Tuesday, April 3, 2012

2012 New York Auto Show: 2013 Nissan Altima

The 2013 Nissan Altima was unveiled at the New York Auto Show. The Altima has been built from the ground up for the American market. The Altima still rides on the D-platform along with the new Pathfinder, Infiniti JX, Maxima, and Murano. This new model has shed some pounds due to Nissan's use of ultra-high-strength steel. Nissan will use it's Active Understeer Control software, which will brake the inside front wheels when turning into corners. This will also help limit torque steer in normal driving. There are tons of standard equipment on the Altima including, Pandora, Bluetooth streaming, and hands-free text messaging assistant.

The new Altima will now use Nissan's new QR25 2.5L four-cylinder engine. This engine will produce 182 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque and be mated to Nissan's new CVT transmission. The 4-cylinder engine achieves 27/city and 38/hwy, which is very impressive. The current VQ 3.5L V6 engine will also be an option, it goes unchanged. It will produce 270 hp and achieve 22/city and 30/hwy.The power will be sent to the front wheels. Nissan's new CVT will be the only transmission option. A hybrid version will debut later on.

I think that the new Altima looks great but will definitely have some serious competition from the new Ford Fusion. Overall I do not know how I feel about the new Altima's design. To me it looks exactly like the Nissan Maxima, which was a HUGE problem for the last generation Altima and Maxima. But Nissan seems to have the designs of these two cars too close to each other. Just looking at the Hyundai Sonata and Azera, you can tell they share similar design cues but you won't mistake an Azera for a Sonata. I do believe this model will hurt the sales of the Maxima once again. Why would anyone get a Maxima when they can get the Altima with a very good V6 engine, basically the same styling, and for a cheaper price? I am sure the Altima will continue to sell well and I know it will catch up to the Toyota Camry. I just want Nissan to separate the Altima and Maxima for good!

The new 2013 Nissan Altima will go on sale this summer. The base model Altima  will have a MRSP of over $21,000.

Check back for more details about the Altima!

What are your thoughts on the redesigned Altima?

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