NISSAN ALTIMA AUSTRALIA
Nissan's new Altima midsizer has been spied resting in a Melbourne street this week, just months out from its Australian showroom debut.
Caught by TMR reader Peter, the carmaker's new family sedan will be no stranger to motoring enthusiasts: the Altima is now entering the final rounds of its first year in Australia's V8 Supercar championship.
Due in Australian showrooms sometime in November or December, the Altima is set to replace the ageing Maxima sedan, first revealed internationally as the Teana in 2008.
The Altima spied in Melbourne this week wears an 'ST' badge, marking it as an entry-level model in the range. Dual exhaust tips can be seen at the rear, along with 16-inch alloy wheels at each corner. Chrome door handles are also fitted.
The cabin reveals a touch display in the dash, steering-mounted controls and what is likely to be a fabric trim (leather will be reserved for up-spec models).
Local pricing and features for the Altima are still to be confirmed, although the carmaker is understood to be working toward a sub-$30,000 starting point. Official details are expected to be revealed in the coming months.
In the US market, the front-wheel-drive Altima is currently available with two petrol engines: a 135kW/244Nm four-cylinder unit, and the larger 200kW/350Nm 3.5 litre V6. The same engine delivers 185kW and 326Nm in the Maxima.
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.
The Altima rides on the same 2775mm wheelbase of the Maxima, although the new car features a 35mm wider track.
Features: US market
Features in American models 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 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 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 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.