2019 Nissan Altima revealed with turbo and All-Wheel-Drive
Nissan uncovers the sixth generation Altima mid-size sedan at the on-going 2018 New York Auto Show and the new sedan comes, for the first time in history, with semi-autonomous capabilities and, surprisingly, all-wheel-drive.
The looks of the 2019 Nissan Altima is based on Nissan’s Vmotion 2.0 design language. The front fascia of the Altima is honed to be low-slung and more aerodynamic. The sharpness of the body lines is also found on the LED headlights. The new model is longer, wider and lower than the outgoing model.
Powering the 2019 Altima is a number of engines that are all mated to a CVT transmission. The base model feature a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder with 188 hp and 244 Nm. The higher models have Nissan’s variable-compression 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine replacing the existing V6 motor. It churns out a respectable 248 hp and losing two cylinders must have increased the fuel efficiency as well.
The 2.0-litre engined models are front-wheel driven while an all-wheel-drive option is provided for the 2.5-litre models. The system is front-biased but can transfer up to 50 percent of the power to the rear when needed. A limited slip differential also helps in gaining traction.
Inside, Nissan has packed the Altima with safety tech like automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and Intelligent Driver Alertness as standard offerings. On top of all these, the ProPilot Assist system which helps the car hold its lane in stop-go city traffic in SV, SL and Platinum trims. There is also a rear automatic braking system which brakes the car if it senses obstacles during low-speed reversing maneuvers.
The 2019 Nissan Altima will go on sale in the US shortly. It should reach the UAE, Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries by the end of the year.