Nissan Reveals New Aggressively Styled, All-Wheel Drive Altima For 2019
U.S. cold-weather car enthusiasts received some great news from automaker Nissan at the New York International Auto Show today – the new 2019 Nissan Altima will be available as an all-wheel drive (AWD) sedan starting in fall 2018.
Making its debut in New York, the Altima sports a brand new look that is more appealing than the previous iteration, but those who live in snowy regions of the country have always preferred AWD models, namely SUVs. Nissan says no more.
“We saw that the lack of available all-wheel drive has been a key factor in pushing U.S. buyers who prefer sedans to compact SUVs,” said Denis Le Vot, senior vice president, chairman of management committee Nissan North America, Inc.
Nissan also said the 2019 Altima will offer Intelligent AWD on all trim levels equipped with the automaker’s new 2.5-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder direct-injection engine. That engine will offer better horsepower, torque, noise, vibration, and harshness. Consumers will also find improved fuel economy and cleaner emissions from the Altima’s new engine.
And then there is Nissan’s world’s first production-ready Variable Compression Turbo engine (VC-Turbo), that will replace the outgoing Altima’s 3.5-Liter V6. The VC-Turbo adjusts the compression ratio to maximize power output or fuel economy depending on how you drive it of course.
The midsize sedan class is one of the most competitive automotive segments as is but Nissan is making technological and comfort improvements to the interior of the Altima to keep it highly competitive with automakers like Toyota and Honda.
Nissan has added technology like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, and an available 9-Speaker Bose Premium Audio System to the Altima’s arsenal of features. But the improvements don’t end there.
The 2019 Altima will also boast available driver assistance features like Nissan ProPILOT Assist and Nissan Intelligent Mobility, while also offering a Remote Engine Start System with Intelligent Climate Control. Inside, drivers and passengers will enjoy a more spacious Altima, thanks to an extended wheelbase.
“We believe there is a large population of consumers who prefer a sedan. And we’re giving them a compelling reason to drive a sedan,” said Michael Bunce, Nissan North America’s vice president for product planning.
It certainly seems like more than one compelling reason to consider the 2019 Nissan Altima.