Now, on to the car. The all-new Almera Turbo sports a new exterior design from Nissan. The V-motion front grille is the brand’s new signature, while the boomerang motif of the headlamps, distinct LED tail lamps, and a low profile ‘floating roof’ make the new car look edgier and more dynamic.
The new Almera sits on a longer 2,620 mm wheelbase (+20 mm), which allows the car to be longer (+70 mm) and wider (+45 mm) to offer more interior space which the previous Almera was already known for. Despite its size expansion, its height has been reduced by 40 mm, giving it a sleeker and more proportioned look.
Its 482 litre trunk space is not the largest in its class but has been designed to be lower and wider for easier access. It is generous enough to fit in four golf bags. Most notably, the rear seats of the Almera Turbo have 60:40 split folding across all variants (which is not common in this segment) so every variant can be used to carry extra long items.
The Almera Turbo’s interior features the latest ‘Gliding Wing’ instrument panel surrounded by chrome, piano black and carbon fibre pattern textures for a more premium ambience. The sporty flat-bottomed steering wheel is also seen across all variants. While we are on the subject of ‘standard’, here are some notable standard features for the Almera Turbo:
- Keyless entry and start
- Tilt & telescoping steering
- Powered folding side mirrors with LED signal light
- Body coloured rear diffuser
- Hill Start Assist
- Vehicle Dynamic Control, Traction Control System, Anti-lock Braking System, Brake Assist, Electronic Brake-force Distribution
- Intelligent Forward Collision Warning
- Forward Emergency Braking
Another departure from its segment rivals is the use of an all-new 1.0L turbo engine. This is paired with a next-generation XTRONIC CVT with D-Step Logic System and Sport mode to provide 100 PS @ 5,000 rpm and 152 Nm of torque @ 2,400 – 4,000 rpm. Its rated fuel efficiency is 18.4km/L (NEDC R101), equivalent to a driving range of 650 km full 35L tank.
The turbo engine features some technical innovations such as the electronic wastegate to improve turbo compression and reduce turbo lag. Further, the engine uses with Mirror Bore Coating Technology adapted from the legendary Nissan GT-R to help reduce friction between the piston ring and inner cylinder which contributes to increased durability, reduced wear & tear and better heat management.
ETCM has three variants of the Almera Turbo available i.e. 1.0 VL, 1.0 VLP and the range-topping 1.0 VLT. The mid-range VLP variant adds on larger 16″ wheels, dual tone dashboard, leather wrapped steering with Advanced Drive Assist Display (ADAD) controls, leather gear knob, coloured 7″ semi digital instrument display, 8″ touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and six speakers, rear view camera, climate control, combination leather seats, and an extra four airbags to make it six.
Meanwhile, the top-of-the-range VLT gets the addition of LED headlamps with auto on/off and LED daytime running lights, LED front fog lamps, Around View Monitor, Intelligent Moving Object Detection, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Cruise Control, and a Gloss Black trunk lid spoiler.
There are three all-new exterior colours i.e. Radiant Red, Monarch Orange, and Dark Metal Grey, to complement the popular Brilliant White, Diamond Black and Tungsten Silver choices.
All variants of the Almera Turbo are certified Energy Efficient Vehicles (EEV), and comes with a 5-year unlimited mileage warranty with 5 times free maintenance service (parts & labour included).
The official launch is expected to be in October 2020 with prices expecting to be between RM80,000 and RM90,000.
ETCM is currently hosting a preview and test drive carnival, as mentioned above. Complete a test drive and stand a chance to win one of 15 iPhone SE (128GB) worth RM2,199.
To find out more, visit www.almeraturbo.com.my, or call the Nissan Customer Care Centre Hotline at 1800 88 3838.
Almera Turbo 1.0L VL
Almera Turbo 1.0L VLP
Almera Turbo 1.0L VLT