UPDATE: You can now read our first review of the 2019 Nissan Altima

 

  • 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder and 2.0-liter VC-Turbo added
  • Bold, new styling with lower, longer and wider dimensions
  • ProPILOT Assist standard on many trims

 

With bold styling, two new space-saving and more fuel-efficient engines, new optional all-wheel drive and ProPILOT Assist tech standard on many variants, Nissan says its new 2019 Altima is its most advanced sedan ever. The Japanese automaker debuted the midsize car at the New York International Auto Show. It is slated to go on sale this fall in five trims: S, SR, SV, SL and Platinum. Buyers this summer can reserve a limited launch edition based on the Platinum VC-Turbo.

The sixth-generation Altima, last fully redesigned as a 2013 model, is lower and wider and its looks were inspired by the futuristic Vmotion 2.0, a concept that bowed at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

“Our goal with the all-new Altima is to re-energize the sedan segment in terms of design, driving feel and in making advanced technologies available and affordable for everyone,” said Jose Munoz, chief performance officer at Nissan.

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Lower, longer, wider

Altima’s height drops by 1.1 inches and the car is an inch longer and nearly an inch wider than the current Altima. But the 2019 model also has a 1.9-inch longer wheelbase and the back wheels are pushed out at the corners, making it more athletic looking.

The front of the new Altima includes the “Vmotion” grille, simplified boomerang lights and a floating-look roof, plus a moonroof made from a single panel on some variants.

LED headlights with daytime running lights and LED fog lamps are available. Two new exterior colors adding some pop include Scarlet Amber and Sunset Drift metallic orange. Nissan used matte chrome accents that carry over into the interior.

With two low-profile engines, designers dropped the cowl and hood line which translates into a lower instrument panel height in the cabin, improving outward visibility. Altima is equipped with 16-inch steel wheels for the S trim, while the SV and SL trims receive a 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheel and new 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels are outfitted on the sporty SR trim and high-end Platinum trim.

Altima’s interior is described as “open, airy premium” and features a “more horizontal ‘gliding wing’ instrument panel,” Nissan says. A 7.0-inch driver’s display is standard, as is an 8.0-inch center stack infotainment screen with a number of connectivity features.

Optional NissanConnect Navigation and Services has new functions including over-the-air update capability, updated nav and real-time traffic features. Seating is enhanced and available features include leather upholstery, remote engine start, heated front seats and heated steering wheel. Interior color choices include charcoal, light gray or sport, a charcoal with orange accents.

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New variable compression engine

Altima continues to offer front-wheel drive but with the new 2.5-liter, inline 4-cylinder engine, all-wheel drive will be available on trims with this powertrain. It generates 188 horsepower (a boost of 9 from the outgoing 2.5-liter engine) and 180 lb-ft of torque (up 3 lb-ft). Nissan said it expects better fuel economy, too. Nissan’s new 2.0-liter VC-Turbo (variable compression turbo) engine, an inline 4-cylinder that continually adjusts compression ratio for optimal power and fuel economy, has 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. Nissan recommends premium fuel use with the engine that replaces the 3.5-liter V6 Nissan uses on 2018 Altimas.

Nissan predicts the VC-Turbo engine will provide a double-digit percentage increase in fuel economy in front-wheel drive models compared to the V6 engine, giving 4-cylinder fuel efficiency with near V6 performance. Exact fuel economy figures were not released.

The VC-Turbo will be available only on front-drive SR and Platinum trim levels. Both engines are paired with continuously variable transmissions.

Buyers also will find more standard and available safety tech on the 2019 Altima.

The sedan comes standard with a rear-view monitor, automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning, while most models also have rear cross-traffic alert and blind spot warning. Higher trims have even more driver assistance technology such as a new rear automatic braking feature. Nissan ProPILOT Assist comes on the SV, SL and Platinum trims. The technology helps keep a car centered in its lane, maintain vehicle speed on the highway and brake on its own in stop-and-go traffic on the highway.

Pricing for the 2019 Altima was not disclosed. A base 2018 Altima S begins at about $24,000 including delivery.

 

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