2013 Nissan Altima Revealed Ahead Of New York Debut

Mike Stevens | Apr 4, 2012

Nissan's all-new Altima sedan has reared its head (and everything else) online today, just hours out from its New York Auto Show debut this week.

These new images and details offer the first polished look at the car that is likely to replace the Maxima in the Australian market.

A racing version of the Altima's design will also represent the Nissan brand when the Japanese carmaker enters Australia's V8 Supercar Championship in 2013.

In its US-market form, the new fifth-generation Altima will be available with two petrol engines, starting with Nissan's updated 135kW/244Nm QR25 four-cylinder engine.

The engine duo is topped by the familiar 3.5 litre VQ35DE engine, producing 200kW and 350Nm in 2013 Altima form. (The same engine delivers 185kW and 326Nm in the Australian-delivered Maxima.)

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On the American combined fuel cycle test, Nissan expects to achieve fuel consumption figures of 7.5 l/100km for the 2.5 litre engine, and 9.4 l/100km for the 3.5 litre.

In Australia, the VQ25-equipped Maxima lists 9.5 l/100km, and the VQ35-equipped car manages 10.2 l/100km.

Both engines will be paired with Nissan's Xtronic CVT automatic transmission, which has been treated to an upgrade that brings new control logic and wider gear ratio coverage.

As with the previous Altima and the local Maxima, power is sent to the front wheels.

How does the new Altima compare to Australia's Maxima in size? Both cars ride on the same 2775mm wheelbase, but the Altima has a 35mm wider track.

Inside, Nissan promises more a more upmarket feel with higher-quality materials and more electronics.

Features in the cabin will include Bluetooth streaming audio, NissanConnect phone connectivity with Hands-Free Messaging Assistant, Advanced Drive-Assist Display.

Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant, Bose premium audio with nine speakers and an optional moonroof will also feature, along with automatic headlights, air-con microfilter, tyre-pressure monitoring system and Nissan Intelligent Key remote central locking.

Depending on the variant, other features will include dual-zone climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel and leather upholstery, 17 and 18-inch aluminium-alloy wheels, rearview reversing monitor, heated external mirrors and LED taillights.

Safety features will include blindspot warning, lane departure warning, moving object detection, along with dual stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt sensors and an occupant classification sensor, front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags, and roof-mounted curtain supplemental side-impact air bags for front-and rear-seat occupant head protection.

Keep an eye out for Australian details to surface in the coming months.

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  • Smart us says,
    4 years ago
    it looks heaps better than Maxima... sad
    • Balthazaaaaargh says,
      4 years ago
      1 like
      Why are you sad man?
  • John says,
    4 years ago
    A good time to bring in a new top of the range Nissan, Maxima has sort of died down in Australia. Looks good, although, still think Nissan is being a bit ambitious with it's attempt to be No.1 in Australia. But still, this may be a good thing for us consumers, as they may make it a value for money car.
    • DMR says,
      4 years ago
      Wont do any better than the maxima. Offers nothing more than the maxima did. The looks are hardly cutting edge and mostly the same engines with a CVT (which dont historically do well in this country). If Nissan want to be No 1, or appeal to buyers under 60, they will ahve to do a lot better than this.
      • John says,
        4 years ago
        Well, I agree, it probably won't do really well. Looks are definitely not cutting edge, they are conservative but decent. It's about time that there was a refresh of models in the brand, Nissan itself has died down, nothing really new has appeared, except for the Navara, and the GT-R is good as it is, but hardly anyone can afford it.
        • John says,
          4 years ago
          I also think it does look better than the current Maxima.
          • Joseph B says,
            3 years ago
            ...Have you seen the latest Maxima? Maybe the main picture looks better but that's a cartoon - have a look at the photographs. It's like they got a Pulsar and injected air into it at random places. This thing is a damn sight uglier.

            There won't be a v8 version, Nissan is not going to put a v8 in a FWD vehicle in this country. The Racing Altima (like the Ford and General Motors vehicles) will have not a thing in common with it's on road 'sister' vehicle other than the name.

            @Leli: .... A replacement for someone who can't afford a GTR... are you serious? Did you get out of bed this morning after smoking a bag full of weed and think... "I know, I'm going to pretend for a minute I haven't got down syndrome and go and post some random non-relevant stuff online about cars that I haven't got any idea about"...?

            PS. Nissan's CVT is excellent around the city, but not very sporty.
  • cyclone says,
    4 years ago
    Still the best car to buy if you don't like the person sitting in the passenger seat
  • LeLi says,
    4 years ago
    1 like
    Hmmm it doesnt look that bad but first there isnt direct fuel injection and its fronf wheel drive now what Im interested in is Australian version of it especialy the V8 version. Well one hopes they will offer one since they will be using this name (ALTIMA) to enter the v8 supercars and 4.2 they will use would make this a rocket, there is a rumor there will be a v8 option so if anyone would care to comment on that and forget the silly cvt talk. Knowing nisan now how it would be an opton for those who cant afford gt-r but want nisan grunt well xepends on what ford is gonna give us next because Im not trading my xr6turbo for any kind or brand fronftwheel drive nonsense.
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