For the Thai market, all variants of the all-new Almera receive Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Hill Start Assist (HAS), and at least 2 airbags. The top-of-the-line Almera VL gets a total of 6 airbags.
If that is not enough, upper variants of the all-new Almera are fitted with ADAS features like forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, blind spot warning, and rear cross traffic alert.
While the Thais get a 1.0-litre turbocharged engine, bear in mind that the Almera requires such an engine in order to comply with Thailand's Eco Car Phase 2 program.
We reckon that a lower cost 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder engine could be fitted to the Malaysia-assembled units.
The Kicks should be here after the Almera
After the all-new Almera, Malaysians can expect the Nissan Kicks to arrive here later this year as well.
The Nissan Kicks is a B-segment SUV that made its global debut back in May 2016.
Talks of the Kicks coming here isn’t new – the model was earmarked for Malaysia since 2017, but nothing materialized.
However, that could soon change as the Kicks has been caught undergoing road tests in Indonesia and Thailand, indicating that development work is underway.