I n 25 years, Nissan has had an Altima over 5, 6 million copies built. The 6th generation of the mid-range sedan was unveiled at the New York Auto Show and will be launched on the US market in autumn 2018.
In terms of design, the new Altima follows the lines of the Vmotion 2.0 Concept and gives the future design for all sedans worldwide. It also becomes longer, wider and flatter. The new Altima also has a V-shaped grille, which is flanked by optional LED headlight slots that extend far into the fenders. The bonnet and flanks are strongly contoured. Like many competitors, Nissan is also shifting the Altima towards the four-door coupe. In the wheel arches are up to 19-inch alloy wheels, the chrome applications on the body are now matted.
Two displays have found their way into the cockpit. A 7-inch display sits between the round instruments in the instrument cluster, and an 8-inch touchscreen on the dashboard. There are also applications in a fine wood look and aluminum strips.
Nissan Altima with VC-T engine
The technical equipment will include the ProPilot assistance system package, which is already known from other Nissan models and is available under includes a lane departure warning and a cruise control with stop & go function. There is also 360-degree monitoring, a rear cross traffic warning and a high beam assistant.
The range of engines has been reorganized. The 3.5-liter V6 from its predecessor is history. It will be replaced by the two-liter, four-cylinder turbo gasoline engine known from the Infiniti QX50, with variable compression 370 Nm and 250 hp. The base engine is a 190 PS and 244 Nm strong 2.5-liter four-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine. The optional all-wheel drive is also new, but it can only be combined with the vacuum cleaner and transfers a maximum of 50 percent of the drive torque to the rear axle. The turbo engine comes exclusively with front-wheel drive. Both engines are combined with a CVT transmission. The chassis of the Altima is based on adaptive dampers.
The new Altima is offered on the US market in five equipment variants. It will be available from summer 2018. Prices have not yet been announced.