Sunday, 24 November 2013

Nissan's Golf competitor spied for the first time

The 2014 Nissan Almera has been snapped by our spy photographers.

 Nissans Golf competitor spied for the first time with production body

Set to battle the Volkswagen Golf, the prototype is heavily camouflaged but will reportedly draw inspiration from the Invitation concept that debuted at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The details are hard to make out but Nissan Executive Vice President Andy Palmer has previously said the car will have an "edgy" front fascia that incorporates a V-shaped grille and is a "little bit left-field."

Our spies couldn't get close enough to snap interior photos but Nissan has said the model will have a perceived quality that matches the Golf. Previous reports have also indicated it could have a full-length panoramic sunroof, a self-parking system and an affordable navigation system.

Engine options remain unconfirmed but speculation suggests there could be a variety of 1.2- and 1.5-liter units sourced from Renault and Nissan.

Nissan has promised to fully rival the seventh-gen Golf "from BlueMotion to GTI" at a competitive sticker price. The economical version will have a diesel engine capable of matching the Golf BM's 73.5 mpg US (88.3 mpg UK or 3.2 liters / 100 km) with CO2 emissions of 85 g/km. Nissan's response to the Golf GTI will be a Nismo-flavored version of the new Tiida/Almera.

The model will reportedly be introduced sometime next year so expect to learn more in the coming months

SOURCE: Al Ain Japan