July 07, 2012
Although nothing is official yet, let's take a look at the car. The Almera is available in Thailand as an eco-car, carrying a 1.2litre engine with 78HP at 6000rpm and 106Nm of torque at 4400rpm. Of course, Malaysia market wouldn't let this happen since most of the competitors in its segment has 1.5litre engine and above. Rumours stated that the Almera for our market will be carrying a 1.5litre engine, so it should be the HR15DE unit that can churn out 109HP at 6000rpm and 148Nm of torque at 4400rpm.
One of the highlights of the Almera is the class-leading cabin space. If you can overlook the long-ish side profile of the Almera from the outside, you'll be happy to find tonnes of space in the cabin thanks to the 2600mm wheelbase. You'll be able to imagine that generous amount of space if you had sat in the rear seat of a Latio, but with slightly lesser headroom due to the lower roofline at 1500mm.
As the descendant of Sunny, the Almera should be reliable, durable and cheap to run. If the pricing is correct, we may have ourselves a winner here!
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