With its announcement at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, Nissan is promising to bring excitement back to the midsize sedan segment with an all-new Altima.
“This new Altima builds on 25 years and more than 5.6 million Altima sales to date – but to us, this is just a starting point,” said Denis Le Vot, Nissan North America’s senior vice president and chairman of management committee. “That’s why we decided to shake up the midsize segment in terms of design, driving enjoyment and technologies that are advanced and affordable.”
The new Altima carries on recent Nissan developments in expressive styling (derived from the Nissan Vmotion 2.0 concept), uplifting interiors, powertrain development and drivetrain enhancements.
On the latter, Nissan is fitting the 2019 Altima will feature the first application of all-wheel drive in a Nissan sedan in North America, when it goes on sale in the fall of 2018.
“We saw that the lack of available all-wheel drive has been a key factor in pushing US buyers who prefer sedans to compact SUVs,” said Le Vot. “Of the top three selling midsize sedans in the U.S., only Altima will offer all-wheel drive. We expect this to be a key sales driver, especially for customers in the northern part of the country.”
It will also feature Nissan’s autonomous control features included in the ProPILOT Assist system, where the vehicle can help the driver on the highway with things like keeping in a lane, and reducing the amount of acceleration, braking and steering.
Other driving aids include rear auto braking (which detects obstacles in the car’s path as it’s backing up and automatically applies the brakes when necessary), emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot and lane departure warning, high beam assist and cross traffic alert, among others.
Power will come from two new engines — a standard 2.5-litre 4-cylinder (enhanced from its predecessor on power, economy, emissions, and noise, vibration and harshness) and a new variable compression 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder (replacing the previous generation’s 3.5-litre V-6). A launch edition, featuring the new turbo engine will be available for ordering by US consumers in summer 2018.
More information on Canadian Altimas (which are lower, longer and wider, and feature better seating comfort and support than their predecessors), including trim and equipment levels, and pricing, will be available closer to launch in the fall of 2018.