Thursday, March 29, 2018
Nissan is Tired of Boring; Launches 2019 Altima to Go After Subaru, Honda (w/ 11 Photos)
Nissan has decided that the New York International Auto Show won’t just be about crossovers and SUVs. To point, they’ve used this occasion to launch the all-new 2019 Altima—their new executive sedan that’s destined for sale not just for North America, but for the rest of the world as well. And based on what they tell us, they’re tired of being boring.
Migrating to an all-new platform, the 2019 Altima drops the V6 in favor of two 4-cylinder engines. This had a tremendous effect on the design which features a shorter, lower hood. Its wheelbase, length, and width have all been stretched, but its height has been lowered. Its co-efficient of drag is just 0.26. Exterior elements include the Nissan V-motion grille, LED projector headlights, LED fog lights, and available 19-inch wheels.
Inside, the Altima goes for a lightweight, layered feel with a horizontal “gliding wing” instrument cluster as well as the use of high-contrast colors and uplifted materials. The passengers are supported and cuddled by the NASA-inspired Zero Gravity seats with dual-density foam with the driver getting an 8-way power adjustment with memory. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is standard.
Under the hood, the 2019 Altima gets either a normally-aspirated 2.5-liter direct-injected 4-cylinder motor that makes 188 horsepower and 244 Nm of torque thanks to 80 percent new or redesigned parts. The bigger news is the availability of a Variable Compression Turbo (VC-Turbo) engine. In development for over 20 years, VC-Turbo can change its compression ratio from 8:1 to 14:1 seamlessly. In this guise, the Altima develops 248 horsepower and 370 Nm of torque.
The Altima’s platform also uses monotube rear shock absorbers (the first for an Altima), added suspension reinforcements, and suspension geometry enhancements to improve steering feedback. The steering itself has been upgraded to a dual-pinion set-up which enhances steering feel and reduces noise. The biggest surprise though is the availability of all-wheel drive for the very first time. Paired only with the normally-aspirated engine, this uses an advanced torque split control system that can vary engine power front-to-back from 100/0 to 50/50.
As another icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the 2019 Altima receives Nissan’s ProPILOT Assist wherein the car can automatically steer, brake, and accelerate autonomously (single-lane highways).
Nissan is set to start the sales of the all-new Altima in the US by the third quarter of this year with other markets to follow thereafter.