Nissan has no problem moving Altima midsize sedans off the lot, but that hasn’t stopped the Japanese automaker from improving one of its best-sellers. Spy photographers caught a camouflaged Altima undergoing testing in Detroit, and it looks to be following in the footsteps of its bigger brother.
This is most evident at the front of the Altima, which appears to sport a front grille and nose inspired by the “V-Motion” design the company first introduced on the Rogue and new Murano. The new design language helps liven up the Altima’s exterior, making it look much sportier than the current model. The Altima also has a similar rear quarter window to the Maxima, though it doesn’t appear as swoopy as the larger sedan.
Although these photos don’t show the Altima’s interior, we expect it will incorporate the new infotainment interface introduced on the Maxima, as well as a nicer interior and extra standard features. To become even more competitive with the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, the Altima could also gain advanced safety features to help it earn the Top Safety Pick + designation.
Engines should stay largely the same, but expect Nissan to revise the CVT again to improve performance and efficiency. The Altima is already the fuel economy leader in the non-hybrid segment for cars under $30,000 USD, so improved efficiency would strengthen its advantage in that department.
The 2016 Altima should be revealed this summer and go on sale sometime in the fall.
Photo Source: Spied Bilde