Nissan launched its new Almera subcompact sedan, which features the latest 1.0-liter turbocharged engine and a host of intelligent safety features.
The new HRA0 engine is lighter than the previous 1.2-liter power plant, but delivers more power – 100ps and 152Nm. Meanwhile, the fuel consumption is claimed at 23.3 kilometers per liter, placing the new Almera in the Eco Car Phase 2 category.
There’s also a new CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) that delivers driving power to the front wheels.
The suspension comprises of McPherson strut and stabilizer up front and torsion beam with stabilizer at the rear. Upper models get 15-inch alloy wheels with 195/65 tires.
The new Almera’s exterior design is quite striking, featuring a V-motion grille, boomerang-shaped headlights and tail lights, kick-up C-pillars and a floating roof.
The new model is lower, wider and longer than its predecessor, ensuring the outstanding interior space, one of the Almera’s selling points.
The interior gets a fancy two-tone interior treatment mainly with PVC upholstery that looks pretty alright. There’s an 8-inch touch screen and Nissan Connect in the top versions while lower versions gets a regular audio system with Bluetooth. With Nissan Connect, there is infotainment, navigation, safety and security via smartphone connection.
The top version features the Nissan Intelligent Mobility safety package that includes Forward Collision Warning, Intelligent Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. There are four cameras on the front, rear and side of the car, providing Intelligent Around View Monitor and Moving Object Detection.
The new Almera comes in five grade levels – S, E, EL, V and VL.
- S: Bt499,000
- E: Bt509,000
- EL: Bt559,000
- V: Bt599,000
- VL: Bt639,000
Nissan says that the first deliveries will commence in December, and the cars will come with a 3-year/100,000km warranty.