Last week, the sixth generation Nissan Altima was revealed at the New York auto show.
The new Altima’s design is inspired by the 2015 Vmotion 2.0 concept as well as the 8th generation Maxima revealed in 2015. It features Nissan’s signature V-Motion grille, flanked by angular headlights and LED daytaime running lights – there are also strong bodywork lines across the whole car and a rear diffuser, giving it a suprisingly aggressive stance. Wheel sizes range from 16 to 19 inches.
Two engines will be available at launch. The first (and entry-level) engine is a 2.5L naturally aspirated inline-4 with direct injection, which produces 140kW (188hp) of power and 244Nm (180lb-ft) of torque – Nissan claims it offers better noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) and improved fuel economy & emissions.
The flagship engine is a 2.0L turbocharged ‘VC-Turbo’ inline-4 taken from the Infiniti range, which features Nissan/Infiniti’s smart variable compression system (i.e. the engine’s compression ratio can be electronically changed on the move to improve performance) – it produces 185kW (248hp) of power and 370Nm (273lb-ft) of torque. The 2.0L VC-Turbo is meant to replace the previous generation’s 3.5L V6, providing “near V6-level performance with four-cylinder fuel economy”.
All models come standard with Nissan’s Xtronic CVT transmission and front wheel drive however, for the first time on a US-market Nissan sedan, all-wheel-drive is available – albeit only with the entry level 2.5-litre engine.
Inside, the new Altima is a big step up from the old car. The dashboard is all new, witha new 8-inch tablet-style infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an instrument cluster with a large TFT driver display, as well as a steering wheel similar to that of the rest of the Nissan range. The front seats also have increased bolstering for greater comfort and support. Tech and safety wise, it gets Nissan’s ProPilot autonomous Level 2 driving system, which takes care of throttle and steering controls when on the highway. This is in addition to their Safety Shield driver assistance system which includes AEB, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert and high beam assist.
The 2019 Altima is scheduled to go on sale in the US in their autumn/fall (September). Nissan AU have sadly confirmed they have no plans to bring it to Australia. What do you think of the Altima? Let me know below.