Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) is set to up the pace with its Nissan offerings from next year on. The new N18 Nissan Almera is set for Malaysia, with the fourth-generation B-segment sedan slated for introduction here, and this will be followed later by the Kicks B-segment crossover, which has already been reported as due for this market.

This was revealed by ETCM’s sales and marketing director Christopher Tan yesterday during the media drive of the T32 Nissan X-Trail facelift. He added that the new fourth-generation Sylphy was also slated for introduction here, but this will arrive after the Almera and Kicks.

While actual timelines weren’t specified, he said the ASEAN version of the Kicks will arrive after the Almera, which made its debut earlier this month as the Versa for the North American market. The sedan sits on the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s Common Modular Family (CMF-B), also known as the V platform and found on the fifth-generation Micra/March.

It’s quite a radical jump design-wise from the current car, which has been around locally since 2012. The new Almera wears a far sharper-looking suit, and its interior has a contemporary outlook, essentially a mirror of that found on the Kicks.

Tan said the all-electric second-gen Leaf remains on course for a mid-year debut, and revealed that there were no plans to introduce the facelifted L33 Teana here, with the D-segment sedan having been dropped from the local line-up. This streamlines the company’s passenger car range here to four models, the X-Trail facelift, Serena S-Hybrid, Almera and Navara pick-up.

He added that ETCM’s time-to-market introduction of new Nissan models is now set to improve considerably, the target being getting a model launched here no more than six months after its debut in neighbouring countries such as Thailand and Indonesia.

GALLERY: 2020 Nissan Versa (Almera)

GALLERY: Nissan Kicks

GALLERY: 2020 Nissan Sylphy