Nissan Altima revealed in New York
Particulars of the all-new Nissan Altima have been exposed in the lead-up to the New York car show, previewing the mid-sized sedan Nissan will introduce to Australia in 2013.
The US-created and -engineered medium sedan will very first appear in Australia as Nissan’s V8 Supercar contender in March 2013, before the production vehicle goes on sale across the country in the 2nd half of 2013.
At 4864mm long, 1829mm wide, 1471mm tall and with a wheelbase of 2776mm, the US-spec Altima is in fact 14mm longer than the existing Australian-spec Maxima massive automobile, but is somewhat decrease and thinner.
In spite of this, Nissan Australia’s common manager of product sales and fleet Ian Moreillon says the Altima will be marketed as a medium vehicle, with its sights set firmly on segment favourites like the Toyota Camry, Mazda6, Hyundai i45 and Honda Accord Euro.
At this stage, Nissan intends to promote the Altima alongside the Maxima in its Australian line-up instead than launch it as a direct substitute for the big sedan, though with the former’s launch nevertheless 18 months away, neither car’s long term has been finalised but.
In the US, the new Nissan Altima will be offered from launch with two petrol engines: a 136kW/244Nm two.5-litre 4-cylinder and a 201kW/350Nm three.five-litre V6. The smaller sized engine is a no-brainer for our market place, whilst Moreillon said it would be a “good idea” to offer you a sporty variant – possibly with the V6. Both engines are teamed with a brand-new X-Tronic continuously variable transmission (CVT), and the V6 model gets paddle shifters.
According to US specifications, the V6 burns by way of 9.four litres of petrol per 100km, even though the four-cylinder is much more frugal at 7.6L/100km on the combined cycle. Nissan USA vice president and basic manger Al Castignetti said a second-generation hybrid model was under consideration but would still be “a little way off” if it was offered the green light.
The outgoing five-year-old Altima is the second-highest-offering passenger automobile in the US behind the Camry, which was upgraded for that marketplace late final year. Toyota offered 42,567 Camrys in the US in March, even though Nissan just missed top spot at 41,050. Nissan expects its all-new Altima to make the brand even more aggressive in the hottest section in the US, medium cars.
Moreillon says Nissan Australia is targeting an eight per cent share of the neighborhood medium section – roughly 500-600 vehicles per month. That would potentially make the Altima the second most well-liked mid-sizer behind the Camry, which averages all around 1400 revenue per month.
Nissan Australia does nevertheless not know in which our Altimas will be produced. The US is one chance at the second, even though Japan and Thailand are also on the shortlist. Moreillon mentioned the last selection on the car’s production resource is unlikely to be created prior to the starting of up coming year.
The 2013 Nissan Altima is equipped with a quantity of clever features, headlined by the NASA-inspired “zero-gravity” seats. Drawing on investigation from the aeronautical experts, the Altima’s seats are created to place the body as close as achievable to ‘neutral posture’, minimizing muscular and spinal loads, enhancing blood movement and escalating all round comfort on extended journeys.
The US-spec Altima also becomes the very first Nissan to characteristic NissanConnect, a communications technique that incorporates Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming, hands-totally free text messaging, Pandora integration and Sirius satellite radio, and iPod/USB inputs.
Large-grade designs add satellite navigation with a seven-inch touchscreen, voice recognition, 3D maps and turn-by-turn navigation, which is integrated into a four-inch display in the instrument cluster, allowing drivers to maintain their eyes closer to the road.
Far more to come.
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