QUICK LOOK: 2020 Nissan Almera – worthy City rival?

The new 2020 Nissan Almera has just been launched in Thailand, featuring a much better overall design, impressive safety kit, as well as a new 1.0 litre turbocharged three-cylinder DOHC engine that makes 100 hp and 152 Nm of torque. Just as a comparison, the new Honda City‘s 1.0L unit is more powerful, at 122 PS and 173 Nm.

In terms of styling, the new B-segment sedan is significantly more dynamic looking than the model it replaces. It wears the automaker’s signature V-Motion face, with looks that are largely inspired by larger Nissan sedans, such as the Altima and the new Sylphy/Sentra.

The interior also gets a big overhaul, with a new “Gliding Wing” dashboard that’s lifted from the Nissan Kicks. There’s a slick-looking part-digital instrument panel (seven-inch digital tacho and multi-info display, analogue speedo), an eight-inch touchscreen head unit with Apple CarPlay and synthetic leather front-facing dash panel with contrasting colour and stitching.

Lastly, safety. Depending on the variant, the Almera gets equipped with Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Intelligent Emergency Braking (AEB), Intelligent Around View Monitor (360-degree bird’s eye view) with Moving Object Detection, blind spot warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA). It’s available in six colours and there are some cosmetic and utility options as usual. So, like what you see, folks?

GALLERY: 2020 Nissan Almera VL at the Thai Motor Expo

GALLERY: 2020 Nissan Almera official images

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  • John Nak Kopi on Dec 03, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Ok good. At least doesn’t follow City which look like new Saga.

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    • Celup King on Dec 03, 2019 at 10:19 am

      It still follows City by mounting the rear mirrors on the door which makes it look like new Persona.

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      • Asam laksa on Dec 03, 2019 at 1:10 pm

        This new generation Almera is indeed designed very sleek unlike it’s previous gen. With this new look, it will for sure sell well and become a game changing sedan. This is why Proton must learn from Nissan so that they won’t make the same mistake with their ugly Persona

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        • Haidi on Dec 04, 2019 at 10:27 am

          Agree that the design is nice inside out, but the output produce by the 1.0L turbo engine is a doubt on its driving experience and performance.
          TanChong will give Malaysia an option of 1.5L NA model? I guess.

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  • Before that on Dec 03, 2019 at 10:08 am

    (Like) Toyota Vios
    (Dislike) Honda City

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  • RicKaz on Dec 03, 2019 at 10:11 am

    (Like) Nissan Almera
    (Dislike) Honda City

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  • Celup King on Dec 03, 2019 at 10:22 am

    Matt, you meant to say new City had downgraded from the lofty expectations put high after the huge amount of kit given in last facelifted City, just so it can compete on cost versus new Almera and new Vios ;-)

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  • U can forget about anything coming out of Tan Chong Motors : they only know how to cut costs & give u sub-standard products ! Remember the Sylphy & Teana which were already discontinued in M’sia due to poor sales & below par quality !?

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    • MengkuduMasam on Dec 05, 2019 at 10:40 am


      Nissan is jeopardizing its quality for cost minimization.

      Owner tend to suffer much after 2 3 years owning nissan. After one another need to replace & it cost u da bomb. Driveshaft, steering rack, sub frame, lower arm kaput in after 3years with normal city driving? like seriously?

      never happend this to my previous KIA though..

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  • tobacco on Dec 03, 2019 at 10:36 am

    almera is better than city or vios for long distance drive

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    • Lawson on Dec 04, 2019 at 6:25 am

      ALMERA does give a comfortable and relaxing long distance drive when holding at 100km/hr. A bit less noisy than Honda City. Handling?. Well, all cars have reasonable handling when holding at 100km/hr. Alemra handling is hairy when getting to 140km/hr. The 1.2 turbo engine from Captur will suit better for this new Alemra. What will the hp of this 1.0 turbo when rpm is still below 2200rpm?. At 2000rpm the present 1.5 litre engine in Honda City is already doing 100km/hr.

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  • cm How on Dec 03, 2019 at 11:08 am

    Nice , but when arrived in Malaysia may not look so good ….

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  • Ben Yap on Dec 03, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    nissan always develop engines less powerful than its rivals. their cars are for slow drivers.

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    • wrc59 on Dec 06, 2019 at 9:57 am

      The irony . So you’re saying GTR & fairlady arent powerful lol

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  • granny on Dec 03, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    (Like) Nissan Almera 1.0Turbo
    (Dislike) Geely Binyue 1.5Turbo

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  • alyy8128 on Dec 04, 2019 at 8:05 am

    The outer looks is fantastic.

    but, why they wrapped the dashboard with diaper?

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  • Sam loke on Dec 11, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Toyota better

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