The updated Altima now wears a version of Nissan’s V-motion grille, fronting up all-new sheet metal forward of the A-pillar.
A new bonnet, front guards, and bumper give the Altima a sharper look, and flank newly designed headlamps, which feature LED illumination on high-spec models.
The rear features a new bumper and tail lights that now stretch into the redesigned boot lid.
Unlike Maxima and Murano, the Altima does without the ‘floating’ roof of those all new models, carrying over the body-coloured D-pillar from before.
On the inside the changes are less dramatic. There’s some revisions to the centre stack, climate controls, ‘zero gravity’ seats, and a redesigned cupholder which can now accept mug handles (no joke), but no major changes have been made.
Under the bonnet the story stays much the same as well, US vehicles maintain the same power outputs for the 127kW/230Nm 2.5 litre four-cylinder and 183kW/312Nm V6.
Fuel consumption has been improved slightly for the four-cylinder car, and Nissan promises a quieter drive thanks to a new acoustic windscreen and the use of more high-strength steel in the A and B-pillars.
Changes to the underbody, active grille shutters, and styling changes at the front end have also lead to a reduction of drag from a previous Cd of 0.29 down to 0.26.
Newly-added safety equipment includes forward collision warning, forward emergency braking, intelligent cruise control, radar-based blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert.
Australian sales so far in 2015 see the Altima struggling to surpass the sales of Volkswagen Passat, Skoda Octavia, Subaru Liberty, Hyundai i40, and Mazda6. The mid-size champion, Toyota Camry, has sold over twelve times as many vehicles as the Altima so far this year.
Nissan Australia has confirmed that there are no plans to offer the updated Altima here. Australian delivered Altimas are sourced out of Thailand, while cars for North America are built in Mississippi and Tenessee.
For the time being the update only applies to US vehicles, and Nissan Australia has confirmed that the current sourcing arrangement will continue.
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