The Almera by Japanese auto giant Nissan is a sedan known for its reliable performance on the road as well as affordability. Despite being categorized as a subcompact vehicle, it offers a surprisingly spacious cabin, wide cargo compartment, and fitted with one of the strongest air conditioning systems in its class. Its nameplate has been in use since 1995 for the brand's range of compact sedans. The said model then received its fourth-generation version which was launched in the Philippines in 2021.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. started manufacturing the Nissan Almera in 1995 as a replacement for one of their oldest models that lasted for 30 years, the Nissan Sunny. Back then, it was offered as a hatchback with three to five doors and as a saloon with four doors. It was fitted with either a 1.4, 1.6, or 2.0 engine.
In the Philippines, the fourth generation version was introduced in October 2021, and it is the brand's first mass market sedan that offers the Nissan Intelligent Mobility driver assist suite. It also gained a new turbocharged engine.
The fourth-generation Nissan Almera is a totally different vehicle from the previous version. Though it still uses the Nissan V platform, it has grown in size. It is now 4,530mm long and 1,740mm wide. Then again it now has a shorter height of 1,460mm.
Design-wise, the new Almera has lost the soft curves of the old one. The front bumper looks more angular, and the hood and sides of the car gets a more prominent set of curves and character lines. The rear also features a sportier design. Speaking of sporty, the new Almera's top-spec VL N-Sport variant gets an alternate body kit with black colored trim pieces. Its grille also gets some measure of chrome.
When the Nissan Almera was updated into the fourth-generation, it's cabin had lost its predominantly beige coloration in favor of a sleeker, darker theme. The dashboard was also revamped to look more slimmer, and the positioning of the air-conditioning controls are now positioned more conventionally.
Other than that, the new Almera also gained Nissan's Zero Gravity Seats, and the ones on the top-spec VL N-Sport trim are covered in leather. The interior also gets contrast stitching. Moreover, the rear seats of this new Nissan-made sedan can now be folded with a 60:40 split, which can further optimize space for cargo.
Technology & Safety Features
The 2022 Nissan Almera is kitted with a lot of new features. For entertainment, it now has a larger eight-inch headunit with Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, USB, and auxiliary jack connectivity. The higher trims also get a keyless entry system, a push-to-start button, and a seven-inch TFT multifunction display.
The new Almera also received a lot of improvements when it comes to safety. The top-spec variant for example now has seven airbags, as well as the Nissan Intelligent Mobility Safety suite. This collection of driver assist features includes a 360-degree view monitor, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, blind spot warning, and rear cross traffic alert.
Platform & Chassis
The new 2022 Nissan Almera sticks to the four-door, five seater formula that its previous versions used. For that matter, it is still underpinned by the Nissan V platform. And like the third-gen model, it uses a MacPherson strut front suspension and a torsion beam type for the rear. It has front disc brakes and rear drum brakes, as well as a hand-operated manual parking brake.
Engine & Drivetrain
Under the hood of the new Almera is a 1.0-liter inline-3 turbocharged engine. At maximum, it can produce up to 98 horsepower and 152 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to its front wheels via an Xtronic Continously Variable Transmission. The new Almera also has idle start/stop technoligy.