12 August 2012

Nissan Almera previewed - from RM70k, coming in Q4

Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) previewed the forthcoming B Segment challenger, the Almera at the Pavilion KL, the first on the road show planned for this car. The preview also has quashed the question whether the car will be called Sunny or not, as it is clearly stated to be Almera. As for the road show, Nissan Almera will be on show at Pavillion KL until today 12th August 2012. Concurrently it is on show at Dataran Pahlawan Melaka for the same duration. The final stop will be at Queensbay Mall Penang during the Eid break of 16th August until 21st August. Seems the people up north will get to see the car for a longer period.

As described in MMN previous articles, Nissan Almera is powered by HR15DE 1.5L mill producing 99PS@6,000rpm and 134Nm@4,000rpm. The fuel tank is 41L in size and according to Nissan, it is good for 6.3L/100km for the manual version. Speaking about the transmission, 5MT will go along with the 4AT, which is on par with non-National B Segment best seller, Toyota Vios "level" of technology.
Dimensionally, Nissan Almera is 4,425mm long, 1,695mm wide and 1,500mm tall. The wheelbase is 2,600mm. Comparatively, Toyota Vios is 4,300mm long, 1,700mm wide and 1,460 tall while it rides on a shorter 2,550mm wheelbase. Honda stylish City meanwhile is 4,395mm long, 1,695mm wide and 1,475mm tall while the wheel distance stretched 2,550mm too. In terms of chassis, Nissan Almera shares a common type of McPhersons strut and torsion beam setup like the rest of its competitor. More details of Nissan Almera and photos of Singaporean spec cars can be traced back to MMN articles back in March 2012. Braking power is provided by ventilated disc at the front while the rears are taken care by those drums type. ABS and BA will save day upon calling. The car is quite lightweight too, as the base manual variant is just 5kg above the 1 tonne. More detail after the jump.

The plus point for Almera will be its interior space. It will trumps its opposition when it comes to sizing. Length-wise it is more than 4.4m long while the height is tower-like 1.5m. The interior is described by some foreign media as cavernous, with best rear legroom to boast, and can accommodate six-footer at the front and back simultaneously. The boot space is humongous too at 490L, just slightly inferior to the Honda City and Proton Preve. 

ETCM made no announcement about the price although there was a mentioned about the range will spread from RM70k to circa RM85k. It is such a wide price range for a single-engined model, but the equipment list will include Intelligent Key with push start button, remote trunk lid opener, automatic climate control, steering wheel button for audio and Fine Vision Meter. MMN guess this is something like Optitron which was debuted in Lexus but now can be found on bargain-basement like Myvi.

Some of the roadshow photos can be found below, credited to Paultan.

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