Just look at the oversized V-shaped grille, the headlights, the elements of the lower corners, the sharp creases running over the fender and down the flank… even the wheels look similar.
Of course that’s just from the one angle, and it’s just a rendering. We trust that it faithfully portrays what the production model will look like in the metal, but we can’t vouch for the rest of the bodywork, or the interior. But were it not for the wing mirrors – and Nissan’s accompanying caption – we might think we were still looking at a design sketch for the concept, not the production version.
The Japanese automaker isn’t giving much else away, only confirming that the Altima will indeed be unveiled when the doors open at the Javitz Center in Manhattan on March 28. Rumor has it, though, that the new sedan could offer all-wheel drive, and some measure of electrification.
The previous, fourth-generation Altima offered a hybrid option that was discontinued in 2011 due to lagging sales. The current, fifth-generation model is offered with four- and six-cylinder engines, all mated to a CVT. We wouldn’t be surprised to see a turbo four option offered as well, but we’ll have to wait another few weeks to find out.