Upcoming 2018 Nissan Altima is one of the last models in current generation. Soon we can expect redesigned model of popular sedan and for this time, company decided to launch refreshed model, with same safety enhancement and some styling revisits. Last time major redesign on Altima happened in 2013, and current model made big move by adding sport SR trim which was accepted by buyers. For 2018 year model, sedan will carry over most of the look from its predecessor, but adding some exterior details and updating interior features.
2018 Nissan Altima redesign
Last large refreshment included V-motion grille and designers decided to go again with it. Sharper headlights and tail lights are again on the 2018 Nissan Altima. We are sure it comes again in few trims, including base, S, SR, SV and SL models, while there could be room for Limited edition. Trim levels are having different engines and features list. For example, base model is wearing 16-inch wheels, while higher trims offer 18-inch alloy wheels. Some of the standard accessories are push-button ignition and power seats for driver. In high-end sedans, heating is added on seats, premium upholstery and many more infotainment features.
2018 Nissan Altima powertains
New 2018 Nissan Altima will keep its old 2.5-l and 3.5-l units. Smaller is installed for entry level models. It is a 4-cylinfer drivetrain with capacity to produce 185 hp and 180 pound-feet of torque. Continuously variable transmission is mated to the engine, and sends power to front wheels. Estimated fuel economy is around 31 mpg, but it could be improved for 2018 year sedan. Other option is V6 with 3.5-l displacement, used for higher trims. This drivetrain can develop 270 horsepower, adding 250 lb-ft of torque. It uses more fuel and it can run 22 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway, which is not bad at all for its class.
2018 Nissan Altima competition
When it comes out, slightly modified, even less changes are expected on the mid-size sedan market. Top of the class, beside 2018 Nissan Altima, will include new models from Honda Accord and Mazda 6. There are also Hyundai and Kia, keeping the pace with their Sonata and Optima.