What We Want From the All-New Nissan Almera

What We Want From the All-New Nissan Almera

Updated on April 21 2024

The Nissan Almera has been around for quite some time now. First launched here in 2014, Nissan's subcompact sedan is now seven years old. Despite its age, it is one of Automart.PH's popular models and is still in demand.

However, seven years in the market is a long time and we're glad Nissan will soon roll out the next-generation Almera in the Philippines very soon. So what do we want and expect from the all-new car? Here are five updates and upgrades we want from Nissan's subcompact sedan.

Improved Performance

The current Nissan Almera has two engine options. The first is a 1.2-liter, three-cylinder with 79 hp and 106 Nm of torque. Aimed at the fleet and taxi market, the only transmission available is a five-speed manual. The other engine is a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder unit that makes 99 hp and 193 Nm of torque. This engine can be paired with a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic.

However, most of its competitors now have more than 100 hp under the hood, leaving it in the dust. So for this, we're hoping we get the 1.0-liter turbo from the Thai-spec Almera. It offers a slight boost in power at 100 PS but a significant improvement in torque at 152 Nm. The Xtronic continuously variable transmission should make power delivery smooth too.

More Dynamic Handling

While subcompact sedans aren't exactly meant to be sporty, it's nice to have one that can make you smile when you're behind the wheel. That is why we're wishing that the new model comes with a more engaging drive. With the new car based on a European model (Renault Clio), we're expecting a lot from it. But the challenge here is to keep its comfortable ride while giving it a sharper edge. Quite the task there, Nissan.

Softer Seats

As far as its ride goes, the current Almera is comfortable. However, it needs softer seats to truly make it a (mini) cruiser. The outgoing model has rather firm seats that could be tiresome in long-distance driving and gridlock traffic. If Nissan can get better foam for its seats, we wouldn't mind spending hours inside the new model.

Better Value

Prices of the current Nissan Almera range from PHP 657,000 to PHP 933,000. If Nissan Philippines can keep the prices of the new model around the same, then that's good news for you, the consumer.

But it's not enough that it should have competitive pricing. Modern car shoppers are more demanding these days, so selling a unit without something as simple as a touchscreen is a no-no. At the same time, it should also have the latest in safety tech (stability control, side airbags, etc.) to keep it in line with its competitors.

All in all, the upcoming redesigned Almera looks like a promising first car for first-timers and young families alike. So far, we don't know when Nissan Philippines will roll out the new model, but it could be here by the end of the year or early 2022. But if you're in the market for an Almera now, why not head to the Automart.PH website and click on the one that's right for you.