The new Nissan Almera has been officially launched in Malaysia! There will be four (4) variant to choose from and the selling price (On-the-road) in Peninsular Malaysia starts from:-
- 1.5 E Manual – RM 66,800
- 1.5 E Auto – RM 69,800
- 1.5 V Auto – RM 76,800
- 1.5 VL Auto – RM 79,800
The price for the new Almera is certainly the most affortable now in the B-segment locally comparing to its rival like the Toyota Vios and Honda City. With the newly designed “V-platform” the new Nissan Almera is the most spacious within it’s class.
Early of this month, our team joined the other members of the media for an exclusive plant tour at Tan Chong Motor Assemblies’ (TCMA) Serendah plant in Rawang. On the same day, we have tested the Almera on the their private test track. Indeed, the tour was held in conjunction with the earlier announcement that Nissan’s latest offering to the local assembled “B-segment” sedan in Malaysia - the Nissan Almera.
Apparently, the Nissan Almera is sold in 194 countries and is currently Nissan’s best-selling global sedan. The same car is also known as Sunny in China & Versa in United States.
Edaran Tan Chong Motor is set to introduce the Almera into the local market in Q4 2012. Tan Chong has already taken steps to prepare their production lines to accommodate the assembly of the Almera to ensure a steady supply of cars. In fact, Tan Chong Motor Group has plans to further expand its operations at its facility in Serendah to ensure that the Almera rolls off the assembly floor as efficiently as possible. More production shifts and extra manpower will be put in to assembling the Almera when it is launched.
Technically, the new Nissan Almera is built on the all-new global “V” platform – The V stands for Versatile. The Almera utilizes a lightweight yet rigid body and is powered by the latest 1.5-litre HR15DE engine with a Continuously Variable-valve Timing Control (CVTC), which mated with a new lighter and compact 4-speed automatic transmission. The HR15DE engine outputs 102PS and a maximum torque of 139Nm. According to Nissan, the fuel efficiency is capable up to 14.9 km/litre under combined cycle.
In Malaysia, the Nissan Almera offers in three grades – E (M/T or A/T), V (A/T), and VL (A/T). The entry E grade in manual or auto transmission comes with remote keyless entry & alarm, single airbag, 15-inch steel wheels with covers, and standard combi-meter. The middle range V grade, it comes with dual airbags, 15-inch alloy wheels instead of steel wheels, self illuminated combi-meter and fog lamps. For the top of the range – VL grade, it come with intelligent key with trunk release and alarm, push-to-start button, auto climate system with LCD display and illuminated steering wheel audio controls. The intelligent key system is similar to Teana or 370Z.
Thanks to a great combination of lightweight gearbox and body, the small 1.5-litre with 102PS and 139Nm is reasonably responsive. The ride comfort is one of the highlights as well. The suspension is having 15% longer stroke than the Nissan Latio to ensure better ride smoothness, especially on Malaysian road condition. The innovative roof design is somewhat inherited from the 370Z Coupe to the Almera for enhanced NVH.
After experiencing the new Nissan Almera as a driver as well as a passenger, I couldn’t deny that Almera is very spacious and versatile. The legroom for the Nissan Almera is absolutely stunning! I doubt there are no other sedans from B or C segment, which allow you to lift your leg up as if sitting on a limousine. Additionally, the trunk space is also large to fit many shopping bags and small cargo.
Lastly, I would conclude the new Nissan Almera is definitely a practical family car to commuting in the town. With the amount of room space, features and values, it does pressure its opponents like Toyota Vios or Honda City in the market. It won’t be long, I bet we will be able to see many Almera cruising on the road. Last but not least, the Nissan Almera open for reservation since 6th September 2012 and will be officially launched in Q4 2012.
YouTube: Nissan Almera Media Preview Drive in Malaysia
On 10 August 2012, the new Nissan Almera previewed by Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) as the latest addition to the B segment sedan market in Malaysia. This exclusive media preview took place at Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur.
In short, the Nissan Almera will be introduced in the fourth quarter of 2012 and it will be a complete-knock-down (CKD) model that will be assembled here in Tan Chong’s Serendah plant. This car is also known as Nissan Sunny in some countries.
The new Nissan Almera will be available in both 1.5-litre automatic and manual transmission to deliver responsive performancewith outstanding fuel economy. Based on Nissan’s internal test data, the Almera delivered outstanding fuel economy @ 14.9km/Litre. In addition, the Nissan Almera is Nissan’s Best-Selling Global Sedan with more than 460,000 vehicles sold since its launch in 2010. It is enjoying incredible success worldwide especially in China and Thailand.
The indicative pricing for the Almera range starts from RM70,000 – RM85,000.
“The all-new Nissan Almera has an upscale and spacious design. It also features technologies and amenities that are usually found in more expensive vehicles.” said Dato’ Dr Ang Bon Beng, Executive Director of Edaran Tan Chong Motor.
“With its surprisingly roomy interior and class-leading level of comfort, we are optimistic that the Nissan Almera will be a top seller in Malaysia,” Dato’ Dr Ang added.
The new Nissan Almera will showcase at Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur from 10th – 12th August 2012 for the general public. Those interested for more information about the Nissan Almera can register at the showcase in Pavilion and at all other selected venues as follow:-
Dataran Pahlawan, Malacca
10th – 12th August 2012
Queensbay Mall, Bayan Lepas,Penang
16th – 21st August 2012
Paradigm Mall, Kelana Jaya, Selangor
23rd – 26th August 2012
30th August – 2nd September 2012
East Coast Mall, Kuantan, Pahang
31st August – 2nd September 2012
Photo Gallery: Nissan Almera Previewing at Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur