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2019 Nissan Altima unveiled at New York

2019 Nissan Altima unveiled at New York

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The new Nissan sedan, the 2019 Nissan Altima was shown at the New York International Auto Show last week and we got a close look at what will be one of the Japanese automaker’s best-selling vehicles. In a market that is becoming steadily more competitive will the Altima stay relevant?

In a word yes and there’s good news for Canadian owners too. The 2019 Nissan Altima will be available in AWD. Apparently this decision was made to satisfy the needs of Canadian buyers.

2019 Nissan Altima
The design of the 2019 Nissan Altima is very similar to the current one. That’s a good thing I think. It remains unique from the sportier Maxima yet remains current and within the Nissan design language. It has had some tweaks, the front grille is now much more integrated and the new look lights at the rear add a touch of class.

Inside, the cabin is comfortable and well appointed. While the show model is obviously top spec, the layout, controls, seating and interior space all look the part and continue Nissan’s habit of delivering solid spaces with a touch of luxury.

The engine is another big change. Gone is the V6 and in is a new variable compression turbocharged four cylinder. It delivers 248 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque which is close to what the old V6 produced but should benefit from better gas mileage. Variable compression is the answer to the challenge of making an engine powerful and frugal rather than one or the other. Currently serving the Infiniti QX50 well, the new engine is probably the second most important change to the new Altima.

Other new features of the 2019 Nissan Altima include ProPILOT Assist on the Platinum, SL and SV trims. Nissan Safety Shield 360 with Rear Automatic Braking, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert and high-beam assist. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will also feature.

The inclusion of Nissan Safety Shield 360 should ensure good safety scores for the 2019 Nissan Altima. It includes many leading driver aids and the new Rear Automatic Braking that helps drivers when reversing. It provides the same kind of warnings when manoeuvring the car as when driving forwards.

Overall, the 2019 Nissan Altima looks to concentrate more on substance than style. It takes a second to notice the differences between the current model and this one, but once you do, you cannot unsee it. The new variable compression engine should be a good addition to the car and for Canadians at least, the inclusion of AWD is a real bonus.

The 2019 Nissan Altima is slated to hit production in the coming months. Exact dates and prices have yet to be announced.

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