At the Moscow International Auto Salon that took place this week, Japanese carmaker Nissan managed to present a lot of models. One of the highlights of the even was the new Almera sedan, a model that will only be available in Russia. Enthusiasts were really looking forward into meeting the car as since February, when Nissan revealed one teaser photo, there were no other information available. The new Nissan Almera sedan has as base the second generation the Bluebird Sylphy which uses the B-platform of the Japanese carmaker, which was actually used for the first time in 2005. To be more precise, Nissan introduced the 3rd generation of the Sylphy at the Auto Show that took place in Beijing. This will be marketed in Canada and North America as the new 2013 Sentra sedan, but it will also be used as base for the new Nissan Almera sedan for the Russian customers.
Actually, the engineers did not do a lot of modifications, but just changed the air vents on the front bumper, the tail lamps and the new front grille. The interior looks a lot like the interior of the Sylphy Mk2. The engineers offered these changes to handle the rough road conditions in Russia and so it is now in perfect alignment with the needs of Russian customers. The new Nissan Almera sedan has an improved suspension, but it also offers extra protection against poor road surfaces as it uses a 2 mm steel plate under the engine bay, but also a lot more used to protect other vulnerable elements like the fuel pipes and the brake.
Under the hood it hides a 1.6-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder petrol engine capable of developing 101 horsepower and 145 Nm of torque. To send the power to the wheels, the engineers have offered a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 4-speed automatic one. Sales are scheduled to start at the beginning of next year.
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