The car uses a six-speed gearbox and records 47.9mpg on the combined cycle with carbon dioxide emissions of 161g/km.
The SXE model is also available with the 1.8-litre petrol engine, priced from £13,250. Standard equipment includes four airbags, ABS, a trip computer, electric windows, climate control, colour monitor with DVD satellite navigation, 16-inch alloy wheels, a roof spoiler and electronic stability programme. Nissan has also upgraded equipment in the Almera SVE to include satellite navigation, with a price increase of £900.
Meanwhile Nissan dealers have begun taking orders for the new 350Z coupe, on sale in October. The standard 350Z is priced at £24,000 on-the-road, while the GT-pack model is £26,500. The car is equipped with a 3.5-litre V6 engine producing 276bhp, and accelerates from 0-62mph in less than six seconds. Nissan UK has revealed that only 450 examples are likely to be available to UK buyers this year.