The newly-launched fourth-generation Nissan Almera by Boustead. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Boustead, the sole distributor of Nissan in Brunei recently debuted the latest Nissan Almera at the AutoMagination showroom in Lambak Kanan.

First introduced nine years ago, the fourth generation has evolved bringing greater efficiency to its well-earned reputation for its performance and style.

The Nissan Almera was designed to fit the needs of the young generation who are after vibrant design, practicality, smart technology and advanced safety features at an affordable price.

Guests looking at the newly-launched fourth-generation Nissan Almera by Boustead. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

The 2020 model has some key updates from previous models – it now has bolder and dynamic designs, an impressive safety kit, as well as a new 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder DOHC engine.

From the outside, the all-new Almera offers plenty to be amazed by in terms of styling.

The sedan ditches its conservative look to a more significantly dynamic and polarizing look compared to the model it replaces.

The Almera wears its signature ‘V-Motion’ grille loud and proud, dominating the front end of the sedan, making it sleeker and stylish.

The newly-launched fourth-generation Nissan Almera by Boustead. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

In addition, the sedan is also fitted with a sharper boomerang-shaped LED headlamps paired with thinner fog lamps on its front.

Furthermore, the rear of the sedan has a more angular and edgier look compared to its bulbous predecessor with its arrow-shaped LED backlights and strong presence.

The Nissan Almera’s design is based on the latest model platform that is also shared with the Nissan Micro and Nissan Kicks.

An interior moulded for comfort

Comfort and spaciousness have always been first and foremost on the minds of the Nissan automakers when it comes to the interior, ensuring a smooth journey for both driver and passenger

From the driver’s seat, it strikes a good balance between comfort and support with decent adjustment ranges during the entire duration of our time behind the wheel.

Whereas, the back seats provided plenty of standard leg- and headroom for passengers of three.

The interior of the newly-launched fourth-generation Nissan Almera by Boustead. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Moreover, the interior of the Almera is as equally as stunning as the outside.

As far as the rest of the interior features, the materials inside the sedan offer premium-quality leather, soft-touch finishes, clear instruments and dials that are easy to use.

Moreover, the infotainment system works with both Apple CarPlay and Android and connects with it also connects to your phone via Bluetooth. Moreover, there are multiple USB ports to use from.

The intuitive and easy-to-use system has a simplified menu structure and customizable shortcuts for commonly used features and applications

Overall, everything you touch has a sturdy and high-quality feel to it.

The interior of the newly-launched fourth-generation Nissan Almera by Boustead. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman
A customer seen seating inside the newly-launched fourth-generation Nissan Almera by Boustead. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Reliability, technology and safety

The Almera presents itself as the embodiment of what the brand stands for in terms of innovation, safety and technology.

For Nissan, safety has always been of paramount importance and hence, the Almera benefits from Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility safety package, equipped with all essential safety features.

The model is equipped with Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Intelligent Emergency Braking (AEB), Intelligent Around View Monitor (360-degree bird’s eye view) with Moving Object Detection and blind-spot warning, among others.

The newly-launched fourth-generation Nissan Almera by Boustead. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Leisure driving around town

The Bruneian had a chance to test out the full performance and capability of the All-new Almera outside the showroom.

The team took the Nissan Almera to five locations: The AutoMagination Showroom in Lambak Kanan, Lugu Lake, McDonalds Gadong, Eco Corridor, The Rizqun Hotel and back.

Each letter of location cleverly spells out ALMERA.

The newly-launched fourth-generation Nissan Almera by Boustead. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Driving on a range of roads from highways to the narrow, busy roads, the Almera feels smooth and serene when cruising. The sedan was perfectly stable and planted which inspired confidence from behind the wheel.

While the Almera is not an off-road vehicle, it does boast optimal road performance and road-holding capabilities throughout the drive.

Moreover, along twist and turns of the Lugu road body roll is minimal and safety does not feel compromised on every corner we came throughout. The bump absorption was also impressive on rocky roads.

Guests seen taking photos with the newly-launched fourth-generation Nissan Almera by Boustead. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

But it was on the Tutong – Jerudong highway, where we got to test out the full performance of its new 1.0 liter turbo engine.

We spent the majority of our time on the fast lane, moving along effortlessly with the cars around us turning heads. We stood out among the rest with the vibrant Radiant Red colour of our Nissan Almera

Although small in size, the 1.0-litre turbo engine goes almost, if not as brilliantly in performance – full of muscle with decent fuel economy.

The engine of the newly-launched fourth-generation Nissan Almera by Boustead. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman
The newly-launched fourth-generation Nissan Almera by Boustead. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Furthermore, transitioning to Sport mode proved the Almera’s dynamic ability to make the most of the roads.

Moreover, the maneuverability through the packed and full of pedestrians roads of Gadong felt sound and secure thanks to the Almera’s various high-tech features, including its automatic energy braking and Intelligent Around View Monitor.

As for the passengers, they were more thankful for the Almera’s spacious cabin and comfortable seats as we sat in the three-hour drive.

All-in-all, the all-new Almera offers affordability for customers who are looking for cutting-edge technology and a seamless driving experience and a more comfortable journey.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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