After months of teasing and speculation, the Nissan Almera was officially previewed by Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) this morning to the media. We’ve had quite a “long history” with this car, reporting live from its global unveiling in China, before showing you spyshots of the car from across the country. There was even an ad from an ETCM outlet last month which threw out some prices.
Well, no more guessing, because here’s the real deal. The Almera name has been chosen for Malaysia over ‘Sunny’ and this big B-segment sedan is receiving the baton from Nissan’s previous effort, the Latio. That roomy car was awkwardly shaped with sharp edges, but the Almera carries a smooth, curvy shape.
The footprint of the new car isn’t much different from the Latio – the 1,695 mm width is unchanged while the Almera’s 4,426 mm length is up by 11 mm. Wheelbase remains at 2,600 mm, which is a good 50 mm longer than that of the Toyota Vios. The Latio was the Peter Crouch in its class; the Almera is less lanky by 21 mm, but still dwarfs over classmates Vios and Honda City.
The Almera’s generous dimensions allows ETCM to claim best-in-class cabin space and highlight the car’s 636 mm rear legroom as USPs. Boot volume is a generous 490 litres. Shoppers in this segment who put space as priority will love the Almera, no matter what some “enthusiasts” say.
可以说是取代Nissan Latio 吧！
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