Unveiled at the New York Auto Show as the Nissan Versa (its name in the US), the new Almera gets a restyled grille, headlights and front bumper, along with revised rear styling.
The rear is now equipped with a spoiler for the sportiest of the US Versa range, although the current model’s tail lights appear to have been retained for 2014.
Inside, the new Almera gets simplified air conditioning controls, a new steering wheel, a touch screen and revised gauges.
In Australia, the Almera ST is currently offered in both five-speed manual and four-speed automatic variants, along with the range-topping Ti model in automatic only.
Power for all models comes from a 1.5 litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 75kW and 139Nm, with fuel consumption listed at 6.3 l/100km for the manual and 6.9 for the auto.
The current model Versa in the US gets a 1.6 litre engine and adds a CVT automatic to the transmission range offered in Australia. These power train options in their current specifications are expected to carry over for 2014.
Pricing in the US will start at $11,990 (AU$12,843) with Nissan declaring the new Versa the cheapest new car in the US.
The ST manual in Australia currently starts at $16,990 plus on-roads while the Ti auto is priced from $20,990.
Local timing and pricing for the new Nissan Almera is unclear, but watch for an arrival in Australian showrooms sometime in 2015.
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