Nissan released the current Altima back in 2012 as an update to the older car. This means it still uses the same old platform and engines. However, it now looks like Nissan is about to release an entirely new version soon enough. So far they didn’t release any official details about the upcoming 2019 Nissan Altima. Even so, photographers spied the car testing on the open road not that long ago. From these spy shots, we can clearly see a few interesting things about the future model. For starters, the car will be larger than before.
On top of that, it looks like its design scheme will be vastly different than that of its predecessor. It also looks like Nissan may try to make the Altima a more premium car than before.
This likely means its price will increase to around $25,000 for a base model. Even so, if they manage to add all the necessary kit then it should be better value for money than before.
2019 Nissan Altima News
As we said above, the current model is based on Nissan D-platform. This is a front-engine architecture which has been around for nearly a decade at this point. Most rumors seem to suggest the future Altima will steer away from this platform.
It looks like Nissan may be working with Renault in order to develop a new modular architecture. This would allow them to reduce manufacturing costs while offering a better car all at the same time. We do hope this platform will have far better NVH levels than its predecessor.
Another big problem with the current car is its weight. There is a good chance for the new model to be lighter. This would translate to a better set of driving characteristics and a safer and more economical car.
Design and Release
The looks of the Altima was always one of its main selling points. It is safe to assume that this will not change in the near future either. In fact, it seems like the 2019 Nissan Altima is an even better looking car than its predecessor.
Even though the finished product hasn’t been released just yet, the camouflaged test mule gives us a pretty good idea about the future. It looks like Nissan will use quite a few design cues from their V-Motion2 concept. Expect a deeper and more aggressive front end, swept-back headlights with a slimmer profile as well as a clam-shell hood.
The car’s roof-line seems to be similar to that of a coupe while the rear is definitely better proportioned than that of its predecessor. The test mule also seemed to have a longer wheelbase and a lower body. The end result should be a car that will look a lot sportier than before.
Unfortunately, Nissan managed to keep the interior of the 2019 Nissan Altima a secret so far. Even so, it looks like they may turn to the new Maxima for inspiration.
We can expect a far wider center stack than before as well as a more premium design scheme. However, it looks like the materials will be on par with its predecessor. On top of that, the passengers will benefit from more room thanks to the car’s longer wheelbase.
For this model, it also looks like Nissan may add a new digital instrument cluster and infotainment system. Both of these are likely going to be eventually used on Nissan’s other cars.
2019 Nissan Altima Engine and Specs
Depending on the market of choice, the current Altima is available with quite a few engine choices. Well, it looks like things will not be so complicated with the future 2019 Nissan Altima. The base model, in most markets, will likely use a 1.6-liter turbo-four.
This is a well-known powertrain capable of providing around 200 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque. Some other markets will also get a less powerful 1.2-liter turbo-four with up to 130 horsepower. The range-topping model, on the other hand, will more than likely ditch the V6. Instead, the car should now receive a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine.
With up to 270 horsepower and north of 260 lb-ft of torque, this should easily satisfy pretty much everyone. As before, the car will be front wheel drive only but Nissan may replace the transmission with a new dual-clutch unit.
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