2021 Nissan Almera: Expectations and what we know so far

Updated Aug 12, 2021 | Same topic: Car Sneak Peeks, Teasers, & Rumors

The Thai-spec 2021 Nissan Almera comes with a turbo.

2021 Nissan Almera: What we know so far

While the current Almera is already nine years old, the said Nissan sedan is still doing great in the local market. It’s affordable, fuel-efficient, and roomy. The 2021 Nissan Almera isn’t that fast, but it will do its job as a daily driver.

Nissan Almera Product Walkaround

That said, the new fourth-generation Almera is already out. Nissan is already selling it in the United States as the Versa, and it’s already up and about in the Thailand compact sedan segment. As you might have guessed, it will eventually make its way to the local market.

A picture of the 2021 Nissan Versa/Almera at the beach

The US-Spec Nissan Versa/Almera

So what can we expect from this new 2021 Nissan Almera?

2021 Nissan Almera: Exterior

When it was released, the fourth-gen Almera was well received. It looks much more modern than the current and previous versions, like the Nissan Almera 2014 for example, and it’s better equipped too.

For starters, the Nissan Almera 2021 model already comes with a pair of sharp-looking LED headlamps, LED taillights, as well as LED daytime running lamps. The front end also comes with Nissan’s signature V-motion grille, and the roofline is much sleeker than before.

A picture of the 2021 Nissan Almera on the road

The Thai-spec 4th-gen Nissan Almera

Apart from the better looks and exterior equipment, the new version is also larger than the 2020 Nissan Almera. It is 4,495 mm long, 1,740 mm wide, and 1,460 mm in height. That means that it is 45 mm wider, and 39 mm longer than the third-gen version. This might translate to better interior and cargo space.

A picture of the rear of the Nissan Versa/Almera while parked at the beach

The rear end of the Nissan Versa/Almera

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2021 Nissan Almera: Interior

Just like the exterior, the interior of the 2021 Nissan Almera gets a makeover as well. Gone is the predominantly beige interior of the old one, and in its place is a more modern, black and white colored dashboard and seats.

A picture of the new ALmera's interior

Inside the Thai-spec 2021 Nissan Almera

The fourth-generation Almera also gains a new flat-bottomed steering wheel, as well as a new eight-inch touchscreen. The said headunit now comes with voice recognition, as well as an offline navigation system. The analog gauge cluster was also ditched in favor of a seven-inch digital one. Lastly, the round cluster of AC controls was also replaced by more conventional, but neater looking AC controls.

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2021 Nissan Almera: Engine and Performance

Overall, the 2021 Nissan Almera gets three engine options, all of which were co-developed by Renault and Nissan. The most interesting one is the 1.0-liter inline-3 turbo, which could make up to 100 horsepower and 152 Nm of torque. This engine is then paired to a continuously variable transmission and power is sent to the front.

Of note, the aforementioned powerplant is the only engine available for the Thai-market. As such, there’s a chance that the future Philippine-spec Nissan Almera might be getting this engine as well.

A Picture of the 2021 Almera's engine bay

The Thai-spec 2021 Almera's 1.0-liter turbocharged inline-3 gasoline engine

However, there are other engines for the 4th-gen Nissan Almera in other markets. There’s a 1.5-liter inline-4, and a 1.6-liter inline-4. The latter is the same powerplant available on the current PH-spec Almera, and it can make up to 98 horsepower and 134 Nm of torque. It’s paired to a four-speed automatic gearbox, or a five-speed manual.

The other one is a 1.6-liter inline-4 that can produce up to 118 horsepower and 158 Nm of torque. It’s currently found on the Nissan Kicks.

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2021 Nissan Almera: Safety

For safety, the new Almera definitely gets serious. The top-variant in the Thai-spec lineup comes equipped with six airbags, anti-lock braking with electronic brake distribution, among others.

The icing on the cake for the new 2021 Nissan Almera however, is that it’s now equipped with the Nissan Intelligent Mobility safety suite. This means that it comes with an around-view monitor with a moving object detection system, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot warning, as well as hill start assist.

2021 Nissan Almera: Final Thoughts

We are optimistic that the new Almera will eventually make its way to the Philippines. Our market sources cars that are built/sold in Thailand after all. Also, the Honda City, one of the Almera’s rivals, is already here in the Philippines. That said, Nissan Philippines might want to catch up.

Interestingly enough though, the Thai-spec City, like the Thai-spec Almera both have turbocharged engines. However, the PH-spec version of the new Honda City is not offered with a turbo engine. That said, Nissan might do well to introduce the turbocharged fourth-gen Almera locally as that might sway more buyers to the said model.

A picture of a fully kitted out 2021 Almera

The Thai-spec 2021 Almera with the optional accessory package

Also, the more powerful 1.6-liter version is also a good option. It’s definitely less complex than the turbocharged three-cylinder mill, so it might lessen production costs. It’s also a bit more powerful than the 1.0-liter inline-3 turbo engine. Note however that production streamlining is a thing, so there’s still a high chance that the future PH-spec will indeed get a turbo.

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2021 Nissan Almera: Expected Price

Currently, the Thai-spec fourth-gen Almera’s price ranges from 499,000 Baht to 639,000 Baht. That’s a range of Php 794,245 to Php 1,017,079.

Note that these figures don't take into account taxes, logistics costs, etc. As such, we can expect the price of the upcoming 2021 Nissan Almera in the Philippines is a bit higher than that.

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Know more about Nissan Almera 2024

Nissan Almera

The Nissan Almera is a four-door compact sedan. For the Philippine market, its three available variants have a price ranging from Php 839,000 to Php 1,149,000. 

Size-wise, all trims are 1,740mm wide and 1,460mm tall. The top-spec VL meanwhile, is 4,530mm long, while the VE and EL are 4,495mm long. All three get a ground clearance of 135mm, and a wheelbase length of 2,620mm. 

Under the hood of the Philippine-spec Almera is a 1.0-liter turbocharged inline-3 gasoline engine that can make up to 99 horsepower and 152 Nm of torque. The three-banger is then paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) sending power to its front wheels for the VL and VE. The EL meanwhile, uses a five-speed manual gearbox.  

Locally, the Nissan Almera competes against the Toyota Vios, Mitsubishi Mirage G4, Honda City, MG 5, Volkswagen Santana, Geely Emgrand, Hyundai Reina, Kia Soluto, etc. 

₱ 839,000 - ₱ 1,149,000

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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