The 2020 Nissan Almera‘s ASEAN debut is just around the corner now, with Nissan Thailand releasing a teaser video of the new B-segment sedan. Based on the countdown timer on the microsite, the Thai launch of the Almera will be happening next week.

The teaser video is a dark one with moving light shining on sections of the new Almera. Of note are the strong LED signatures at both ends, something the aged current Almera does not have. The inverted LED ticks in front are combined with Nissan’s signature V-Motion front end.

Moving to the sides, the new Almera may wear sharper styling than its bulbous predecessor, but the shape is still of a very spacious compact sedan. The design highlight on the profile is the visual connection between the side daylight opening with the rear screen, bisecting the C pillars in the process.

Revealed in April as the Versa for the United States market, the new Almera rides on the Common Modular Family (CMF-B) platform shared with the new March and Renault Clio.

The new Nissan Almera was recently spotted in Malaysia; click to enlarge

The interior has seen big change too; there’s a new “Gliding Wing” dashboard lifted from the Kicks crossover. In the US, the Versa is offered with features such as a large instrument display, a touchscreen head unit with Apple CarPlay, keyless entry and start, auto climate control, heated front seats and the Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite of driver assists.

These include autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, auto high beam and optional blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control, though it remains to be seen which of these systems – if any – will make it to ASEAN. The US Versa gets a 122 hp/154 Nm 1.6 litre HR16DE naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine paired to an Xtronic CVT.

Having already been spotted on our shores, the new Almera should be coming to Malaysia in the near future as well. Much better from Nissan, right? Honda is readying a new City as we speak, so we can look forward to interesting times in this segment.


GALLERY: 2020 Nissan Versa, US version