It’s not everyday when we see a wallflower turn into a swan. But that’s exactly what we got when Nissan took the wraps off its all-new Almera.
Unveiled in a live virtual event, the new Almera now has a punchy 1.0-liter turbo engine, Nissan Intelligent Mobility features, and most importantly, a bold new design that dramatically ties the new sedan in with its handsome pickup and SUV siblings, the Navara and the likewise newly launched Terra.
For the first time in the passenger car segment, the new Almera comes with cutting-edge Nissan Intelligent Mobility (NIM) features that provide monitoring and intervention technology. These features include Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Intelligent Forward Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, as well as the Intelligent Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection.
The new Almera is now powered with a compact and lightweight 1.0-liter turbo engine which delivers greater power and better fuel efficiency, available in four variants with automatic and manual transmission options. The segment-first turbo engine has a power output of 100ps, a class leading 152Nm of torque, and a claimed fuel efficiency of up to 23.3 km/l for the manual version.
But it’s the striking exterior that will get most people to gravitate towards the new car. The new Almera boasts a sleek yet spacious design that’s vastly more compelling than its predecessor’s.
The new extrerior styling features lower, wider, and longer dimensions using Nissan’s Emotional Geometry design language, while retaining the Almera’s vaunted roomy interior space. Key elements of the “Emotional Geometry” design language include the distinctive V-motion grille, boomerang-shaped LED headlamps and taillamps, LED signature daytime running lamps, kick-up C-pillars, and a floating roof.
The all-new Almera’s interior has also been totally redesigned to accommodate a new 7” TFT meter with Integrated Drive-Assist Display, infotainment screen, black leather interiors with contrast stitching, as well as a new flat-bottom steering wheel with hands-free, meter, and voice recognition controls. The stylish passenger cabin features high-quality materials and exemplary craftsmanship with head and legroom to spare, retaining its reputation for best-in-class roominess.
The infotainment system provides convenience and seamless connectivity with an 8-inch Advanced Touchscreen Display with Apple CarPlay, bringing infotainment, navigation, safety, security, and more under a single platform.
“The all-new Almera is the smart and stylish sedan that first-time owners, growing families, and young professionals can trust,” says Atsushi Najima, President and Managing Director of Nissan in the Philippines. “As part of Nissan’s transformation plan in the Philippines, we are offering a unique and exciting challenger in the competitive passenger car segment,” he adds.
The all-new Nissan Almera starts at Php728,000 for the EL MT, goes right up to Php938,000 for the VE MT and Php998,000 for the VE CVT, and topping out at Php1,098,000 for the flagship VL N-Sport CVT. The starting and top-of-the-line prices are just right, although I feel there should have been a Php800,000-something variant inserted in the yawning chasm between the Php728,000 EL and Php938,000 VE MT. A Php210,000 price jump between the two lowest priced variants seem too steep.
The new Almera comes in 6 distinctive colors: Cayenne Red, Gun Metallic, Galaxy Black, Premium Corona Orange, Brilliant Silver, and Pearl White (with a Php15,000 premium).
It comes with a vehicle warranty of 5 years/150,000 kms for the VE and VL variants. Similar to the Navara and Terra, the warranty of the new Almera is the first in its segment, providing customers a worry-free ownership experience.
The new Almera is now available at all Nissan dealerships. Check with your nearest Nissan dealership to book a test drive, following local health and safety guidelines. For more information on the Nissan Almera, visit https://www.nissan.ph/vehicles/new/almera.html