These latest spy shots show the new Nissan Almera testing
The new five-door model will be built in Spain
Production of the new Almera is set to begin in July next year
Although not yet officially called the Almera, the model is set to revive the name for Nissan
Nissan says getting the new car right is "not an easy or quick answer"
The company says the popularity of the Qashqai has bought it time to develop the Almera
Nissan says beating established class leaders like the Golf won't be a styling challenge
As well as the Golf, the new Almera will face competition from the Ford Focus
The new car has been designed exclusively in Europe
Nissan says cars in this class need to look conventional
With that in mind, it's expected that the Almera won't include a radical design
Meanwhile, the Qashqai is expected to become more radical
Nissan says it 'cannot just be a crossover brand'
Nissan design chief Shiro Nakamura said: “We cannot just be a crossover brand. We can make the Almera work. Getting it right is not an easy or quick answer, but the results of the Qashqai have bought us time.
“We can get it right, and that means standing up to some of the toughest opposition. Beating the Golf won’t be a styling challenge; it is more complex than that. These kinds of cars need to look conventional.”
It has also been confirmed that the new Almera will be designed exclusively for Europe.