Future Cars: 2019 Nissan Altima Brings The Visual Punch

It’s not a good time to sit back and relax if you’re a mid-sedan manufacturer. Faced with an onslaught of increasing SUV sales, models like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord have upped their game trying to lure buyers with sleek styling, good handling and strong performance.

Then there is the Nissan Altima; which is about as alluring as a bar of soap – sure it does the job, but you’ll promptly forget what job that was. Fortunately, Nissan are injecting some youth into their lineup, so let’s have a rendered peek at how the 2019 Altima will look like.

Dynamic Styling

At a first glance, you could be fooled into thinking you’re looking at a shrunken Maxima, but no, it’s Nissan’s boldest adaptation of Vmotion-styling language to date.

In our computer generated image that is based on the camouflaged prototypes, the front is dominated by a large V-shaped grille, dipping into the lower intake and flanked by a pair of chiseled LED headlamps. A sculptured crease runs from the front fenders, fading outwards to the rear door. Then a secondary crease sits below this and flows towards the taillights.

The side profile is very Maxima-like, with a fastback roofline and separated black section within the C-pillars. Rounding out the rear are Audi-esque tail lamps, twin exhausts and a high deck lid.

Cabin & Architecture

Mirroring the overhauled exterior is a comprehensively redesigned and higher quality cabin. Nissan have joined many others in incorporating a tablet-style infotainment screen with two physical knobs and a row of buttons. The flat-bottomed steering wheel could almost be from a Mazda and the start-button is located in front of the gear lever.

It’s tipped that the Altima will remain on the D platform shared with the Maxima and Murano, with an increase in wheelbase to expand on the current car’s limited interior volume.

Conjecture has the possibility of all-wheel-drive thrown into the mix, adding to the Japanese carmaker’s desire to increase dynamic appeal.

Powertrain & Performance

Nissan have been quiet on future powertrain technology for the Altima, but we expect the current crop of 2.5-litre and 3.5-litre mills to carryover, with CVT to aid improvements in fuel efficiency and performance.

Although discontinued back in 2011, the hybrid model could make a reappearance, along with the possibility of a turbocharged four also joining the range.

It will also have the latest driver assistance technology under the ProPilot banner. Having debuted on the new Nissan Leaf, it’s able to help with steering, braking and acceleration on certain single-lane roads and highways.

Mid-size Rivals:

The 2019 Altima will arrive amongst some freshly updated competition, including the likes of Honda’s new Accord, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata, Mazda6, Chevrolet Malibu, Kia Optima, Ford Fusion and Volkswagen Passat.

Expect it to debut early in the New Year, possibly at the Detroit Motor Show next month.

Does the new Altima have the looks to impress? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Photo Renderings Copyright Carscoops / Josh Byrnes

  • Bo Hanan

    Problem for Nissan is that the Avalon and the Camry went up market. And the Altima can’t go upmarket without stepping on the Maxima’s toes, which it does. But then the Camry does now have 300HP, which is more than the Maxima, which was redesigned 2 years ago.

    • the maxima has 300 HP, get your info correctly. There are spyshot going around and the altima has gone up market also, looking something similar to the interior of the honda accord, which the interior is very different from the maxima, it was written in the article, “Mirroring the overhauled exterior is a comprehensively redesigned and higher quality cabin. Nissan have joined many others in incorporating a tablet-style infotainment screen with two physical knobs and a row of buttons.” what nissan worries will be the engine, but yet again avalon and camry uses the same powered engines, the difference was interior, and outside design..

      • Bo Hanan

        Girl please- Toyota is sending the Avalon higher up market. The Avalon, which is twinned with the Lexus ES, must replace the cancelled GS.This includes an engine size/power increase. The Maxima, with 300HP only matches the Camry, which caught up with it. And I assure you the new Altima will not have 300HP.
        A redesigned Altima with 300HP, at a cheaper price would destroy the Maxima.

        • the Lexus es current HP is 268, as I say before the avalon is expected to give the same 300 HP from the same upgrade engine. There has been several comparison of the new 3.5 in camry couple to new 8 speed, the accord2.0 L turbo 250 HP already eat it for breakfast, it not faster than the maxima, which is still using port injection, by the time the avalon reaches, there will be a redesign of the maxima and it is expected now to be improved the 3.5 with DI with power upgrade, just as in the pathfinder and QX60 which start off with 260 HP port injected engine, now using the 285 HP DI 3.5 liter engine, which expected to be pushing more power and which will offer nissan next generation autonomous drive, which be around level 2 or 3, up from the current level 1.The altima can used the same DI 3.5 liter tune to 300 HP, or the new 1.8 turbo develop by nissan with 300HP used in the megane Rs and the alpine A110, or even the new VCT turbo in the infiniti.

          • Bo Hanan


          • seems that nissan have knock the wind out of you with over 23 powertrain to choose from, you went in a coma, poor soul.

        • Navy P. Morroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          The Altima in “some configurations are cheaper than the Maxima.” If you leveled up the SL 3.5L V-6 Nissan Altima in comparison to the entry-level Nissan Maxima S then you will have a well equipped car competing around a similar price with a Maxima; furthermore, I highly doubt the Altima will come available w/300 horsepower, but it is very exhausting to rule it out.

          There are several things to take in considerations: the Nissan Maxima is a full-size sedan that competes in the full-size class and the Nissan Altima is a midsize sedan that competes in the midsize class, so I don’t think a 300 horsepower Altima will totally decline the Maxima’s sales based on different classes and especially if Nissan makes the Maxima an option with all-wheel drive.

          As for the Avalon replacing the rear-wheel drive GS is hardly based on the proportions of the Avalon underpinnings, drivetrain, engine, class of vehicle, and pricing. If anything, the Lexus LS will have to take and fulfill the GS’ role as a sports/luxury sedan, as Lexus is aiming for that direction in the automotive world.

    • Navy P. Morroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Bo, that’s a discrepancy between Toyota and Nissan because the Avalon is Toyota’s flagship sedan and has been since the beginning of time; most importantly, the Camry did went more upmarket, but it hasn’t stepped on the Avalon’s toes, which is the same scenario with Nissan and its Maxima and Altima.

      The current gen Altima was slightly bigger and more innovated with technology then the previous generation Maxima, and Nissan will not cut corners for its best-sellers for the Maxima, I can guarantee you the bread and butter will be just as upmarket as the Nissan Maxima.

  • dumblikeyou2

    2019 Nissan Altima Brings The Visual Punch……..out of the archives of 2010 it looks like.

  • Honda NSX-R

    I actually like the way this looks but it’ll probably look old really quick.

    • jsz00

      Remember the 2011 Hyundai Sonata? Holy crap it’s so ugly now.

      • Honda NSX-R

        I used to think it look great, now it’s a bit…yes ugly.

  • botornot387

    Not a huge fan of this current gen Nissan styling. It’s just a mess. Also, had a rental maxima recently and the quality is subpar. you could literally knock on the doors, sounded like a tin can of tuna

    • yes the tin can of tuna pass the IIHS small overlap crash test and is a top safety pick +, which other have fail. So knocking on doors does not determine safety or Quality. what do you think? well it must be new to you, but all cars are losing weight, to improve efficiency. Maybe you need to check out new cars structures.

  • :/ Yurr

    I actually like the way the Maxima looks so if looks kinda like that it’ll do fine.. :/

  • Leconte Dave

    No one like CVT’s

    • Honda NSX-R

      Except the people that don’t know what it is, they’re fine with it.

    • but, yet honda sell alot of CRV, accord and Civic, nissan sell alot of rogue and altima, you need to revisit your conclusion, to in you do not like CVT’s, and leave people out of it.

    • Raton Laveur

      Agree. Although Nissan did improve the feeling, it is still the worst choice as a transmission. I’d would buy anything else than something with a CVT.

      • please do not make me laugh, unless you have driven all cars that is make, there is no worst choice of transmission, the 9 speed that honda/acura uses, gives gear hunting,rough shift and failure, the DCT in the fords and acura complains is just huge. I am very sure many people would have prefer a reliable CVT over all these problems.

  • Six Thousand Times

    The front’s far too busy so I’d say it’s about perfect.

  • FlameWater

    Sad this will be FWD only

    • Carman14

      I think that you will be pleasantly surprised when it comes to market.

  • Mark S

    It needs to be fun to drive. I like the looks.


    does maxima already big enough?

  • smartacus

    Not interested in Nissan reliability.


    • geez it not the real car, it a render.


  • Liam Paul

    looks like a hyundai elantra from the front and kia optima from the back with nissan cues. Nice looking though

  • Dennis Scipio

    Folks, they just used the spy shots released online and go from there, the final product will probably look slightly different than this.

  • Taegon Lewis

    This has to be, the meanest Altima, I’ve ever seen. (Despite the fact; the image shown, is just a rendering.) And, I like it!

    But, the sad part is; the (future) production model will be riddled, with a *shutter* CVT-Transmission. That; and, it would be immediately curb-stomped, by the new (up-coming) Toyota Avalon.

    • avalon and altima does not compete, the camry complete with the altima. Shutter CVT transmission? hey this is not 2013 or 2014, which any way the shutter CVT was more found in the pathfinder, nissan altima CVT have new generation of CVT from 2015 with D step shift logic, that mimic conventional transmission, which maybe have missed you. The Avalon and the maxima compete, current the maxima use port injection engine, by time the avalon reaches , it expected the maxima to get the new DI in the pathfinder and QX60, or nissan could simple used their newly develop 1.8 turbo with 300 HP used in the megane RS or the newly develop VCT 2.0 turbo, which the maxima would have an upgrade interior and also running level 2 or 3 autonomous city and highway driving, things are not going to be that easy for the up coming Avalon.

  • Kash

    This looks like the artist really likes or was just staring at a pre-F/L Sonata while doing this. I see a ton of Hyundai/Sonata in the front and side

  • Jesse A. C. Majors

    This car has no direction

  • Bash


  • Stigasawuswrecks

    I would never buy a Nissan. My friend’s Altima had their 2013’s CVT fail at 118k miles and Nissan charged them $3000 to fix it. If they had the V6 model they would’ve fixed it for free but since it was the 4 cylinder, which used the same exact transmission, they had to pay. Those CVT’s are complete junk and until Nissan ditches them I would never buy one.

    • let me put all automakers aside, when belt CVT came out they have higher failure compare to other transmission, but CVT in cars are newer than DCT and regular auto , and notice I said in cars, and not usage, that has been around for more time, CVT are improving in reliability, but has not reach DCT or regular transmission stage but as development continue it getting there, as some CVT has record of over 200 to 300 K miles. You may not know but regular 9 speed and DCT are also failing even before 20K, ask motortrend with new honda minivan. So it not just a CVT problem. Yet again there is noway to properly measure who makes the best belt CVT, as apart from nissan who use it in every FWD model, honda is the second automaker who used the most CVT, follow by subaru,and toyota only used it in the corolla. But what I do know, all of them used it in most of their cars in other part of the world.

  • USOZ

    God this is ugly!

  • Simon Simmons

    This is hot, now the Camry looks 4 years old already.

    • dtd

      The exterior is nice, but the interior is not as good as the Camry.

      • Simon Simmons

        and you have pictures to prove that?

        • dtd

          I only saw the interior spy shot of the next Nissan Altima . It looks like the Honda Accord’s interior.


    MR16DDT and other turbo? or will keep the VQ35?

    • Joel M.

      Turbo 2.0L likely (no AWD)…anything smaller would not be worth the higher cost than a Sentra. Would prefer a twin turbo 3.0L VR V6… All reports online seem to sadly indicate no more V6 VQ35DE for the Altima from here forward! Not good! Or as a certain president would say: “Bad Nissan! BAD!” 😉 Ask poster Carmaker1 for the official word down in Tennessee…or wait a few weeks until the Auto Show! If V6 is desired, consider a new V6 Toyota Camry…

  • Shelmadine

    i don’t know much about cars nor am i into them like that but i am a nissan altima driver and i love the car i really don’t care what other cars are out there i go for the gas saver an so far the altima is doing that all i will do is upgrade when the 2019 comes out because from what i’ve seen that 2019 is bad.

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