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Sunday 22 January 2017
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2016 Nissan Altima Takes Styling Cues From New Maxima

2016 Nissan Altima Takes Styling Cues From New Maxima

Nissan’s new 2016 Altima is here and the midsize sedan is joining its Maxima sibling in the sleeker styling department. Nissan’s CEO Carlos Ghosn unveiled the new 2016 Nissan Altima in New York City Tuesday. The biggest things to note, aside from the new design language we also saw in the 2016 Maxima, are that some models get 39 miles to the gallon and the Altima also comes in a  new sports SR trim level with a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

“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.”

Since fuel efficiency is top of mind right now with the VW diesel scandal we’ll start there. Nissan says it’s improved fuel economy for the Altima, with the 2.5-liter engine model getting 39 miles-per-gallon.  Nissan also says it offers a 10 percent improvement in coefficient of drag thanks to the addition of an active grille shutter, underfloor aero cover additions and new front and rear fascia and windshield designs.

Exterior-wise, the new front end of the 2016 Altima offers the most dramatic change.  The redesigned V-Motion grille and boomerang-shape headlights make a marked change from the outgoing model and are similar to those found on the Murano and Maxima. There is a wide, deeply sculpted lower bumper, as well as integrated fog lights (SR, SV and SL models) and prominent chrome-trimmed grille.

The backend also gets a new design too with 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.

If you look inside, you see the 2016 Altima’s interior design follows the new “Gliding Wing” design language, shared with Murano and also the new Rogue. In addition, the standard Zero Gravity front seats have been reshaped and the steering wheel’s even been refined. Nissan also added twin cupholders on the center console, something customers say they wanted.  In terms of tech, it comes with 5.0-inch or 7.0-inch displays for the NissanConnectSM with Mobile Apps and available NissanConnect Navigation with Mobile Apps.

The sportier Altima SR model 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.”

The new Altima goes on sale this fall.

Photo Credit: Nissan