A new Nissan Almera designed for the Russian car market has been unveiled today at the Moscow motor show.
Built on the new Renault-Nissan production line in Togliatti, Russia, the Almera is a four-door, five-seat saloon designed to withstand the extreme weather conditions experienced in Russia.
As a result, the Almera features an enhanced chassis, thicker steel and a strengthened upper body structure to ensure it can withstand the tough road and weather conditions. It has an extended ground clearance of 160mm (reduced to 145mm at the steel plate that covers the engine).
The Almera will be powered by Nissan’s 1.6 litre, 16-valve petrol engine which delivers 102bhp and 107lb ft of torque. It will be available with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic gearbox. It is 4656mm long and has a wheelbase of 2700mm – the longest in its class.
Nissan claims the interior is notably larger than class rivals and features a 500-litre boot. There is also space for a full-sized spare wheel. The car will be available in three trim levels – Welcome, Comfort and Tekna.
The Almera, which hasn’t been part of Nissan’s UK model range since the mid-2000s, will go on sale in Russia in early 2013.