MANILA: The renowned name in the auto industry, Nissan, has a reputation of creating sumptuous and power-packed fleet irrespective of the segment. Nissan Almera is no exception and has the same traits and legacy for which Nissan is famous across the globe. Initially, this drive was launched in the year 1995 and till 2006 it was produced as a hatch only. In the year 2006, with its third generation, the Japanese manufacturer gave it a thought to stretch it and introduce it in the sedan segment. Well, seems like the thought worked for the Japanese automaker and now this sedan is counted among the highly appreciated and sold out vehicles from the Nissan fleet. Nissan Almera is said to be a classy sedan with upper-class features and advanced safety aspects which make it convert the inquiries into the deal. Though, as per the latest sales report by CAMPI, Nissan has not made it to the top 5 names in the list but that makes it no less. With Almera in its fleet, surely Nissan is going to be a tough name for its contemporaries.
Let's have a look at the aspects which make Nissan Almera such a desirable sedan in the Philippines -
Looks do matter, at least Nissan is very much clear on this! Nissan has indeed created a stylish sedan for its customers which carries features hard to see in any other sedan of its segment. The exterior is not only exciting but also looks premium. The thick chrome at the front radiator grille and boomerang headlamps create a great front fascia for this sedan. The sloping roofline, stylish boomerang taillamps, and rear spoiler complete the rear profile of this sedan. Apart from these features, there are graceful curves at the side profile of Nissan Almera which make it even more elegant. The dimensions of this sedan count to 4425 mm x 1695 mm x 1505 mm (L X W X H) along with a wheelbase of 2600 mm. For steady drives, the base trim is appointed with 14-inch steel wheels and 185/70 R14 tires while the other trims have 15-inch alloys with 185/65 R15 tires around them.
Nissan Almera has been blessed with a wheelbase worth 2600 mm which sounds good enough to accommodate 5 passengers with great comfort. Slide inside and you would find that Almera is much more than space, it's elegance. The interior trim has been given greige color scheme which is further accentuated with a piano black finish along with silver accents on the sides of the center console adding premium-ness to this cabin. The dashboard is packed with an array of gauges and gadgets for convenient drivings making the front look messy. This drive is also equipped with power windows, manual air conditioning unit, and reclining and manual sliding front seats. An entertainment facility with MP3, CD player and AUX connectivity is also there in this Japanese sedan. The standard cargo space in Almera worths 490 litres which is pretty good in its class. Also, some cabin storage compartments are given so that you may pack your handy stuff neatly in the cabin.
Nissan Almera is made available in 1.2-litre and 1.5-litre power-mills for the Filipinos and if the company is to be believed, both are pretty efficient. The 1.2-litre power unit delivers a maximum power counting to 79 PS at 6000 rpm and a maximum torque counting to 106 Nm at 4400 rpm. Talking about the 1.5-litre engine, it generates a peak power worth 99 PS and a peak torque of 134 Nm. The 5-speed manual gearbox is offered with both the units while the 4-speed automatic transmission is restricted only to the 1.5-litre engine. Coming to the mileage delivered by the 1.5-litre engine, it is pretty efficient in its class with a fuel consumption between 13.8 to 16.0 kmpl in standard conditions. A choice of efficient powertrains is not all, the new Almera is engineered to deliver a quick response to the steering input and to take the bumps on stride. Ride & handling in Almera are pretty agile; all thanks to McPherson struts with coil springs and stabilizer bar front suspension with a high-response damper which is usually plotted in high-end luxury sedans.
Japanese automakers are pioneers in packing safety features in their fleets and Nissan is no exception. In fact, Nissan is known for adding advanced safety aspects to ensure complete protection in its cars and Almera follows the same trend. The new Almera packs a wide array of safety features including dual SRS airbags for the driver and the front seat passenger. Also, you get Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA) in Almera to ensure stability and complete control even on rough and slippery terrains. This safety package also has rear parking sensors (3 Eye) so that you may park your Almera in tight parking spots with convenience. Adding to these features is keyless system and trunk remote with a panic button. Some of the aforementioned features are available only in the high-end variant.