Edaran Tan Chong Motor has previously confirmed that the all-new, fourth-generation Nissan Almera will be introduced in Malaysia next year, and it looks like local testing of the B-segment sedan has already begun, based on these photos of camouflaged examples provided by paultan.org reader Kevin Lee. This isn’t the first time we’ve spotted the model in Malaysia, as we’ve also seen covered units on trailer earlier in October.

The silver and white cars were spotted along Jalan Dutamas Raya recently, and despite the copious amounts of camouflage applied on them, it’s clear that we’re indeed looking at the new Almera – cues such as the prominent V-motion grille, kinked window line and faux rear diffuser are clear giveaways here.

Aside from the exterior finishing, there are other noticeable differences between the two cars, indicating there will be a few variants that will be offered. Looking at the photos, the silver car should be the lower-spec variant, as it appears to feature halogen headlamps and smaller wheels compared to the white car that seems to sport LED headlamps as well as larger (and more stylish) wheels.

The new Almera has already been launched in Thailand, where it is available with a sole powertrain that consists of a HRA0 1.0 litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine (100 PS at 5,000 rpm and 152 Nm of torque from 2,400 to 4,000 rpm) and an Xtronic CVT with D-Step Logic driving the front wheels.

The mill replaces the previous-generation, Thailand-spec Almera’s HR12DE 1.2 litre NA three-cylinder (79 PS and 106 Nm), and offers more torque than the larger-displacement HR15DE 1.5 litre NA four-cylinder (102 PS and 139 Nm) that is being used in the current Almera we get here.

In the United States – where the Almera is known as the Versa – the model is offered with a HR16DE 1.6 litre naturally-aspirated four-pot that makes 124 PS and 154 Nm, with either a five-speed manual or X-tronic CVT paired to it.

It isn’t known which engine(s) will be the one fitted to Malaysian-spec cars, and the same can be said about the list of standard equipment. Referring to our neighbours in the north, the highest-spec VL variant comes with fabric upholstery, LED fog lamps, a seven-inch instrument cluster display, automatic air-conditioning, along with an eight-inch Nissan Connect infotainment system with six speakers.

The range-topper in Thailand also has a rather comprehensive list of safety equipment, with six airbags (front, side and curtain), Vehicle Dynamic Control, ABS, EBD, BA, Hill Start Assist and the Nissan Intelligent Safety suite – Forward Collision Warning, Emergency Braking, Around View Monitor, Moving Object Detection, Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Compared to its predecessor, the new Almera rides on the Common Modular Family (CMF-B) platform, and now measures 4,495 mm long (+70 mm) and 1,740 mm wide (+45 mm), 1,460 mm tall (-40 mm) with a wheelbase of 2,620 mm (+20 mm). The styling isn’t much of a surprise by now, as it is significantly more dynamic than before, with an interior that features a new “Gliding Wing” dashboard lifted from the Kicks crossover – this is said to come after the Almera.

The B-segment sedan market in Malaysia is certainly about to get a lot more interesting, as the Almera will have to fend off competition from the latest Honda City, facelifted Mazda 2 and Toyota Vios when both eventually end up here. Which one gets your money, and why? Let us know in the comments below.

GALLERY: 2020 Nissan Almera VL at the Thai Motor Expo