Nissan has officially unveiled the 2013 Almera at the Moscow International Motor Show.
Designed specifically for Russia, the model has a prominent grille, distinctive headlights and chrome accents with a special anti-corrosion coating. Overall, it measures 4,656mm long and has a wheelbase that spans 2,700mm.
The cabin is relatively bland, but offers class-leading space and a boot that holds 500 liters (17.6 cubic feet) of luggage. Three trim levels are available and higher-end variants feature air conditioning, power locks / windows, heated front seats and Bluetooth connectivity.
Power comes from a 1.6-liter petrol engine that develops 102 PS (75 kW / 101 hp) and 145 Nm (107 lb-ft) of torque. It can be connected to a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission.
To deal with rough roads and the Russian climate, engineers installed region-specific springs / dampers, underbody protection and 160mm (6.3 inches) of ground clearance. There's also an upgraded heating system, specially-designed windshield wipers and an extra-large windshield washer fluid tank.
According to Nissan Russia's Managing Director, François Goupil de Bouille, "The new Nissan Almera is a Russian car through and through, but one which benefits from the engineering and design expertise developed by Nissan globally. It is perfectly in tune with the needs and expectations of Russian consumers."
Pricing information will be announced closer to launch, but Nissan says the Almera will be "highly competitive."