Nissan Altima is the best selling Nissan model in the US. The car which is in its fifth generation has already sold over 5 million units, often selling over 30,000 units every month. To make the midsized sedan even better in order to maintain its market share as well as attract new customers in the ruthless midsize sedan market, Nissan has added some tweaks on its exterior and interior.
2016 Nissan Altima Exterior
The 2016 Nissan Altima will be offered in 7 trim levels, the SR models are new for 2016. The different models will be; Altima 2.5, 2.5 S, 2.5 SR, 2.5 SV, 2.5 SL, 3.5 SR and 3.5 SL. The 4-door sedan measures 191.9 inches long, 72.0 inches wide and 57.8 inches tall. It will have a wheelbase of 109.3 inches.
The Altima borrow most of its looks form the Maxima and Murano. Most of the new changes on its exterior can be seen on the front fascia. Nissan has hooked up the front with a corporate face which features a V-shaped grille flanked with “boomerang” LED headlights. These headlights feature as standard halogen high beam as well as projector low beam lights. The Altima 3.5 SR and 3.5 SL trims feature LED projector low beam lights and LED DRLs as standard and as an option on the 2.5 SR and 2.5 SL.
The new Altima SR features smoked headlights bezels. The front bumper has been redesigned and is seats lower than that of the outgoing model. The SR, SV and SL trim levels have been equipped with fog lights. The features V-shaped “boomerang” taillights. The rear also features a sculpted bumper with a dark accent, and like the front bumper, it also seats low. There is also a redesigned trunk lid (comes with an integrated spoiler on the Altima SR trim). The Altima will ride on either 17-inch or 18-inch machine-finish alloy wheels.
Overall the vehicle is more aerodynamic and has a lower coefficient of drag which has been reduced from 0.29 Cd to 0.26 Cd. The reduction can be attributed to addition of an under-floor aero cover, active grille shutters and redesigned front and rear fascias.
2016 Nissan Altima Interior
Just like the exterior, the interior also draws inspiration from the Nissan Murano and Maxima. To start with, the cabin features a new center stack and a center console with the “gliding wing” design.
The model which will accommodate five passengers will still feature the “Zero Gravity” front seats which are NASA-inspired. Other features include Siri Eyes voice recognition, the Bose premium audio system and NissanConnect which comes with a Mobile Apps system. All models get a 4.0 inch information display mounted in the gauge cluster as standard.
For safety, the automaker has enhanced the vehicle’s driving aids package. The new package includes blind-spot warning, adaptive cruise control, forward emergency braking, rear cross traffic alert and predictive forward collision warning system.
Engine specs and Performance
The 2016 Nissan Altima drive-trains come unchanged from the outgoing model. It features two engine variants. The first is a 2.5 L 4-cylinder engine that produces 182 hp at 6,000 rpm and 180 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. With this engine Nissan Altima accelerates from 0-60 mph in 7.5 seconds, while the estimated maximum speed is 130 mph.
The second engine is a 3.5 L V6 unit which produces 270 hp at 6,400 rpm and 251 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. With this engine, the new Altima from 0-60 mph sprint in 6.1 seconds, while top speed is about 131 mph.
Both engines will be paired to with an Xtronic CVT transmission system. Its EPA ratings are not yet out; however, Nissan says that the 2.5 L engine will return 39 mpg on highway, a one mpg improvement from the outgoing model’s 38 mpg.
Price and release date
The 2016 Nissan Altima sales will commence on 11th November 2015. The base 2.5 has a starting MSRP price of $ 22,500, $ 22,900 for the 2.5 S, $ 24, 470 for the 2.5 SR, 25,460 for 2.5 SV, $ 27,390 for the 3.5 SR and 32, 090 for the 3.5 SL.