The Nissan Altima has been given a midlife facelift to bring its styling more in line with the rest of the company’s offerings.
Unveiled in North America today, the Ultima’s fresh new appearance includes the “Energetic Flow” exterior styling theme and “Gliding Wing” interior layout. The front end of the mid-size sedan has been completely redesigned. All panels forward of the A-pillars are new, including a lower bumper, V-Motion grille, bonnet and boomerang-shape headlights.
The rear of the new Altima is marked by a new sculpted bumper with a dark lower accent, a new boot lid – with integrated rear spoiler on upper-spec models – and lower, wider boomerang-shaped combination lights.
Finishing off the new exterior appearance are new 17-inch and 18-inch machine-finish aluminum-alloy wheel designs.
The 2016 Altima’s interior has been further refined with improved materials and trims, new shape front seats and contrasting stitching. Central to the new look is the revised C-stack with available 5.0-inch and 7.0-inch displays. The twin cupholders on the center console now accommodate mug handles in response to customer input.
Cabin noise has been further dampen with the addition of a laminated acoustic windscreen, extra insulation in the firewall, revised engine mounts and a larger centre exhaust muffler.
Along with the revised appearance, the new Altima also offers a 10 percent improvement in coefficient of drag – to 0.26 Cd from the previous 0.29 Cd. The changes come from the addition of an active grille shutter (three percent gain), underfloor aero cover additions (three percent) and the new front and rear fascia and windshield designs (four percent).
Nissan has also reduced weight and increased rigidity through the application of high-strength steel in areas such as the A- and B-pillars.
In the handling department, tweaks to the Altima’s steering and suspension, including new shocks, springs, bushings and tyres, are said to enhance agility and feedback.
The 2.5-litre petrol engine benefits from reduced internal friction and a revised compression ratio to yield a ten per cent improvement in fuel economy. The 3.5-litre V6 carries over unchanged, but the continuously variable transmission it’s paired with gains new calibration for improved responsiveness.
The revised Nissan Altima is expected to launch in Australia in mid 2016.