The newcomer will be built at Nissan’s Sunderland plant in the UK and is expected to look completely different from the car in our pictures. This prototype uses a Nissan Tiida body as a disguise but the all-new running gear is underneath.
Instead, we’re expecting a look inspired by the Invitation concept - which was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in Match - including the sharp headlights and ‘squash line’ in the flanks. The new car won’t share a name with the concept, though, and Nissan bosses have told us: “It won’t use the Almera name… But it will be familiar.”
The range is likely to kick off with a new 1.2-litre turbo petrol with 113bhp and 190Nm of torque, capable of returning more than 50mpg. The biggest seller, though, will be a 1.6 diesel with around 128bhp, sub-100g/km CO2 emissions and 65mpg economy.
A Nismo hot-hatch version is also on the cards, with more than 200bhp from a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine.