2019 Nissan Altima: Everything We Know

We’re just minutes away from the reveal of the new 2019 Nissan Altima, as the Japanese carmaker has announced its debut for the New York Auto Show.

Given that the design of the sixth generation Altima was previewed by the Vmotion 2.0 concept at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, we expect to see a much sportier, and balanced, mid-size sedan from Nissan.

The current model has been in the market since 2012 and while SUVs have taken a significant chunk out of its sales figures, it’s still one of Nissan best-selling models in the U.S. market.

The ins and outs of the new design

As you can see in our own artist’s depiction of the car below, the front end of the new Altima will feature Nissan’s latest take on the V-motion design language, with a pronounced V-shaped grille backed by a pair of angry-looking LED headlamps.

The body’s shoulder lines will also form a V pointing towards the front, giving the new Nissan some much needed road presence in a segment where most rivals are new, including the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry.

But this isn’t just a redesign of the old model. The wheelbase will be longer, giving rear passengers more room to stretch while the dashboard will also be influenced by the study, featuring a tablet-like display for the infotainment system and a tall transmission tunnel.

There’s a more comprehensive redo of the cabin that will see the introduction of a more modern, tablet-style infotainment screen taking a prominent place on the dashboard.

The interior will also feature better, more premium materials, including metallic finishes, contrast stitching and a three-spoke steering wheel similar to that found in the Rogue crossover. The layout will be simple and easy to use, with less physical buttons than before and a sportier atmosphere.

New tech, possibly optional AWD and same engines (mostly)

The new 2019 Nissan Altima is believed to ride on an updated version of the front-drive D platform that underpins numerous Nissan, Infiniti and even Renault models, including the current Maxima and Murano. Apart from the longer wheelbase, the new Altima will definitely get an optional all-wheel drive system.

According to our latest intel, the Japanese carmaker will introduce a reworked version of the 182hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder as the base engine, while replacing the current 270hp 3.5-liter V6 engine with a new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit shared with the Infiniti QX50. In the latter, the variable compression ratio 2.0 Turbo produces 268hp and 288 pound-feet of torque.

A hybrid option is also reportedly on the cards, which given Nissan’s future agenda and the current market trends will be the least surprising element of the new Altima. All engines will be offered with a CVT automatic transmission, just like before.

Expect to see a full range of driver assistance systems covering all grounds, including a version of Nissan’s ProPilot semiautonomous technology, complete with all kinds of sensors to allow the new Altima to drive itself, under supervision from the driver of course.

When will it arrive and for how much?

Nissan will reveal the new 2019 Altima on March 28, at the New York Auto Show. Sales are expected to begin this summer across the country, with prices slightly increased over the outgoing model that starts from just under $24,000 in the States.

Article has been updated with new information regarding the powertrains and spy shots of both the exterior and interior, as well as the live video stream from the 2018 New York Auto Show

Live Video Stream From The NY Auto Show

Rendering copyright Carscoops / Josh Byrnes

2019 Nissan Altima official sketch
2019 Nissan Altima official sketch
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Spy photos credits S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

  • Bash

    Looks great for what it is. I like the Camry more tho.

    • Jay

      Camry is the best looking right now but this is pretty good looking so far. I like the new interior and hope Nissan will finally bring CarPlay.

      • Bash

        What about the CVT? Don’t you have any take on it.

        • Jay

          Yes, I dislike it very much. I will have my FxX50 until they have something good to replace it with. I was actually willing to give that new QX50 a go but it just isn’t worth it yet..

  • Harry Nimmergut

    Based on Nissan’s track record (and most other manufacturers, lately) AVOID the new model at all costs for at least one year, better two. I expect the new one to see a substantial price increase, but then Nissan gets itchy about beating the Accord, and ends up plopping a ton of cash on the hood about six months after intro. Given Honda’s predisposition this year at not putting any good deals on the new Accord (the Camry is KILLING it in sales), and the sedan market tanking, it might not even take Nissan that long.

    It does look good, but renderings always look a lot better than the real thing.

    • Infinite1

      I normally wait a year or two before I buy a new model car. Want the kinks and bugs fixed before I buy one but will never buy another Nissan let alone, an Altima.

    • OD. LP

      Completely agree with you, just read an article on how there have been enough Honda’s on the lots for the past 104 days that aren’t selling as well as Honda had hoped. So huge incentives are bound to show up on those, or the only likely buyers will be the rental car companies… Thus cheapening the brand from where they’d like to be.

      Camry, top notch body style… It’s aggressive in the right places, subtle in others, and though the interior could still use some updating – it would be my current pick. That is until the new Altima arrives.

      • man

        Honda put those pair of small displacement engines in so I won’t even compare with Camry anymore.
        The turbo needs top fuel and maintenance, so not going to succeed with US gas mix.

  • ErnieB

    What happened to zen.. all of these Japanese cars are the just over designed.. not very attractive..

  • Leconte Dave

    Not on my list of car just because of the cvts


  • Joe Blo

    Jatco CVTs. FAIL!!!

    • nissan CVT has improve over the years, this is not 2013. Matter of fact nissan has move up the rank in both CR and JD power recent dependable survey.

  • Joe Blo

    But does it have Propilotassist???

  • Jason Miller

    They are all in the “mid-size sedan” category.

  • Craig

    CVT ONLY. No thanks! It looks good though.

  • Alter Ego

    Two prototypes in camo drive by me yesterday. I didn’t get any pictures but I could tell that the V is going to be huge. I guess this is going to be Nissan’s entry into the Polarizing Sedan Design contest.

  • Mynameis Taylor

    your’e correct. It doesn’t. That would be the Maxima, right?

    • Jason Miller

      Accord, Camry and Altima are all in the “mid-size” category.

  • BlackPegasus

    Looks like they cloned the Accord’s interior.

    • Liam Paul

      It also looks cheap to me

      • really, tell me what does the seat material look like , and the color thread stitch?

    • Infinite1

      I was thinking the same thing

      • Nissan altima was spotted from last year with that interior, well before accord was reveal.

    • how could, they, nissan car has been spotted from last year, with the interior, before honda accord was reveal.

  • BlackPegasus

    Thanks for the ad. Leave your business card at the mailbox on your way out.

  • brn

    Nobody believes you.

    • Dr Strangefinger

      I certainly do not. CVTs suck it!

      • Every manufacture is turning to CVT, honda, toyota, subaru, even hyundai who said they will never sell them.

        • Dr Strangefinger

          True, but they still suck it.

  • Harry Nimmergut

    OK, I’m ALREADY getting tired of these freestanding-look tablet-like infotainment screens. Copy cat, copy cat. At least, unlike Kia, the center air vents won’t send your elbows into deep-freeze, not quite anyway. But certainly a hard chill.

    • Dr Strangefinger

      Word, bro!

    • Nordschleife

      I actually don’t mind them. You may have some years to go. Despite lots of people not liking them they keep making their way into vehicles.

    • Infinite1

      Auto makers call it the “floating display” which I don’t like. Looks more like an after thought to me

  • Paul

    It looks nice enough but I don’t like all these stand up Etch A Sketch screens in the new cars though.

  • Nordschleife

    Over designed in your opinion. I happen to like the new crop of cars because they elicit some type of emotion.

  • Bob

    Absolute last on my list of Japanese manufacturers to buy cars from.

    • Infinite1


    • Honda NSX-R

      Even Mitsubishi over a Nissan?

      • Bob

        As much as I love the GT-R (and more so the Skyline GT-Rs), it’s hard to ignore how mediocre their other cars are.

        Mitsubishi is only better because I just tolerate their cars. I actively avoid Nissan.

  • Infinite1

    I’ve owned a 2010 Altima with the crappy CVT transmission that was eventually replaced. Had to deal with three dealerships and bringing my Altima back three times until Nissan Corp. finally decided to replace the transmission. They dragged their feet the entire time during this ordeal, not approving a loaner vehicle when my car was taken for weeks at a time, not returning calls, etc. After dealing with horrific customer service from the dealerships and Nissan Corp. I would never ownanother Nissan again, not even the GTR and that’s been my dream car.
    No more Nissan for me, I’ll wait for the Supra or the RS5 coupe to come out.

    • ‘I would never own another Nissan again, not even the GTR and that’s been my dream car’
      I am still wondering what was your relevance of being here, it clear you have no interest of owning a nissan cars.

      • Infinite1

        Commenting my experience, apparently what I said struck a nerve with you since you’ve left two snide remarks.

        • what relevance does the 2010 altima has with 2019? futhermore you said you would not buy a next nissan altima.The topic is not about owing a 2010 altima

          • Infinite1

            I can comment on what I want, Mr. comment police. Why don’t you go troll the rest of the people who are talking about Nissan as well.

          • rest of the people is not commenting on 2010 altima or Altima they owing, or they would not buy another, they are more talking about the CVT, interior and design.

          • Enter Ranting

            If I had gone through what Infinite1 had gone through, regardless of model year, Nissan would be dead to me.

          • Exactly point, if nissan is dead to you, what are you doing here?

          • Enter Ranting

            I’m here to tell you that Nissan would be dead to me if I went through what Infinite1 had gone through. Is that so difficult to understand? I can’t make it any simpler.

          • And I am asking , so why is he here if nissan is dead to him. There are many article about the toyota surpra he said he is interested in.

  • I believe you, there are many that have gone over 300,000 miles without a problem, but the issue is when nissan first start sell these CVT, some had issues and some fail, instead of nissan replacing the unit without any trouble, customers was greeted with not a friend greetings, and went to report nissan to the government safety broad, yes they introduce a 10 year warranty after , but after they damage their own reputation, yes they got better, but in 2014 they had some issue again with the CVT shudder, and missing acceleration, yes the problem was not major, but they were slow in fixing it, yes the CVT has got better,now and they introduce D step shift logic, which makes it drives more like conventional transmission, and despite their reliability has improve and despite the percentage of CVT failure was only 1% to 2%, but the damage of reputation from previous owners is still causing a mill hang around their necks.

  • Bob

    Bro. It’s an article about a Nissan Altima. It’s not unreasonable to hear someone talk about their experience with a Nissan Altima in a Nissan Altima article.

    All those Alfa articles are usually sprinkled with a “my uncle had one in 1972, it broke all the time” type comments as well and that’s always been okay.

    Seeing as we aren’t as accomplished as you, and are still in 2018, the rest of us have no experience whatsoever with the 2019 Altima so anything Nissan is fair game here. You aren’t going to tell us that commenting on Nissans in a Nissan article isn’t staying on topic.

    • bro the article is about the 2019 altima everything we know, not about the nissan altima, furthermore 2010 was not the last generation, Sure there has been 2013 model when that generation came out, and the CVT (now with D step shift logic) and engine (now with CVTS or variable valve timing on both intake and exhaust) has improve significantly, he had his 2010 altima a generation behind. It is not staying on topic, because 2010 has nothing in common with even the 2013 model year. Simple put they are two different car although has the same name.

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