Nissan Motor PH reveals pricing and specs of all-new Almera

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by Vernon B. Sarne | Jan 10, 2013
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Nissan Almera

On January 16, Nissan Motor Philippines will officially launch the all-new Almera subcompact sedan to formally commence the latter's battle with the likes of the Toyota Vios, the Honda City and the Hyundai Accent, among others. A week before the introduction, we've already gotten hold of the official spec sheet as well as the final prices of the Japanese carmaker's locally assembled small car.

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The Philippine-market Almera will have only one engine--1.5-liter in-line-four gasoline rated at 98hp and 134Nm--but three variants: Base MTBase AT and Mid AT. Two transmissions are available: five-speed manual and four-speed automatic.

If you're wondering why the top variant is called "Mid," that's because a higher version with a 1.6-liter engine is available in other markets but we won't get it here. "There is a higher variant but its pricing will already cross over to the C segment, and that won't be aligned with our strategy of delivering C-segment features for B-segment pricing," explains NMPI marketing vice president Lee Junia. "The Mid variant is actually the top variant already for the 1.5-liter units."

NMPI says that the three main selling points of the Almera are: (1) affordability, (2) upscale design and (3) comfort. The carmaker points out that the Almera has class-leading cabin space, thanks to a wheelbase (2,600mm) that's apparently the same as that of the Toyota Altis, which is one class higher than the new Nissan.

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The new Almera will have disc brakes in front and drum brakes at the rear. All variants will also be equipped with standard 15-inch alloy wheels and 185/65 tires. Headlamps are halogen, with the Mid variant having additional fog lamps. Inside, the seat material is fabric across all variants, and the audio head unit is a 2DIN four-speaker CD player with MP3 function and iPod connectivity. The safety features are also shared by the Base and Mid variants: dual front airbags as well as antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist. Remote keyless entry is also standard.

The main features of the Mid variant not found in the Base versions are:

* Steering-wheel audio controls;

* Fog lamps;

* Rear spoiler;

* Adjustable headrests and lift adjustment for the driver's seat;

* Rear center armrest with two cupholders;

* Service interval info for the computer display;

* "Fine-vision" instrument meters;

* Silver finishers in the cabin; and

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* Rear "comfort fan"

And now, for the most important piece of information: pricing. The Base MT costs P710,000, the Base AT goes for P760,000, and the Mid AT is priced at P830,000.

Given the specs and the pricing, do you think the all-new Nissan Almera has what it takes to compete in a cutthroat subcompact segment?

 

Nissan Almera spec sheet

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