The redesigned Nissan Altima is set to make its debut at the New York Auto Show late next month.
The North American market may be all SUVs and crossovers these days, but the mid-size family sedan is still a huge segment and Nissan knows it. That’s why they’ll be unveiling their sixth generation Nissan Altima at the New York Auto Show in late March.
According to Autoblog, Altimas have been spotted tooling around for a little while now. From what we can see behind the zebra-like camouflage, the 2019 Altima is getting a facelift to bring it more in line with other Nissan models. The plunging grille is based on the Vmotion 2.0 concept that was unveiled last year.
The thinner headlights are also likely based on the concept car, meaning we’re probably in store for some high efficiency LED lamps. Although it is possible the vinyl camo is covering up some of the headlights.
Besides that, we’re mostly looking at an Altima redesign that seems very similar to the previous generation of the mid-size family sedan. We all know that particular segment is perhaps one of the most boring there is, but it’s still a departure from the Altima’s competitors. Toyota Camry, Chevy Malibu, and the Honda Accord all had radical redesigns to help them stand out from the crown. Nissan is presumably betting on customers wanting the same old family sedan.
Curiously, the Altima remains so much like its predecessor that it eschewed the trendy Fastback roofline that seems to be all the rage with the kids these days. Maybe Nissan is aiming for the older crowd?
We have no details as to what’s under the hood, but you can bet it’ll likely be a base model inline four-banger and an optional big V6. The current model has a two-point-five-L inline 4, while the top of the line Altima sports a naturally aspirated three-point-five-L V6 which puts out 270 hp. Odds are both will be mated to Nissan’s Xtronic CVT.
The New York Auto Show runs from March 30, 2018, to April 8, 2018, but expect Nissan to make the big reveal at a slightly earlier preview event.