioned kit on our top-spec’d Almera.
There’s ABS with EBD and brake assist as well, and to comply with Australian safety regulations, the Almera has Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and a complement of six airbags (dual front, side and curtain airbags), available across the entire range, although it is expected that the Malaysian Almera probably won’t get so many airbags.
Meanwhile, we’ll leave you with a selection of photos of the Oz car, including shots of the interior.