The Nissan Almera is not just limited to developing markets. It’s available in the US as well, known there as the Nissan Versa Sedan. And like its ASEAN counterpart, the booted Versa has just received a mid-life facelift.
In the US, the sole engine is the HR16DE, a 1.6 litre normally-aspirated engine producing 109 hp and 145 Nm of torque. The engine has dual-CVTC variable valve timing, and is fitted with a dual-injector system to deliver a finer fuel spray. Three different transmissions are available depending on trim level – a five-speed manual, a four-speed automatic, or an Xtronic CVT gearbox.
Although the exterior looks largely similiar with differences such as alloy wheel design, the interior has a completely different centre dash stack compared to design in our Almera. While the facelifted Almera gets a gloss black curved centre stack, the Versa Sedan’s is more angular and has no gloss.
Safety specs include a full suite of six airbags, as well as Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS).