Nissan's new Almera light car is now on sale in Australia, arriving as a sedan companion to the Micra, launched here in 2010.
Priced from $16,990 (plus on-roads) and topping out at $20,990, the Almera is offered in two trim grades: entry-level ST, and up-spec Ti.
The Almera shares Nissan's global V-platform with the Micra, although the sedan gets a 100mm longer whelbase, and measures a full 715mm longer.
The extra length gives the Almera useful interior and storage space, with the 490 litre boot bettering the Hyundai Accent by 25 litres and the Toyota Yaris by 15 litres.
Power for the Almera is provided by the same 75kW/139Nm 1.5 litre petrol four cylinder currently found in the Micra, sending power to the front wheels through a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission.
Fuel consumption is listed at 6.3 l/100km with the manual, and 6.7 l/100km with the automatic.
The Almera's suspension package, like the Micra, employs MacPherson struts up front and a torsion beam arrangement at the rear.
Standard features in the entry ST grade include central locking and remote keyless entry, Bluetooth hands-free phone, steering-mounted audio controls and MP3 music compatibility.
The up-spec Ti adds rear park assist, climate control, intelligent keyless entry and push-button engine start.
The Ti also gets 15-inch alloy wheels, front fog lamps, a rear spoiler, variable intermittent wipers, and climate control.
Both models feature a multi-function computer tracking fuel consumption, providing distance-to-empty and service reminders, and other trip information.
Standard safety features for both models include dual front, side and curtain airbags, a driver seatbelt warning and alarm, three-point seatbelts, and ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist and vehicle dynamic control (electronic stability control).
"The Almera represents a new segment opportunity for Nissan in the Australian market, sitting alongside Micra in the light car segment," Nissan Australia boss William Peffer said.
"More people are looking to small cars, but their lifestyle still requires a car that can accommodate good cabin and boot space. The Almera answers that call," he added.
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