Auto Shows 2019 Nissan Altima: New Engines and All-Wheel Drive

22:28  28 march  2018
22:28  28 march  2018 Source:   Car and Driver

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It’s the day when the all- new Nissan Altima will make its official debut during the 2018 New York Auto Show. It’s one of the best-kept secrets in the industry at the moment, but a new report indicates the vehicle will gain an all - wheel drive system.

2019 Nissan Altima Spied, Previews Big Overhaul. The V-motion design carries into Nissan 's family sedan. Look for a longer wheelbase to increase interior room, and there are rumblings that Nissan might add all - wheel drive as an option.

Against a background of waning consumer interest in sedans, as well as dramatic redesigns of the top-selling Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, Nissan could ill afford another cautious update with its latest-generation Altima. And, indeed, the new 2019 Altima sees the model’s most ambitious changes in more than a decade, bringing not only the expected all-new styling and additional tech but also one new engine and one that has been heavily revised, plus, for the first time, an all-wheel-drive option.

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One of the callers asked Reed about the future possibility of all - wheel drive on the Nissan Leaf electric car. And we're talking about coming out with all - wheel drive on the Altima and that kind of stuff, so we're doing some new things there.”

Standard on all 2019 Altima grade levels is a new 2.5-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder direct-injection engine . The 2019 Nissan Altima also offers available Intelligent All - Wheel Drive for the first time ever on an Altima .


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V-6 Deep-Sixed

Nissan has broomed the V-6 engine as the step-up powertrain offering, replacing it with a turbocharged inline-four. The turbo four is the company’s variable-compression 2.0-liter, just introduced on the Infiniti QX50. (Read how the technology works here.) In the Altima, it makes 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, versus 270 ponies and 251 lb-ft for today’s 3.5-liter V-6. It’s optional on the sporty-themed SR model and the range-topping Platinum.

Most Altimas, however, will be powered by a heavily revised, naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-four. Its displacement is unchanged, but output increases from 179 to 188 horsepower (at 6000 rpm). Peak torque is 180 lb-ft arriving at 3600 rpm, an increase of 3 lb-ft. As with the turbo four, Nissan claims this engine offers reduced noise, vibration, and harshness compared to its predecessor, along with more compact packaging. Once again, the Altima comes exclusively with Nissan’s Xtronic continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), which is equipped with paddle shifters on the SR model.

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" Nissan will announce full details of the 2019 all- new Altima at the New York International Auto Show, until then, no All - wheel drive will presumably be added as an optional upgrade alongside the basic front- wheel - drive edition. The sedan is also expected to get a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine .

Nissan is hoping to enhance it significantly extra, so the up and moving toward 2019 Nissan Altima Engine and Changes is longed for being a totally new car. One qualification, however, should be the accessibility of all - wheel drive .

The more significant powertrain news is the availability of all-wheel drive for the first time, a feature not found even on the more expensive Maxima. Among direct competitors, only the Subaru Legacy and the Ford Fusion offer all-wheel drive. In the Altima, it will be available on any model but can be paired only with the 2.5-liter engine.

Changes to the chassis include a redesigned suspension with monotube rear dampers, a new electrically assisted power steering unit that reduces efforts at low speeds but increases them at higher speeds, and 19-inch wheels, available for the first time as an option on SR and Platinum models.

Longer, Lower, Wider

The new Altima is longer, lower, and wider than before; its wheelbase has been stretched and the front overhang trimmed slightly. The styling trades the car’s previous flowing shapes for a more linear design. Nissan’s V-shaped grille is taller and broader, but the brand’s boomerang-shaped taillights are more subdued; the Altima also adopts a floating-roof design as seen on the Maxima and other Nissans. The color palette has been amped up, with Scarlet Ember and Sunset Drift (orange) metallic shades joining the usual variations of white, silver, gray, and black.

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What changes will make the 2019 Nissan Altima different? It’ll be all- new : larger, racier-looking, higher-tech, and very possibly available with all - wheel drive ( AWD ) and a turbocharged four-cylinder engine .

The interior also features new colors, and a lower cowl makes for an airier cabin, as does the thinner instrument panel. As on the exterior, horizontal lines dominate. All models have a 7.0-inch screen nestled in the instrument cluster while an 8.0-inch touchscreen stands proud of the dashboard. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard, along with SiriusXM satellite radio, Siri Eyes Free and Google Assistant voice recognition, and keyless ignition. The SR, SL, and Platinum get leather, while the S and SV have a cloth interior.

Assisted Living

The Altima will be available with Nissan’s much touted ProPilot Assist. Already offered on the Leaf and the Rogue, this enhanced adaptive cruise control adds a degree of steering assist but not hands-free capability. In the Altima, it will be standard on SV, SL, and Platinum trims. The Altima also gains rear automated emergency braking, which can apply the brakes if it senses a collision when the car is backing up. It, too, is standard on SV, SL, and Platinum models, as are lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, and traffic-sign recognition. Forward-collision warning, front automated emergency braking, and a driver alertness monitor are standard on all models, while blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are standard on all but the base S.

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And we're talking about coming out with all - wheel drive on the Altima and that kind of stuff, so we're doing some new things there." When reached by Roadshow, a spokesman would only say, " Nissan will announce full details of the 2019 all- new Altima at the New York International Auto Show, until

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In addition to the five trim levels mentioned, the Altima follows in the footsteps of premium brands such as Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar Land Rover by offering a limited-run Launch Edition (based on the Platinum with the turbocharged engine).

In the promotional materials for the new car, José Muñoz, chief performance officer for global Nissan, says, “Our goal with the Altima is to re-energize the sedan segment.” That’s a tall order. The Altima has been overtaken by the Rogue as the top-selling Nissan, just as the Accord has been passed by the CR-V at Honda and the Toyota Camry—long the best-selling non-pickup-truck vehicle in the United States—now trails the RAV4. A more realistic aim for the new Altima would be to re-energize those buyers still interested in sedans—at least enough to turn them away from the strong competition at rival dealerships. We’ll see whether it’s up to that challenge when it goes on sale this fall.

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