2016 Nissan Altima features new designs dubbed ‘Energetic Flow’ and ‘Gliding Wing’

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 22, 2015

Nissan’s new design language is now incorporated into the carmaker’s top-selling vehicle in the United States, the MY2016 Nissan Altima. Borrowing heavily from the MY2016 Nissan Maxima that was derived from the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept and some from the MY2015 Nissan Murano that was inspired by the Nissan Resonance Concept, the MY2016 Altima inherits key elements of the exterior and interior styling themes, like the "Energetic Flow" exterior styling theme and "Gliding Wing" interior layout. These contributed to the Altima’s all-fresh appearance inside and out.

Major changes in the interior styling of the new Altima include the revised C-stack, which is home for the available 5.0-inch and 7.0-inch displays for the NissanConnectSM with Mobile Apps as well as for the optional NissanConnect Navigation with Mobile Apps.

Nissan also reshaped the vehicle’s standard Zero Gravity front seats, and granted its woven cloth seating and door panel materials with a more open weave pattern. Aside from the refined steering wheel, the MY2016 Altima features twin cup-holders on the center console that could now contain mugs with handles.

For model year 2016, the Altima is now available in the new SR grade, which feature a Charcoal interior color contrasted by blue sport interior accents on the steering wheel, door panels and seats. Additionally, the SR grade features leather-wrapped paddle shifters, steering wheel, and gear shifter.

The new SR is technically a sportier grade of the already sporty Altima, as Nissan tries to enter one of the fastest growing spots in the mid-size sedan segment, sport variants. In fact, sports grades account for almost 40 percent of sales for some of Nissan’s rivals.

In Nissan’s case, the SR grade does not only feature sporty changes in the vehicle’s look, such as larger wheels and spoiler, but also means a new level of performance for the mid-size sedan.

According to Pierre Loing, vice president for Product Planning at Nissan North America, while anyone could decorate a sedan with custom wheels and a body kit, Nissan's long-standing performance heritage is not about that.

He noted that the SR version of the Altima could be powered by the available 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine or the higher-powered 3.5-liter V6. He added that the Altima SR is now 12.5-percent better in terms of cornering performance.

However, since Nissan wants to make the new Altima SR affordable for younger buyers moving into the mid-size sedan segment for the first time, they derived the SR grade from Altima S, instead from the higher grade Altima SV or Altima SL.

On the other hand, Nissan Executive Design Director Mamoru Aoki remarked that what is important is that the new MY2016 Altima exemplifies 'Nissan-ness' inside and out. He added that with the dramatic changes implemented on the MY2016 Altima, this mid-size sedan will continue to stand out in the market.

Exterior Design

So what is new with the MY2016 Nissan Altima? A quick glance on the front end of the new Altima will immediately convey a spectacular change in the nameplate, in accordance with the "Energetic Flow" exterior design language.

In fact, all panels and pieces in front of the vehicle’s A-pillars are new like the fascia, fenders, bumper and hood, as well as the lights. The new Altima features two key elements similar to those found on the Murano and Maxima -- redesigned V-Motion grille and boomerang-shape headlights.

These give the MY2016 Altima a front appearance distinct from that of the MY2015 Altima, with a prominent chrome-trimmed grille, wide lower bumper, and integrated fog lights (for SR, SV and SL models). For better illumination, the MY2016 Altima’s boomerang-shape headlights feature halogen high beam and projector low beam lights.

Available as standard on the Altima 3.5 SR and 3.5 SL grades are LED projector low beam lights and LED signature Daytime Running Lights. These lighting units are available as an option on the Altima 2.5 SR and 2.5 SL.

The Altima SR, meanwhile, features smoked headlight bezels. On the rear, the MY2016 Altima features a new sculpted bumper with a dark lower accent and wider boomerang-shaped four-piece combination lights that incorporate the tail- and stop-lights, backup lights and turn lamps.

Additionally, the rear of the new Altima features a new trunk lid, with SR models coming with an integrated rear spoiler. Nissan also managed to improve the Altima’s coefficient of drag with the installation of an active grille shutter (plus three percent) and underfloor aero cover additions (plus three percent) as well as with the vehicle’s new front and rear fascia and windshield designs (plus four percent).

All these combined for a 10-percent improvement in the coefficient of drag from 0.29 Cd to 0.26 Cd. Customers could choose from any of these available colors to wrap their Altima: Brilliant Silver, Cayenne Red, Glacier White, Gun Metallic, Java Metallic, Pearl White, Storm Blue and Super Black. For the model year 2016, Nissan is adding a new color -- Deep Blue Pearl.

Accentuating the outside looks of the Altima are new 17-inch and 18-inch machine-finish aluminum-alloy wheel designs. On the other hand, the interior of the MY2016 Altima is styled in accordance with the new "Gliding Wing" design language found in the Nissan Murano and the Nissan Rogue.

Press Release

New 2016 Nissan Altima adopts the latest design language for a fresh new look

When Nissan rolled out a series of futuristic auto show concept vehicles a few years ago, few people believed that the boldly styled designs would ever see the light of a Nissan showroom. Yet against the odds they started coming.

First, there was the Nissan Resonance Concept, a wild mid-size crossover concept that evolved into the 2015 Murano. Then Nissan Sport Sedan Concept strongly influenced the radical new 2016 Nissan Maxima. And, the new Nissan design language is making its way into more and more vehicles – including Nissan's best-selling vehicle in the United States, the Nissan Altima.

For the new 2016 Altima the design team adopted key aspects of both the exterior and interior styling themes to give the popular mid-size sedan a fresh new appearance, including the "Energetic Flow" exterior styling theme and "Gliding Wing" interior layout.

The front end of the 2016 Altima offers the most dramatic change, since all panels and pieces forward of the A-pillars are new – fascia, bumper, fenders, hood and lights. Two key elements are the redesigned V-Motion grille and boomerang-shape headlights, similar to those found on the Murano and Maxima. The look is dramatically different from the 2015 Altima design, with a wide, deeply sculpted lower bumper, integrated fog lights (SR, SV and SL models) and prominent chrome-trimmed grille.

The reshaped headlight units incorporate halogen high beam and projector low beam lights. LED projector low beam lights and LED signature Daytime Running Lights that sweep into the wide raised hood are standard on Altima 3.5 SR and 3.5 SL grades (late availability) and available on 2.5 SR and 2.5 SL. Altima SR adds smoked headlight bezels.

The rear of the new Altima is marked by a new sculpted bumper with a dark lower accent, a new trunk lid – with integrated rear spoiler on Altima SR models – and lower, wider boomerang-shaped combination lights that help provide a more expressive, higher quality appearance when approaching the vehicle from behind. The four-piece combination lights incorporate the tail- and stop lights, turn lamps and backup lights.

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).

The already extensive Altima color palette adds a new Deep Blue Pearl color for 2016, along with Java Metallic, Brilliant Silver, Gun Metallic, Super Black, Cayenne Red, Pearl White, Glacier White and Storm Blue.

Finishing off the new exterior appearance are dramatic new 17-inch and 18-inch machine-finish aluminum-alloy wheel designs.

The 2016 Altima's refined interior design follows the new "Gliding Wing" design language, shared with Murano and also the new Rogue. Central to the new look is the revised C-stack with available 5.0-inch and 7.0-inch displays for the NissanConnectSM with Mobile Apps and available NissanConnect Navigation with Mobile Apps.

In addition, the standard Zero Gravity front seats have been reshaped and the woven cloth seating and door panel materials feature a more open weave pattern, providing a premium look and feel throughout the Altima interior. The steering wheel has also been refined for 2016. The twin cupholders on the center console now accommodate mug handles in response to customer input.

The new Altima SR grade includes blue sport interior accents on the steering wheel, door panels and seats – to contrast the Charcoal interior color. The SR also features a leather-wrapped steering wheel, paddle shifters, and leather-wrapped gear shifter.

"As the best-selling vehicle in the Nissan lineup, it's important that Altima exemplifies 'Nissan-ness' inside and out," said Executive Design Director Mamoru Aoki. "With its fresh new look, aggressive SR model and strong connection to our all-new Murano and Maxima, the new Altima continues to stand out in a very competitive marketplace."

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