Old Nissan Almera gets a face swap - and it looks good!

Sanjay · Nov 05, 2020 07:00 PM

The all-new 2020 Nissan Almera is fast shaping up to be quite a good car. Especially for us Malaysians, we get a few unique features that the Thai cars don't get and for a rather competitive price too, starting at RM 79k.

Malaysian spec 2020 Nissan Almera pictured. This is the base VL variant.

But as much as new cars are nice to have, sometimes we just can't let go of our older cars. What do we do then? We give them a facelift. 

Enter the '2020 Nissan Almera'

We'll give you a second to see what's up with the Almera above. 

Spotted it? Yup, it's not the latest N18 Almera - it's the previous-generation, N17 Almera wearing the new car's face. 

Done by the good people at CokeBody 2 - a Thai outfit - this conversion is more than just a pretty face. The LED headlights work, the daytime running lights (DRLs) work, and the hood is actual carbon fibre. 

The boot and all four doors are wrapped in carbon fibre, and the ducktail spoiler completes the look rather well. Honestly, it looks good!

So much show, can go or not?

No way are they going to do all that work just to see it run on the old engine. Under the hood is the new 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbocharged engine which (in stock form) does 100 PS and 152 Nm.

Recall that the old Thai-spec Almera had a 1.2-litre, naturally-aspirated three-cylinder engine.

However, looking at the stonking turbo and upgraded intake here, we'd wager this Almera will be doing better than that on the dyno. 

There's upgraded suspension on all four corners and big brake discs in front, giving it a rather racy stance and presumably better road-holding capability to match its new-found power. 

Conclusion

And another one. They're multiplying!

The old Almera was somewhat overlooked, but it still fits the bill in terms of sheer practicality and these days, affordability.

We like what our enterprising Thai friends have done to this car but we have to ask the burning question - would you do it? Let us know in the comments, WhatsApp group or even our Forum!

All photos belong to the owner, Pongsaton Naynakon.

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