The ongoing Altima has been released back in 2012. However, the car is actually based on the same D-platform as the previous model. This gave it less than ideal performance. Its interior was never as big as it should have been and its engines have been among the less powerful out there. A new model is expected to solve most of these issues. Not that long ago the Vmotion 2.0 concept has been released and it seems it previews the upcoming 2019 Nissan Altima. Even though we would have loved a rear wheel drive Nissan, it seems the upcoming car will remain front wheel drive.
2019 Nissan Altima More details
This time around the Altima is expected to use Renault’s much newer CMF-CD chassis. This is a modular platform which would allow Nissan to give the car a much better internal layout. The car is expected to follow the dimensions of the concept. The 112.2 inch long wheelbase as well as the 74.4 inches of width are expected to be seen on the production model with minimal differences.
This would mean a more than 2 inches improvement over the older model. The length might decrease in order to allow Nissan to give the Altima a much sportier design than before. Considering how good things went with the Maxima, we would expect the pricing scheme of the Altima to remain the same as before.
One of the largest drawbacks with the current car has been the way it looks and the average chassis. Both of these are going to be solved with the 2019 Nissan Altima. For starters, the new platform would be considerably stiffer than before. Also, its design is no longer going to be that dull. Instead it seems Nissan is going to take a lot of the cues found on the larger Maxima.
The coupe-like appearance, the car’s wide stance and aggressive design are all expected on the smaller Altima. A large V-shaped grille, swept-back headlights, slim tail lights and an overall cleaner design should allow their mid-size offering to become one of the better selling cars in its class.
Inside the cabin
The interior of the Altima has never been a problem. Even though the amount of space has been average at best, the car was definitely quieter and more comfortable than most of its rivals. The new model will likely improve on everything the current car had.
We expect a more comfortable ride, better seats in the front and at the back, more trunk space as well as considerably more features on the base trim levels. The rather dull-looking dashboard will likely be replaced with something more modern, more similar to what the Maxima has to offer. A wider center console, less buttons and a three-spoke steering wheel would go a long way.
Under the hood
So far the Altima has been available with either a 2.5 liter inline 4 with 182 horsepower or with a 270 horsepower 3.5 liter naturally aspirated V6. Both of them are quite average in terms of power delivery and due to the standard CVT the smaller 2.5 liter engine might feel under-powered at times. The 2019 Nissan Altima might make the move to turbocharged power.
Nissan does have in its portfolio a 1.6 liter turbo-four with up to 200 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque. This would be a perfect replacement for the 2.5 liter engine. The V6 is likely going to stick around for a while. However, instead of just 270 horsepower it might be bumped closer to 300 horsepower. The old CVT automatic might be replaced with a 7 speed dual-clutch provided by Getrag, at least for the smaller engine. This is currently in use on other CMF cars and so far it has been mostly trouble-free.