July 07, 2012

Nissan Almera/Sunny is coming to Malaysia !

 There are news regarding that the Nissan Almera (also known as Sunny in some countries) will be hitting our shore in the near future. The B-segment sedan is set to go against in one of the toughest sedan segment in Malaysia, with strong competitors like Toyota Vios and Honda City. However, a tentative price was stated in an ad (which Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd later clarified that the ad is inaccurate) that starts from RM71k! If the pricing is true, this will seriously poses a threat to its competitors, where the base-line Almera will be cheaper than the cheapest Vios J manual!

 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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