U Spy The Bold New Nissan Altima In California

Nissan is working on an all-new Altima and CarScoops reader Howard has caught the model undergoing testing in San Francisco, California.

Previewed by the Vmotion 2.0 concept, the redesigned Altima will ditch its generic front fascia for a bold new design. Previous spy photos have shown the grille will closely echo the concept and feature a large trapezoidal opening and an outer V-shape.

While we can’t see the front of the car in these photos, the rear looks fairly conservative aside from the more dynamic roofline. Despite the ho-hum appearance, there will be stylish touches including an upward kick near the C-pillar which mimics the Maxima.

The photos don’t reveal much of the interior but one of the images appears to show a freestanding infotainment system. This would be a bit of a departure for Nissan as the company normally integrates their displays in the center stack.

Little else is known about the car but it is expected to ride on an updated version of its current platform. However, the wheelbase could be stretched to stay competitive with recent entries such as the Honda Accord which also grew in size.

Engine options are a bit of a mystery as some reports have suggested the 2.5-liter four-cylinder and 3.5-liter V6 could carryover with minor improvements. The four-cylinder currently produces 179 hp (133 kW) and 177 lb-ft (239 Nm) of torque, while the V6 develops 270 hp (201 kW) and 251 lb-ft (339 Nm) of torque.

There have also been rumors of a possible turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a hybrid variant but nothing is official as of yet. However, we shouldn’t have to wait to much longer to find out as the redesigned sedan is expected to arrive in time for the 2019 model year.

Thanks to Howard Corelitz for the photos!

more photos...
  • U8INIT

    Much of gone look like the Maxima…

    • BGM

      I hate to say it but yes. Nissan has belatedly fell for the *same look, different size and type* design blackhole.

  • paulgdeaton

    “Bold” and “Nissan” have become an oxymoron.


  • BlackPegasus

    I only see women driving Altimas.

  • EM1

    Altima is supposed to be a short in lenght car compared to Maxima.

  • Dr Strangefinger

    Some are calling the Altima’s look a ‘visual punch’. True story. And yes, ridiculous.

  • Ron

    Trash bags are bold? Who knew?

Lamborghini Huracan Evo Does The Quarter Mile… Faster Than You’d Think

The latest iteration of the baby Lambo is powered by a screaming 5.2-liter V10 with 631 HP – and boy does it go…

Never Get Lost In Nature Again With The Ranger Raptor’s Clever Sat-Nav

Compared by Ford themselves to breadcrumbs, the system places a virtual pin on the map every second.

Lamborghini Aventador S Art Car Salutes Monterey Car Week Attendees

This Lambo was treated as a canvas by 19-year old American street artist Skyler Grey .

Rivian R1S Buyers Will Be Able To Choose Between Three Roof Configurations

One of the options available on Rivian’s upcoming SUV will be a two-piece, removable composite roof .

2020 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Pounds The Tarmac On The Nordschleife

As with the 991.2-based model, the new GT3 Touring Package will be a 911 purist’s wet dream.

Original McQueen-Driven Mustang Bullitt To Be Auctioned In 2020

The current owner of what is probably the most famous Mustang ever inherited the car from his father.

Driven: 2019 Hyundai Kona Elite Is A Crossover You Might Actually Want

Behind its cute looks, the Kona is a crossover with lots of appealing features that won’t break the bank.

Drako GTE Is A 1200 HP Electric Hyper Sedan That Promises Supercar-Like Handling

Loosely based on the old Fisker Karma, it’s got a massive output, impressive tech and costs $1.25 million.

2019 BMW 330i Fights The Clock At The Hockenheim GP Track

For a four-pot-powered sports sedan, the new generation 330i performed remarkably well on the circuit.

Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S: A Sexy Super Saloon For Those Who Want It All

The GT 63 S four-door combines aggressive looks, room for four and extreme performance, so if you can afford it…