August 10, 2012
The Almera looks better in person than in pictures. The front is contemporary without being shouty, it doesn't look budget with its generous chrome finishing around the grille. The side is pretty longish but well executed if compared to, say a French B-segment sedan (you know which car I mean *wink*) in the Almera's price range. Talk about price, the Almera has an indicative price of RM70k-RM85k, depending on the transmission (manual or auto) and also the trim that you choose. The trims are not announced yet.
The wheelbase of the Almera is 2600mm, which is 50mm more than its closest competitors, Honda City and Toyota Vios. The rear passengers can also enjoy 636mm of generous legroom. Thus, Nissan claims that the Almera has best-in-class cabin space. The lanky body also contributes to a huge 490litres trunk space, that's very close to its D-segment brother Nissan Teana!
As expected, Almera will be using a 1.5L HR15DE engine which produces 102PS at 6000rpm and 139Nm at 4000rpm. It loses out to city and Vios on paper in terms of performance, but Nissan claims that the Almera is capable of producing outstanding fuel economy of 14.9km/l.
The top-spec Almera get some pretty awesome kits such as intelligent key with keyless entry and push start button. Meaning you won't have to remove the key fob from your pocket to enter and start your car. Other features are auto climate control and fine vision meter with Multi-information Display (MID). The Almera will be selling like hot cakes with the generous amount of features that are seldom found in B-segment and also affordable pricing.
Check out the Almera over this weekend in Pavilion and also Dataran Pahlawan, Melaka!
*UPDATE: Click here to see the launch of Almera!
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