The 6th-generation Nissan Altima made its world premiere at the 2018 New York International Auto Show. The new Altima gets several new features including ProPILOT Assist.
Compared with the previous generation, the new Altima is 1.1-inches lower, 1.0-inches longer and 0.9-inches wider, while also featuring a smaller front overhang, thanks to a 1.9-inch longer wheelbase and the rear wheels being pushed farther to the corners. The result is a dramatically sleeker yet more sophisticated look, Nissan said. The drag coefficient is 0.26 Cd.
Exterior equipment includes LED projector headlights with signature Daytime Running Lights, LED fog lights, a single panel moonroof, and an optional 19-inch alloy wheels.
Exterior color options include a deep-tinted Scarlet Ember red that changes hue with the light and a new vibrant Sunset Drift orange with unique reflective pigment.
The 2019 Altima also comes equipped with standard NissanConnect featuring an 8-inch multi-touch color display, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity, Bluetooth, Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant and Siri Eyes Free/Google Assistant Voice Recognition. The system also offers an optional Apple Watch and Android Wear compatibility through the NissanConnect Services app, allowing remote engine start and stop, remote lock/unlock valet alert and more, along with Amazon Alexa Skill compatibility.
Other options include NissanConnect Navigation and Bose Premium Audio system with 9 speakers.
Powering the new Altima are two new engines. Replacing the previous-generation Altima’s 3.5-litre V6 is a 2.0-litre variable compression turbo inline 4-cylinder, which is claimed to be the world’s first of its kind. The engine is claimed to generate the performance of a V6 gasoline but with 4-cylinder level fuel economy.
The VC-Turbo has been in development for 20 years. It seamlessly changes its compression ratio between 8:1 (for high performance) and 14:1 (for high efficiency), with an advanced multi-link system continuously raising or lowering the pistons’ reach to transform the compression ratio. A high compression ratio gives greater efficiency, but in certain applications poses the risk of premature combustion (knocking). A low compression ratio allows for greater power and torque, and avoids knocking.
The VC-Turbo engine utilizes both multi-point injection and direct injection to balance efficiency and power in all conditions. The Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) system improves combustion efficiency and performance, and enables the engine to avoid knocking at higher compression ratios, while the multi-point injection mixes fuel and air earlier, enabling complete combustion in the chamber for greater efficiency at low engine loads, Nissan said.
This engine delivers 248 hp and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque with premium fuel.
Another new engine is a 2.5-litre inline 4-cylinder, producing 188 hp (versus the previous 2.5-litre’s 179 hp) and 180 lb-ft (244 Nm) of torque (versus the previous 177 lb-ft/240 Nm) and features 80% new or redesigned parts.
While the aforementioned 2.0L VC-Turbo is assembled in Japan, the 2.5L is assembled in Decherd, Tennessee.
All 2019 Altima models, including both engine configurations, come equipped with a standard Xtronic transmission. For 2019, the Xtronic transmission receives an expanded lock-up area for improved efficiency. Paddle shifters are available with the Altima SR grade, Nissan said.
Intelligent All-Wheel Drive will be offered for the first time ever on the Altima. The AWD models are projected to account for a significant share of Altima sales in the US.
The AWD is available in all trims equipped with the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. The system automatically distributes torque to the wheels (0:100 front up to 50:50 front-to-rear) according to road and driving conditions.
The range of safety and convenience features includes standard Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), Intelligent Forward Collision Warning (I-FCW) and Intelligent Driver Alertness (I-DA) on all grades. Intelligent Around View Monitor (I-AVM) is standard on the Altima Platinum.
Safety Shield 360 includes Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Automatic Braking, Lane Departure Warning (LDW), radar-based Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and High Beam Assist (HBA).
ProPILOT Assist is standard on the 2019 Altima SV, SL and Platinum grades. Also new for 2019 is Rear Automatic Braking (RR-AB).