THE all-new Nissan Almera Turbo takes the popular B-segment saloon to a new level of refinement with fresh and exciting features not usually found in the segment.
Other than its dynamic styling, attention to details and quality benchmarking, the new Almera also offers confidence-inspiring performance, making it a perfect modern saloon.
Standard on all three Nissan Almera Turbo variants is the all-new HR10DET 1.0 litre 12-valve dual overhead camshaft (DOHC), in-line three-cylinder engine with turbocharger, a high performance engine that offers an improved response with smoother pull-away, better in-gear acceleration and an output equivalent to a 1.5 litre engine.
The 1.0-litre turbo engine in the Almera Turbo unleashes a maximum power output of 98.6hp and high torque of 152Nm (flat torque) at a low 2,400 to 4,000rpm.
This means that the 1.0 litre turbo engine is able to achieve an early torque kick-in at 2,400rpm and maintain its maximum torque until 4,000rpm, or more importantly with the constant torque available at an rpm range most operated in daily drives, overtaking has never been easier and less stressful.
This instant acceleration from the all-new 1.0-litre turbo engine is made possible thanks to the new electronic wastegate. Compared to the conventional mechanical wastegate, the electronic wastegate is equipped with a sensor that reads and controls the turbo compression, hence efficiently reduces turbo lag and provide instant acceleration.
Another important and innovative technology in the all-new 1.0-litre turbo engine is the Mirror Bore Coating technology that was adapted from the legendary Nissan GT-R. Mirror Bore Coating is a technology that raises energy efficiency by reducing the friction inside the engine. Rather than inserting a cylinder liner, the Mirror Bore Coating Technology sprays molten iron onto the surface of the cylinder bore and forms an iron coating layer on the walls inside. By giving it a mirror-like finish, the drag that arises when the piston is operating can be reduced.
Compared to the normal 2mm thick cylinder liner in engines, the newly adapted technology produces 0.2mm mirror bore coating that is extremely thin and with better heat conduction. This result in an enhanced cooling performance and less engine knocking, thus the efficiency of the engine as a whole is improved. The advantages gained go towards increasing both fuel economy and engine power.
Removing the 2mm-thickness cylinder liner also realises a lighter engine and thus enabling to improve the fundamental performance of the engine without the need for other special devices.
The 1.0-litre engine also adopts an air intercooler system to cool the air compressed by the turbocharger. The intercooler is placed at the front of the car where airflow can fully ventilate, especially when the car is in motion.
The new Almera provides the highest level of fuel economy and performance, without compromising on engine reliability and durability. The carbon dioxide emission has also significantly been reduced by 18% compared to its predecessor, making the all-new Almera Turbo even more environmentally friendly.
Apart from the all-new 1.0 litre turbo engine, the new powertrain comes with next generation Xtronic CVT with D-Step Logic System for an improved shift feel and responsiveness, yet at the same time achieving a remarkable fuel economy of 18.4km/litre* (5.4 litres/100km), equivalent to an estimated 650km in one full tank (35 litres).
The D-Step Logic System is computer software that uses dynamic inputs such as vehicle speed, accelerator pedal position and application speed to determine ideal gear ratios needed to provide smooth, constant acceleration. Drivers can feel the sensation of gear shifting like a conventional auto transmission but adds the flexibility and smoothness of a CVT. It is also equipped with Sport Mode driving which holds the gear longer for better acceleration performance and a sporty drive.
While performance and innovations are clearly the unique selling points in the all-new Nissan Almera Turbo, its noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) has also been considerably reduced by the improved powertrain. A unique soft engine mounting has been installed to dampen and reduce engine vibration.
The side wing mirrors of the all-new Almera Turbo are re-positioned to reduce wind noise. Further improvements on the NVH level are noticeable through added insulation for all four doors, A-pillar, body side sealing and thickened door glass which helps to reduce road noise. All these refinements contribute to a quieter cabin altogether.
Members of public are invited to experience the new Almera Turbo exclusive preview at selected dealer showrooms nationwide tomorrow and on Sunday and stand a chance to win 15 iPhone SE (128GB) worth RM2,199 each when you test drive the new Almera Turbo.
Those dealers are (location and contact numbers):
Auto Dunia Sdn Bhd (Batu Caves), 03-61893028, 03-61893029.
Resource Sdn Bhd (Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya), 03-77338388.
Pengangkutan Sedar Sdn Bhd (Kulim, Kedah), 04-4909770, 04-4909771, 04-4909772.
Nikaijaya Resource Sdn Bhd (Ipoh), 05-2531228.
Multiway Auto Sdn Bhd (Temerloh, Pahang), 09-2960133.
Edaran Nuri Sdn Bhd (Kota Bharu), 09-76 9888.
SKK Motors Sdn Bhd (Malacca), 06-3371330.
Seremban Victory Credit Sdn Bhd (Seremban), 012-6110131.
Public Motor Sdn Bhd (Kulaijaya, Johor), 07-6633877.
W.E Motor Sdn Bhd (Johor Bahru), 07-3578698.
Speedway Motor Credit Sdn Bhd (Johor Bahru), 07-3358377.
Simpson Tan Auto Sdn Bhd (Johor Bahru), 07-2321199.
Sincere Scope Sdn Bhd (Johor Bahru), 07-2441383.
Based on NEDC R101 testing mode.