Nissan introduced the next-generation 2019 Altima sedan at the New York Auto Show. The model changed the platform, received a gasoline engine with a variable compression ratio from the Infiniti QX50 and a semi-autonomous driving system.
In comparison with its predecessor, the length of the sedan was increased by 2.5 centimeters, the width by 2.3 centimeters, and the height decreased by 2.8 centimeters. The wheelbase grew by 4.8 centimeters.
For the first time the model will be offered with all-wheel drive. The system is able to give up to 100% of the torque to the rear wheels or distribute the traction in a ratio of 50:50. This transmission is planned to be offered as an option for Nissan Altima models with a 2.5-liter engine rated at 190 horsepower.
All Altimas will use Nissan's Xtronic continuously variable transmissions.
The new Nissan Altima will also receive a 2-liter unit with direct fuel injection. This engine is equipped with a variable compression ratio. It first appeared on the crossover Infiniti QX50. The engine's power will be 252 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 273 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm. All cars with this engine will have only front-wheel drive.
ProPilot Assist will also be offered. It can control the steering, accelerator and brakes, completely stopping and accelerating the car.
"This new Altima builds on 25 years and more than 5.6 million Altima sales to date - but to us, this is just a starting point," said Denis Le Vot, senior vice president, chairman of management committee, Nissan North America, Inc. "That's why we decided to shake up the midsize segment in terms of design, driving enjoyment and technologies that are advanced and affordable."
"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 Le Vot. "Of the top three selling midsize sedans in the U.S., only Altima will offer all-wheel drive. We expect this to be a key sales driver, especially for customers in the northern part of the country."