Nissan Almera was recently introduced in the Philippines market in the last quarter of 2015. This latest creation from the house of Nissan falls under the ultra-competitive subcompact sedan category and compete with the likes of Honda City, Hyundai Accent, Toyota Vios, Mazda2 and recently launched Suzuki Ciaz. The car has been already launched in countries like Malaysia and Thailand, with its Philippines debut falling last in the row, which took place on 19th November 2015. Though Nissan Almera was already present in the country, the news of its new version remained in headlines for days, making its launch seem no less than that of a new model. Known as 2016 Nissan Almera, it carries forward no designing attributes from its ‘not so successful’ predecessor. Thus, offering you an all new exterior design language, revamped cabin and a more powerful mill now with lower running cost.
Engine, mileage & variants
Nissan Philippines new family member is offered in five trims and two mills options, unlike its previous-generation model. Now, out of its five available variants, only one (the base level trim) is powered by a 1.2L inline three cylinder 12V DOHC mill. The said mill that can be found generating power and torque figures of 79 PS at 6000 rpm and 108 Nm at 4000 rpm respectively. All the other four trims, however, runs on a 1.5L inline four-cylinder DOHC 16V mill that runs on a gasoline diet and is capable of delivering a maximum power output of 99 PS at 6000 rpm along with a peak torque of 134 Nm at 4000 rpm. As mentioned earlier, this new sub-compact sedan is available in five trim levels, of which the base and one above it comes paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox, rest all are powered by a four-speed automatic transmission.
2016 Nissan Almera is a stylish sedan with a captivating aura. From all verges, front, side, and rear, its design language is unique and distinguishing. Tagged as one of the biggest sub- compact segment sedan available in the Philippines market, its dimension book reads as 4426 mm on the length, 1695 mm in the width and 1506 mm on the height front. Talking about its wheelbase, Almera offers an impressive figure of 2600 mm, thus ensuring a roomy cabin area. In addition, features like a new bumper, large grille, boomerang- shaped headlamps, chrome door handles, ORVM fixtures, 12-spoke alloy wheels, chrome trunk garnish, uniquely shaped tailgate, re-designed rear spoiler, and black diffuser add to its overall appeal.
Like its exterior, Almera’s interior too is completely revamped and is now packed with some best-in-class modern amenities. Its cabin comes wrapped in two-tone black and beige materials, that go well along with the Piano Black and silver accents making few but worthful appearances. Driver and occupants’ comfort is not an issue here, as the car provides ample leg and headroom, cosy seats, sufficient storage space, rear centre armrest, and a full auto-climate air-con system. As for the entertainment front, the Almera comes equipped with a 2-DIN AM/FM audio system with additional features like MP3, CD and AUX- in.
Safety, Braking, and Miscellaneous
Nissan is a brand that never falls short on safety and Almera is another example of its long followed tradition. Occupants’ safety in Almera is taken charge by features like SRS dual airbags for driver and passenger Anti-lock braking System, and Electronic BrakeForce Distribution System. Increasing its security are present features like immobiliser system, rear parking sensors, speed sensing door locks, security alarm, and keyless operations (standard across all variants). Braking, handling and suspension systems are responsive, adding to the driver's confidence and ride quality. Further, Nissan has also worked hard on the Noise, Vibration, and Harshness front as the car remains soundless and smooth even at high speeds.
All-new Nissan Almera is a great buy in the sub-compact sedan front. The car now offers refreshed exterior design language and great cabin comfort. The only loopholes we found were on its entertainment and safety front, where it lacks when compared to its competitors.