Japanese auto manufacturer Nissan announced its business transformation plans for its Africa Middle East India (AMI) recently, and the good news is that the brand has mentioned launching an affordable B-segment sedan.
A statement from Nissan read, “The company will build on Nissan’s existing strengths in the region including continued growth in key markets and strong brand presence, maximising synergies with Alliance partners and leveraging an expansive and competitive manufacturing presence in South Africa, Egypt, India and Nigeria.”
Speculation is that the sub-4-meter offering which Nissan says will be affordable, could be based on the Renault Triber‘s architecture. The Nissan sub-4-meter sedan is likely to be powered by a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbo petrol engine that is part of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.
It is too early to speculate about power figures, but one can expect a five-speed manual to be offered as standard, with the possibility of an AMT and a CVT automatic.
Once launched (which is likely to happen only late next year), the new Nissan sub-4-meter sedan will compete with the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, the Honda Amaze, the Tata Tigor, and the Ford Aspire.