At last, the waiting is over! The all-new 2013 Nissan Altima was finally revealed today showing a new look as well as several improvements. The first thing you’ll notice at the 2013 Altima is the front end styling featuring projector-type headlights and a new grille. Moreover, the A-pillar angle is now slightly more sloped, while the new body design is capped by large taillights (with LED taillights standard on SL models) that flow from the rear into the bodysides.
The interior of the 2013 Altima will definitely rival upscale luxury vehicles, at least according to Nissan, in ambience and sophistication.
The most interesting feature of the interior are the seats as Nissan says that these are inspired by NASA’s “Zero-Gravity” seats. For those who don’t know, NASA says that the least fatiguing seats are those that come closest to a "neutral posture" – a relaxed position that the human body takes in a weightless environment.
Under the hood, we find a choice of two engines: a 2.5-liter DOHC 4-cylinder and a 3.5-liter DOHC V6. The 2.5-liter engine was redesigned and is now lighter and more efficient. The total output delivered by this engine is 182 hp while the maximum torque is 180 lb-ft.
The bigger 3.5-liter V6 engine delivers 270 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Targeted fuel economy for the Altima 2.5-liter 4-cylinder/CVT combination is 27 mpg city, 38 mpg highway and 31 mpg combined. Fuel economy for the 3.5-liter V6/CVT Altima is rated at 22 mpg city, 30 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined.
The all-new 2013 Nissan Altima is offered in four 2.5-liter engine equipped models, 2.5, 2.5 S, 2.5 SV and 2.5 SL, along with three 3.5-liter V6 equipped models, 3.5 S, 3.5 SV and 3.5 SL. For those interested, the 2013 Nissan Altima starts at $21,500. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices** (MSRP) for the 2013 Nissan Altima Sedan include: Altima Sedan 2.5 S CVT $22,500 USD; Altima Sedan 2.5 SV CVT $24,100 USD; Altima Sedan 2.5 SL CVT $28,050 USD; Altima Sedan 3.5 S CVT $25,360 USD; Altima Sedan 3.5 SV CVT $27,780 USD; Altima Sedan 3.5 SL CVT $30,080 USD.
Nissan’s 2013 Altima is one of the company’s five all-new models that are set to be introduced to the public in the next several months. And, as the 2nd best-selling car in the U.S. in 2011, much is expected from the new 5th generation Altima.
According to Brian Carolin, senior VP for sales & marketing at Nissan North America, the safest thing for Nissan to do is to follow the paths taken by other automakers, which is to conservatively evolve the Altima to not upset its existing owner base. However, since that won’t be in line with the company’s 'Innovation for All' philosophy, they took their most successful model then changed almost everything, from the appearance, the driving experience, the feel, the technology, and even the windshield wipers and headlights.
This resulted in a vehicle model that builds on Nissan’s strong fundamental reputation, which the brand has earned over two decades and four generations. This reputation revolves around quality and reliability, adding new levels of innovation, dynamic performance, premium style, and fuel-efficiency.
Carolin added that the new Altima is the most purposeful, the most engaging, and the most energetic vehicle in its class, against a fragmented and competitive set. He assured customers who liked the earlier Altima model that they would love the new version even more. And those who haven’t driven a Nissan Altima before should prepare to have their concept of mid-size sedans redefined.
Of all the new Altima's many added features, what stands out the most is its top-notch appeal, which is very clear at first look and at first touch, when it comes to both its exterior and interior.