The 2013 Nissan Almera sedan, which is aimed at the Russian “family man with a rational outlook on life,” made its formal debut on Wednesday at the 2012 Moscow Auto Show. The Almera was developed exclusively for Russia, especially the “unique demands of the market, the weather and the local road conditions,” was said by Nissan in a statement. Almera is a classic four-door, five-seat saloon with a timeless body design showing clear Nissan DNA.
Power comes from another tried and trusted source, Nissan’s proven 1.6-litre, 16-valve petrol engine developing 75kW (102hp) and 145 Nm of torque for competitive performance and economy. Nissan Almera will be available with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.
Winter performance is enhanced by a powerful heating and ventilation system (heated seats and door mirrors are available depending on the model grade) while cold start performance has been optimised. The wipers have been engineered to clear as much of the large windscreen as possible and are aided by a large 5-litre washer tank that needs less frequent refilling,though when it does it is easily accessible in the engine bay.
On the inside part, there are Four wide-opening doors which allows easy access to the interior which is notably larger than class rivals. In fact, the rear compartment knee room is actually more generous than that offered in some premium D segment cars and is easily capable of carrying three adults in comfort. As well as providing more interior space than rivals, at 500 litres Nissan Almera’s luggage trunk is among the largest in its class.
The luggage area itself is another example of the care that has gone into the car’s design. A wide opening lid reveals a deep and practical load space is free from obstructions.
On the outside, the model has a prominent grille, distinctive headlights and chrome accents with a special anti-corrosion coating. Overall, it measures 4,656mm long and has a wheelbase that spans 2,700mm.
The validating proof of Nissan Almera’s durability can be found under the car. Which offers extra protection against poor road surfaces, the bottom of the engine bay is covered by a 2mm thick steel plate while potentially vulnerable brake and fuel pipes running under the car are also covered by a steel plate.
With a stupendous ground clearance of 160mm – reducing to 145mm only at the steel plate protecting the engine – Nissan Almera is, once again, one of the best in class.
Also found under the car is a small but highly effective aero deflector which improves the car’s aerodynamics for better high-speed stability, and all grades of Nissan Almera have active and passive safety features including anti-lock brakes, plus driver and front passenger airbags as in standard.
The colour palette has seven exterior body colours – of which there is a solid white and six metallic shades.
And the Nissan Almera will be available in three grades: Welcome, Comfort and top-of-the-range Tekna.
Standard equipments are available on Comfort models, which are expected to be the biggest selling grade, which includes remote central door locking, heated power door mirrors, fog lamps, a trip computer and height adjustment for the driver’s seat.
There are chromed accents to the air vents while the trim material is patterned. Large door mirrors are finished in body colour and the door handles and trunk finisher are chromed while the front seats are heated to provide extra comfort in winter months. Air conditioning and alloy wheels are available as options.
Top Tekna models have air conditioning coming as a standard, along with power windows at the rear, four speakers, a leather wrapped steering wheel and 15-inch alloy wheels. The audio system is a fully integrated double-din AM/FM tuner with single disc CD player and Bluetooth connectivity for mobile phones. An Aux-in jack socket to connect a MP3 player is also standard.
But the sophisticated Nissan Connect communications system is available as an option on Tekna models, making Nissan Almera the only car in its class available with a fully integrated navigation system.
Nissan Connect has a five-inch full colour touch screen with 2D/3D mapping and voice guidance. Updates can be downloaded from the Internet and uploaded to the system via USB. The audio system includes a single disc CD player, an AM/FM tuner, an Aux-in jack and Bluetooth connectivity for mobile phones and audio streaming.
Pricing information will be announced closer to launch, but Nissan says the Almera will be “highly competitive” in its own segment.
The makers at Nissan Believe that the new car, 2013 Nissan Almera is perfectly created with high quality engineering and an execellent craftmanship,keeping in mind the utmost requirements of a Russian, and all the needs of a Russian man will be satisfied with the all new 2013′s NISSAAN ALMERA!
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