It is still not clear whether Nissan will soon reveal the next- generation Altima sedan at the New York Auto Show. However, yesterday some first official pictures have already spread on the internet along with its specs and pricing.
From the pictures, it is clearly seen that the new Altima brings a sleeker styling compared to that of the previous model. The new Altima that is based on the larger Maxima get a new interior design. However it looks less interesting than the design of its exterior.
The Vice President of Nissan, Brian Carolin stated that in developing the Altima, the company has took their most successful model and modify all of the aspect on that including the appearance, the feel, the driving experience and the technology that covers the headlights and windshield wipers.
The new Altima keeps the same wheelbase but with wider front and rear track. The fifth- generation Altima is empowered with the 2.5 liter QR25 four- cylinder unit that is good for 182 ponies and 180 lb- ft of torque. the second engine is the 3.5 liter V6 VQ35DE that produces the same 270 ponies and 258 lb- ft of peak of torque.
The Altima also get a revamped Xtronic CVT with new control logic and the larger gear ratio coverage that transmit the power to the front wheels.
The Altima 2.5 L/CVT is able to return fuel economy at 27 mpg city, 38 mpg highway and 31 mpg combined, while the 3.5 L V6/CVT Altima figures fuel efficiency at 22 mpg city, 30 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined.
The company also planning for a hybrid model later on that combines a compact- size CVT package with a single electric motor and two clutches with a new 2.5 liter supercharged gasoline engine with a lithium- ion battery stores the power.
For the base 4- cylinder model the 2013 Nissan Altima sedan is priced at $21,500. The price is increasing to $30,080 for the top V6 model.
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