2019 Nissan Altima Revealed, Gets AWD Option And 2.0L Turbo

This is the new 2019 Nissan Altima, unveiled at the ongoing New York Auto Show and a replacement to the outgoing model which has been kicking since 2012.

As we long expected, the design of the Altima represents the latest take on the firm’s V-motion design language and therefore incorporates a V-shaped grille and a pair of aggressive headlights. Design inspiration has been taken by the Vmotion 2.0 Concept from a little over 12 months ago but for the most part, the Altima’s exterior design isn’t hugely different from the current car.

Instead, there is a selection of advanced safety technologies and two new powertrains which really bring the Altima up-to-date.

Infiniti turbo power

An important addition to the range is the availability of a variable compression turbo inline four-cylinder engine first introduced by Infiniti. This powertrain will replace the previous-generation Altima’s 3.5-liter V6. Displacing 2.0-liters, the variable compression engine will be offered on the Altima SR and Platinum grades and mated exclusively to a front-wheel drive system. It produces 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque (on premium fuel).

There are three other trim levels available, dubbed S, SV, and SL alongside the aforementioned two. All five come standard with a 2.5-liter engine that delivers 188 horsepower (versus the previous 2.5-liter’s 179 hp) and 180 lb-ft of torque (versus the previous 177 lb-ft) and features 80% new or redesigned parts. They’re also available with all-wheel drive for the first time on an Altima model.

As previously confirmed, the 2019 Altima is the brand’s third model to receive the semi-autonomous ProPILOT Assist system. Under certain driving conditions, such as single-lane highways, the system drastically reduces the amount of acceleration, steering, and braking input needed by the driver.

Elsewhere, the Altima features Rear Automatic Braking, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Automatic Braking, Lane Departure Warning, radar-based Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and High Beam Assist.

Interior changes

Step inside the cabin and you’ll find Nissan’s ‘gliding wing’ instrument panel. Additionally, there’s a sporty three-spoke steering wheel, new seats with added bolstering, NissanConnect SM featuring Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and an 8-inch multi-touch color display.

“This new Altima builds on 25 years and more than 5.6 million Altima sales to date – but to us, this is just a starting point,” said Denis Le Vot, senior vice president, chairman of management committee, Nissan North America. “That’s why we decided to shake up the midsize segment in terms of design, driving enjoyment and technologies that are advanced and affordable.”

Nissan will launch the 2019 Altima with an exclusive launch edition based on the Platinum VC-Turbo and offered in limited quantities from early summer 2018.

Article updated with new information and live images from the NY Auto Show

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  • gor134

    Looks really good. Thought the headlights would be too big from the soy shits, but it’s just right. Also the interior looks very airy and simple, which is a good thing.

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      Try beef, too much soy is obviously not agreeing with you!

  • willhaven

    There’s 1% of people that will buy this car at full retail. The other 99% will lease based on incentives and the resale value of this car will plummet like the Fusion or Malibu. Did Nissan just give up?

  • U8INIT

    Handsome yet underwhelming at the same time….they turnt it out putting that VC-Turbo in it…but don’t know why they won’t Make Infiniti Great Again…

  • ZYGIUS

    Nisaudexus :))

    • no25

      no. looks nothing like a Lexus. just stop.

      • Kate E

        With that floating roof and Lexus NX taillights? Probably.

        • no25

          Probably not, sweetheart. Taillights look NOTHING like the NX’s. There’s a thing called Google, so look it up. Also, Nissan has always done the floating roof.

          • Hi I am Zako

            True. guess only few people know floating roof is actually a thing of Nissan. I am more curious about if the interior tablet thing is straight out of an Accord.

  • Toronado_II

    Nice, but I expected more. I like the interior but I can’t get used of the flotting screen in any car.
    Awd and variable turbo are really interresting.

    • BlackPegasus

      Status?

      🤣

      • Toronado_II

        Gotta to drive it to tell you more… I’ll keep you in touch !
        ;o)

  • Christian

    The best way to put this car, is to say its the equivalent of our VW Passat here in europe. It seems to have the same status!

  • rover10

    Not as visually resolved as the car it replaces. That model at launch was very impressive indeed. This design looks contrived with odd shapes and meaningless detailing. Can’t help thinking saloons are hampered by their conventionality, where SUV’s still have some mileage left in them from a styling point of view?

  • donald seymour

    Oh tha Sistas are going to love this.

    • U8INIT

      LMAO!!! You ain’t right yo…lol!!! But she will push this with a fresh pixie cut…

      • donald seymour

        You already know.

    • BlackPegasus

      LOL I should’ve read your comment first 🤣

      • donald seymour

        Bruh, ya already know.

    • Nordschleife

      This made me laugh way harder than it should. I see black and silver Altima’s driven by bus drivers and females that do hair everywhere. LOL

      • donald seymour

        You already know the deal. Laugh out Loud.

    • Leconte Dave

      I’m dead lmao. Side chick mobile

      • donald seymour

        Or the Black soro with the front plate. Laugh out Loud.

      • donald seymour

        I really didn’t want to go there, but for whatever reason the side chick tends to lean towards buying an Altima or a G6. I don’t know why.

        • Leconte Dave

          Or the Impala

    • Six Thousand Times

      It’s funny because it’s true.

    • jbworldwide1

      That’s racist.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        He’s black.

        • jbworldwide1

          That’s sexist.

      • donald seymour

        I’m Black so it’s called cultural awareness.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Oh, word.

  • WG

    The interior resembles that of the accord, though i prefer the accord’s more.

  • Mind Synthetic

    wow, im surprised people like this, interior isnt bad but exterior looks cheap and design elements are all over the place. feel like they designed this for the rental market, or people who dont care about what the car looks like. sad

  • PK

    it looks umm sharp. that’s pretty much all i can sum up with this car.

  • cbATL

    This is f’en hideous. What is with Japanese manufacturers overly designed style? The front end…makes Lexus jealous.

  • john1168

    I think it looks good. Not great but good. I really like the interior. It’s nice that there’s an all wheel drive option now and it will be interesting to see this option on the Maxima.

    With the CVT transmission, we won’t see torque figures over 270 lb/ft.

  • botornot387

    Continuing Nissan’s era of ugly. Honestly what’s the point of AWD if you aren’t even going to bother to offer it on the better engine.

    • They probably don’t want to take sales away from Infiniti…

      • botornot387

        My reasoning as well. Sad only in that it proves that Infiniti is an also ran instead of competing with the luxury vehicles

    • Grumpy

      You expect too much from a budget brand. 2.0 turbo is becoming common in this segment, but awd is still a rarity among volume selling sedans.

      • botornot387

        I am not expecting too much. The Accord and Camry, and even the Sonata look better than this. The rear end screams Sentra instead of moving up. I like the grill, but Nissan made better cars in the 90’s than this volume crap they put out. The interior already feels dated. And I am not mocking the 2.0 engine. In fact, I think thats the smartest thing because the VQ has outrun its lifespan, many years ago. AWD isn’t common, but would have been better applied to the more powerful engine that can get out of its way. You are already commanding a premium for the engine upgrade, so why not offer the AWD here.

  • BlackPegasus

    Black women everywhere are rejoicing 👋

    • Kate E

      Rental fleets will be all over this one.

  • Nordschleife

    I don’t know how I feel about this. I am kinda underwhelmed. I don’t like the C-pillar treatment and maybe because its been so long the amber turn signals just screams 90’s to me. It’s cool but I did expect more. I do give them props for the interior though.

    • Kate E

      Have you heard? Amber turn signals are cool again.

      • Nordschleife

        I didn’t know. I missed the memo.

  • Soob

    Wow, not bad.

  • Sybill Julian

    that grille. nissan is too late in the game. finally the v-grille has become mainstream mouth grille

    • Shawn Mayo

      Nissan did that several years ago.

    • Eythan Aldrich

      I’m afraid you are late in the game for that……

      • Sybill Julian

        I missed it then. Which Nissan with big open grille like Audi?

  • DM

    Meh… compared to the new Accord this already looks dated, like I have seen it before in the Maxima. The interior is a huge improvement although quite generic; you could slap a Mazda or Kia badge and it would work.

  • Autoexperte

    it looks good

  • Kate E

    Mitsubishi Galant is back

  • Dennis Scipio

    does anyone know if it used the V-platform of the CMF-D platform?

  • Karl

    Very disappointed,instead of a home run Nissan bunted a double..

  • Leconte Dave

    Why the Maxima still exist? Make it rwd

    • Grumpy

      Should become a stinger competitor. They are very similarly priced too.

    • Malik

      V6? Since V6 is no longer available in Altima, people who want V6 can opt for Maxima. It is win-win situation.

    • dtd

      If Nissan makes the Maxima rwd, then who would buy the Infiniti Q50 ?

      • Leconte Dave

        I don’t think people cross shop between Nissan and Infiniti. Less power and keep the CVT

  • Darius Fontenette

    I love the new exterior design, more cohesive than the new Camry and maybe even the Accord. Interior is a meh, could be from almost any mainstream automaker.

  • NissLover

    It looks that way… it angers me! The Sentra is running around with standard LEDs and doesn’t look to even be an option the top of the line Altima. Makes no sense.

  • NissLover

    I like it. It was a bit underwhelming at first… it is really evolutionary compared to the refreshed current gen model. The interior looks really nice. I also think this will look better in person.

  • Rich Money

    What a mess. Truly awful.

  • DMax

    I don’t get it how Nissan still exists. It’s entire model range is a pile of crap. I guess people who just don’t care and want the cheapest lease deal they can get keep this company afloat.

  • CADOX

    That piece of plastic at the base and on the sides of tghe center console is very unusual: it’s made of one huge piece ! probably very good for durability.

    • NissLover

      I noticed that as well. Def provides a cleaner look

  • Joe E

    The “S” in all of the trim levels (except Platinum) still stands for “Subprime”, right?

  • eb110americana

    That has to be the most half-assed version of the floating roof concept to date.

  • Vanishing Boy

    Well proportioned, but the grille is FAR too big. This would give Subaru some competition, good job Nissan!

    • Shawn Mayo

      Looks just like the Storm Trooper masks they were designed after years ago. Where have you been?

      • Vanishing Boy

        I was expecting Nissan to tone it down a bit…juuust a little bit. And yeah I’m still here on Earth.

  • Honda NSX-R

    I think that Nissan was too lazy to design the Altima’s rear end. It looks exactly like the Maxima from the back.

  • gibgibgib

    What’s with the 1980’s orange and white squares in the taillights, Toyota/Lexus finally stopped doing this (looking at you 2007 IS), and Nissan starts doing it!?

  • SteersUright

    Generic, mostly inoffensive, gets the job done type of vehicle. A revelation to none, and utterly anemic for any enthusiast, probably a “safe play” for Nissan though in this segment. I still think the Accord is still easily the best and the one to get, judging on pictures alone, and experience with Honda quality.

  • TheBelltower

    This is Nissans attempt to own the subprime market.

  • TrevP

    AWD? nice!

  • MarkoS

    This probably marks the end to the Maxima, I do not see the room between this and Infinity in the sedan segment. I like it, but I do not want to buy one. Nissan should have brought the IDX.

    • NissLover

      Highly doubt it. The Maxima sells pretty decently for Nissan, for what it is and the name has a lot of clout and brand equity. And being that its based on the same platform, well when the new one debuts, it’s really not that expensive for Nissan to build and sell at a higher profit than the Altima. If anything, this probably signals an AWD Maxima sometime in the future. I also think they are not pairing the VC-Turbo with AWD in the Altima is to keep it’s price from encroaching too much on the Maxima.

      • MarkoS

        Maybe, we will see. Nissan also has not been the best about preserving brand and model equity.

  • Shawn Mayo

    I’m not sure where all the hate stems from. The grille has been around since the redesign in conjunction with Rogue One promotions. The body design is nice and cutting without trying to be a Deceptacon. The interior is very simple – elegant even. The floating infotainment system isn’t anything revolutionary, but a nice touch. Even if it’s not super exciting stylistically, you’re looking at an everyday sedan and not Rolls with a private driver.

    Threads like this are good examples of how comment sections just bring out the trolls.

    • NissLover

      I totally agree. Some of these comments are not based on any substance… how can you call a car that you have never seen or touched a pile of crap. Or just going to the whole rental thing.. how does a car “look like a rental”? If anything, Altima’s/Camry’s for a rental are a huge upgrade from the crappy Impalas of yesteryear. And these stereotypes about people that buy these cars could borderline on offensive, particularly the ones about this car being popular with black women, as if that’s a bad thing.

      Overall I think it looks good on the outside, save the lack of LED taillights… just don’t get that. And the interior looks clean and high quality.

  • Liam Paul

    wow that design is really busy. well maybe next time they will get it right.

  • :/ Yurr

    The grill couldve been a little smaller , but okay…and still no ventilated seats nor panoramic sunroof.

  • dumblikeyou2

    I miss the 20th century Nissan. This one sucks.

  • Malik

    But Mazda did steal Audi interior design. Audi is benchmark for interior designs, not mazda.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I like it better than both Camry and Accord.

  • THE ONLY THING I LIKE ABOUT THIS IS THE PAINT.

  • Jesse A. C. Majors

    This seems like a misstep. The current model looks tons better

  • An Existing Person

    It looks really good. The design fits the proportions on this more than it does the Maxima. Also, it’s about time Nissan started implementing Apple Carplay into their vehicles. No doubt this will sell tons.

  • I must say this is the best looking Altima since the 2002-2006 model. Well done, Nissan!

  • Galaxium

    Back end looks really cheap, but I think this is the best iteration of Nissan’s design language.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Well, the engine is interesting. I’m glad the Japanese can still come with the tech when they want to. And the grille isn’t as awkward as I thought it would be.

  • GobbleUp

    Not bad looking, surprisingly.
    But no reason to buy over accord.

  • Craig

    I like it. The front end is great! The ‘C-Pillar’? Not so much. But that dashboard. It’s almost a direct copy of the one in the new Accord.

  • Michael_66589

    3.5 gone 🙁 i ses for couple years will hard to get new midsize car with v6. So bad.

  • getoffme

    The Camry has nothing to worry about.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I need to see it in person.

  • Kagan

    The front isolated looks good but overall just medium.

    We want get it in europe anyway.

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