SPOT THE DIFFERENCES: Nissan SA has added new headlights and bumpers and some electronic goodies inside for the 2014 model year. INSET: The 2013 version. Images: Quickpic
• Re-introduction of Almera to SA
• Updated face and interior
• Value for money ‘leader of the pack’
ROSSLYN, Gauteng - Nissan's Almera, launched only in August 2013, has already been updated looks and specs-wise with, of course, “greater value”.
Exterior changes include new headlights, a “more distinguished” chromed grille and reshaped front and rear bumpers. New 15” alloy wheel-rims and rear parking sensors are also now part of the package.
There’s new seat fabric with contrasting stitching, an updated fascia with a new audio system design, and revised aircon controls. The Almera keeps its acknowlegedly serious rear legroom and huge 490-litre boot.
STILL TWO MODELS
The steering-wheel in each model has been updated to add cellphone controls alongside the pre-existing remote controls for the audio system – the latter adding USB.
IMAGE GALLERY: 2014 Nissan Almera
Two models - 1.5 Acenta five-speed manual and 1.5 Acenta four-speed auto - each with a 73kW kW/134Nm petrol engine, anti-lock brakes, auto-locking doors, two front air bags and IsoFix child-seat anchors.
Sold with a three-year or 60 000km service plan and three-year or 100 000km warranty. Service intervals 15 000km.
Nissan Almera 1.5 Acenta - R177 600
Nissan Almera 1.5 Acenta a/t - R189 100
(The original launch prices in August 2013 were R165 000 and R175 000.)