All-new Nissan Almera makes Asian debut in Thailand

By CARSIFU | 17 November 2019

BANGKOK: The all-new Nissan Almera has been launched in Thailand, which became the first country in Asia and Oceania to get it.

Five versions are offered and they are all powered by a new 1.0-litre turbocharged engine.

They are S at 499,000 baht (RM68,459); E (509,000 baht/RM69,831); EL(559,000 baht/RM76,691); V (599,000 baht/RM82,178); and VL(639,000 baht/RM87,665).

All-new Nissan Almera makes Asian debut in Thailand

The fourth-generation Almera is the first B-segment sedan in Thailand to offer turbo technology. Its rival, the Honda City, will introduce its own 1.0-litre turbocharged variant, which is believed to have more power at 122hp, 23 horses more than the one in the Almera. It is slated for launch by the end of this month.

The Almera comes in a choice of six colours: Radiant Red, Monarch Orange, Storm White, Black Star, Gun Metallic and Brilliant Silver.

The highlight of the new model is the lighter 1.0-litre turbo engine, which replaces the previous 1.2-litre naturally aspirated three-cylinder petrol engine.

All-new Nissan Almera makes Asian debut in Thailand

The new three-cylinder petrol mill delivers greater power and better fuel efficiency, with a maximum power output of 99hp, a torque of 152Nm and fuel consumption of 23.3km/l. This results in better acceleration and better power output than the previous generation of the Almera. Power goes to the front axle via a CVT.

With the new 1.0-litre engine, the Almera now conforms to Thailand's Ecocar II rules with Euro 5 compatibility that specifies a minimum fuel economy of 23.3km/l and a maximum CO2 emissions of 100g/km.

In contrast, the older Ecocar I rules with Euro 4 compatibility states minimum fuel economy of 20km/l and a maximum CO2 emissions of 120g/km.

All-new Nissan Almera makes Asian debut in Thailand

The new Almera sports a more appealing look this time.

It features lower, wider, and longer exterior dimensions using Nissan's Emotional Geometry design language, while retaining the Almera's roomy interior space. Key elements of the design language in the new Almera include the V-motion grille, boomerang-shaped headlamps and tail lamps, kick-up C-pillars, and a floating roof.

The cabin has also been totally redesigned to accommodate a new instrument panel, infotainment screen, steering wheel and seats.

At the same time, Nissan was careful to ensure it retained its best-in-class roominess.

All-new Nissan Almera makes Asian debut in Thailand

Another area where the all-new Almera stands out is its Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies that provide front, side and rear safety monitoring and intervention. The advanced technology is a key component of Nissan's vision of how vehicles are driven, powered and integrated into society.

Best-in-class safety innovations include Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Intelligent Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. With four cameras on the front, rear and side of the vehicle, the new Almera offers Intelligent Around View Monitor and Moving Object Detection.

All-new Nissan Almera makes Asian debut in Thailand

The NissanConnect multi-infotainment system with 8-inch touchscreen Colour Display Audio (AIVI) also keeps customers current with infotainment, navigation, safety and security under a single platform, with seamless connection via smartphone.

The Almera is backed by a warranty of three years or 100,000km (whichever comes first) in Thailand.

The new Almera will arrive in Malaysia in 2020. Whether Malaysians will get the entry -level 1.0-litre Almera is up in the air, as the Almeras marketed locally are powered by 1.5-litre engine with a 4-speed automatic.

All-new Nissan Almera makes Asian debut in Thailand

"The all-new Nissan Almera is an intelligent urban sedan positioned to win the hearts and minds of young Thai families and millennials," said Nissan in Thailand president Ramesh Narasimhan at the launch here last Thursday.

"It offers a top-class level of safety, innovation and space to meet the needs of all our valuable customers and ensure new car buyers can feel confident they do not have to compromise in their all-important first vehicle purchase."

All-new Nissan Almera makes Asian debut in Thailand

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All-new Nissan Almera makes Asian debut in Thailand