The multinational automobile manufacturer is planning to release the new model 2018 Nissan Altima. Tackling its Honda rivals, this vehicle is surely a stylish alternative to the Civic, sources say. But what make the 2018 Nissan Altima unique? To answer this Nissan has come up with a set of refurbishments which will improve how this car looks in the first place. Since the current model is relatively older and is dying for a replacement, the Nissan has finally agreed to add more sportiness. Expect a host of new changes to this new vehicle. Starting with its crunchier looks, the host of technological updates is surely a necessity. The 2018 model expects some nitty-gritty changes (Read updates) from its 2016 version. Adding to its valor, this new model is set to hit the minds of the urban travelers with an AWD and loads of cosmetic changes.
2018 Nissan Altima – Expected Changes From the Outside
Apart from a few borderline features, the 2018 Nissan Altima will not feature major changes in terms of its looks. The minor changes in its structure might include some changes borrowed from Maxima. The blend of other proportions actually adds to its beauty albeit customers’ high expectations. The huge grilles and stronger headlamps mean to provide improved visibility and add to its appearance. Also, the slightly larger than its current model, this new vehicle has got bigger wheels and more aerodynamic looks. The 2018 Nissan Altima SR trim might get smoky headlamps and rear spoilers. Lower trims, however, continue sporting the 16-inch alloys with minor interior improvements. While most of the changes that are announced dishearten potential car enthusiasts, leather upholstered SL trim features exclusive improvements in interiors.
Although not many changes are visible on its exterior, the 2018 Nissan Altima might include some notable change in its interior. This includes an addition of leather upholstered seats for the higher trims. The sporty sculpted dashboard boast of a unique design and Nissan leaves no stones unturned when it comes to entertainment.
The array of features includes Siri Eyes Free Connectivity which is available on almost all the rims. Apart from this, talks are on for refiguring the rearview backup camera. This will aid in identifying blind spots.
In terms of connectivity, the smartphone-based Nissan Connect feature will cater to connect user’s phones. Smartphone integration will allow taking care of certain features with an Android-based phone or iPhone. While lower trims get 5-inch dashboard screens, SL version installs 7-inch touchscreens to let users control everything.
This is probably where it gets more competitive. The 2.5 liters 4 cylinders engine promises greater power although Nissan might plan to replace it. This will produce an excess of 179 HP and 177 lb-ft of torque. Combine this with a more fuel efficient system, and the 2018 Nissan Altima almost wins above its Honda competitors.
The 3.5 liters V6 is, however, more powerful to the tune of 270 HP and 251 lb-ft of torque. However, the rumors have it that Nissan might consider replacing this with a smaller displacement engine. All these engine variants some with six or seven-speed auto transmission which aims to increase acceleration and make its power delivery more elastic.
In terms of fuel economy, the 2018 Nissan Altima scores huge. While the 2.5 SR produces 30 mpg (combined), the 3.5 variants lag a bit to the tune of 26 mpg combined. The new sets of safety features might include frontal collision mitigation and advanced cruise control.
Pricing and Competition
Keeping the prices competitive, expect the 2018 Nissan Altima to be available at around $23,400 for the base model. However, the addition of V6 engines and additional technology changes might call for extra costs. The 3.5 SL trim variant, for example, might be available at $30,000.
Regarding competition, the Ford and Honda alone might be enough to ring the death knell of this vehicle. Superior in almost all respects, the Honda Accord and Volkswagen Passat are smarter alternatives although, in terms of looks, Altima’s a killer.
Verdict and Release Dates
The potential car lovers deeply feel the absence of a turbocharged engine. The new sets of features that are available in the 2018 Nissan Altima are almost negligible and might take another year or two to incorporate a complete reburied model. As of now, this model can arrive anywhere towards the tail end of 2017.