Sedans have since lost their appeal to crossovers and premium pickup trucks. For Nissan, the Altima sedan has lost its crown as the brand’s best seller to the Nissan Rogue, a small crossover. Of late, automakers have been fleeing the sedan segment to the more lucrative crossover and pickup trucks segments; the likes of Chrysler 200, Buick Verano, Chevrolet SS, and Dodge Dart have been discontinued. Despite this trend, Nissan is moving in the opposite direction; the automaker is trying to refocus on its saloon customers, hence the decision to redesign the Altima which the automaker introduced at the New York Auto Show. The new 2019 Nissan Altima is based on the Vmotion 2.0 concept the automaker revealed at the Detroit Auto Show last year. Nissan has a lot to do considering the vicious competition in this segment, particularly from the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. It will be sold in Platinum, SL, SV, SR, and S trims.
2019 Nissan Altima Exterior
The exterior of the new Altima is inspired by the Vmotion 2.0 Concept. The new model is an inch longer, 0.9 inches wider and sits 1.1 inches lower compared to the outgoing Altima. Also, the new Altima’s wheelbase has been extended by 1.9 inches compared to the outgoing Altima. The model looks more stunning courtesy of the new V-motion grille with a dark chrome finish; it is flanked by LED projector headlamps that feature unique DRLs and LED fog lights.
The 2019 Nissan Altima also features a floating roof with a single-panel moonroof and slim pillars. The new Altima is also full of crisp body lines. At the rear, the blacked-out sections of the pillars, as well as the taillights design, were derived from the Nissan Maxima. The flanks are looks almost similar to the current model.
The interior looks more exotic with a good layout and “floating” design of the screen. It still features the same infotainment system with an 8.0-inch touch-screen. The system is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Buyers can add Amazon Alexa Skill via the automaker’s NissanConnect Services app. The vehicle has 4 USB ports with 2 Type-C ports.
Passengers will enjoy the “Zero Gravity” seats that are comfortable even on long journeys.
For safety, the 2019 Altima is equipped with automatic emergency braking, driver alertness monitor as well as forward collision warning; a 360-degree camera network, and traffic recognition is optional for base trims. ProPilot Assist which enables the model to stick to a single lane and a rear-facing auto brake is only standard on SV, SL, and Platinum grades.
Engine and performance
The standard mill under the 2019 Nissan Altima is a 2.5 L, 4-cylinder engine that delivers 188 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. It replaces the current 3.5 L, V-6. Buyers can, however, opt for a VC-Turbo mill with a displacement of 2.0 liters (it will be available with SR and Platinum trims). The mill which also features a turbocharger is good for 248 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. The VC-Turbo mill features advanced technologies which enable it to vary the engine’s compression ratio (it can deliver high performance or high fuel economy depending on the driver’s needs). Both mills use an Xtronic CVT transmission system. The SR trim features paddle shifters for manual control.
Front-wheel drive is standard but the automaker has added an optional all-wheel drive. However, AWD will only be offered with the 2.5-L mill. The AWD system apportions torque 50:50 in normal conditions between the front and rear axles but can deliver up to 100% to the front axle when needed. The automaker hopes to win more customers with the AWD system as many shift to crossovers and pickup truck in search of models that can offer all-wheel-drive.
Price and release date
Pricing will remain relatively unchanged as this segment is very competitive and a slight increase in price would mean doom for the sedan. Expect the base trims to fetch around $23,000 like the current models. Sales of the 2019 Nissan Altima will commence this fall.
Top rivals of the Nissan Altima are the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Malibu.