The all-new 2019 Nissan Altima made its debut at the New York Auto Show with a new look, advanced safety technologies, and two new engines. It’s also the first time this mid-size sedan will be available with all-wheel drive.
The new look is longer, lower, and wider to give the Altima a sportier appeal. Sedan sales haven’t been strong industry-wide, so Nissan hopes the Altima’s new design will lure buyers back to the traditional midsize sedan.
ProPilot Assist technology is standard on the SV, SL, and Platinum trims giving Altima drivers a taste of our autonomous future. At the touch of a button, the system controls acceleration, steering, and braking. It uses a combination of cameras and radar to make driving less taxing, but you still have to keep your hands on the wheel. It’s not fully autonomous driving, yet.
Also standard on the SV, SL, and Platinum trims is new rear automatic braking. If the system detects an object while the car is moving in reverse at low speed, it warns the driver. It that warning goes ignored, additional warnings are issued and the system will eventually initiate hard braking to avoid a collision. Every Altima includes automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and a driver alertness warning.
This all-new Altima will also feature two new engines. The standard engine is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder with 188 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. It’s not only more powerful than the previous 2.5-liter, it also posts better fuel economy, lower emissions, and creates less noise so passengers enjoy a quieter cabin.
Your second engine choice is the world’s first production-ready variable compression ratio engine. The VC-Turbo is a 3.5-liter V6 that first appeared in the all-new Infinti QX50. It makes its Nissan debut in the Altima. This advanced engine technology creates greater efficiency along with greater horsepower and torque delivering an impressive 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque in the Altima.
In order to increase the Altima’s appeal for those who live in snowier climates, this generation is the first ever to have available all-wheel drive. It’s an option on all trims equipped with the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine.
Inside, the all-new Altima comes standard with NissanConnect featuring Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and an 8-inch color touchscreen. It also has Apple Watch and Android Wear compatibility and features new available services including over-the-air updates, door-to-door navigation, and real-time traffic.
The 2019 Nissan Altima will be available in S, SR, SV, SL, and Platinum trims. A special limited-edition launch edition will also be available for reservation early this summer.