All new 2013 Nissan Altima steps out - NYIAS


Nissan tooks the wraps off of the 2013 Altima sedan at the New York Auto Show. The design and fittings move the new Altima up-market compared to previous models. Engines include a redesigned 2.5-liter four (182 hp, 180 lb-ft of torque, estimated 27 city /38 highway mpg) or the 3.5-liter V6 (270 hp, 259 lb-ft of torque, estimated 22 city / 30 highway mpg) mated to a continuously-variable transmission (CVT) that drives the front wheels. The new Altima is available in seven (yes 7) trim levels, Altima 2.5, 2.5 S, 2.5 SV, 2.5 SL, 3.5 S, 3.5 SV and 3.5 SL. Features increase by trim level with the SL models the top of the Altima line. The 2013 Altimas will be at your local dealer in June with a starting price of $21,500 (plus taxes, license, fees, and options). For all of the information you'll ever need, check out the six press releases and a B-roll video after the jump. Your good-looking mid-size sedan just got a whole lot better...and prettier.

Source: Nissan - Press releases (6) after the jump.







Press Release:


At a Glance: 2013 Nissan Altima Sedan
As the second best-selling car among all nameplates in the United States in 2011, the Nissan Altima has come a long way in the 20 years since it was first introduced.  Now, with the arrival in summer 2012 of the all-new fifth generation design – the most innovative Altima yet – Nissan promises to shake up the mid-size sedan segment again with the most engaging, innovative and stylish vehicle in its class.

Among the 2013 Altima’s many attributes are a targeted best-in-segment* fuel economy of 38 mpg highway (2.5-liter engine), new premium exterior styling with a strong presence and excellent aerodynamics, an upscale interior with premium materials, and an outstanding balance of ride comfort, stability and a fun-to-drive demeanor with projected best-level acceleration.

Building on Nissan’s “Innovation for All” philosophy, the new Altima also offers standard Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone System and Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®.   Also available are NissanConnectSM and NissanConnectSM Navigation with a suite of Bluetooth® phone connectivity features, including hands-free text message integration, Pandora® playback, real-time Google® POI search and more; along with Easy Fill Tire Alert, and next-generation Safety Shield Technologies, including Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Moving Object Detection (MOD) systems.

Dynamic performance is provided by a choice of a redesigned 182-horsepower (est.) 2.5-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine or a proven 270-horsepower (est.) 3.5-liter V6, with both engines matched with standard Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission).  Altima’s next-generation CVT reflects Nissan’s more than 20 years of engineering and development leadership with its smooth, fuel-efficient design.  Altima’s redesigned 4-wheel independent suspension features segment-first Active Understeer Control for refined feel and responsive handling.

The premium interior design looks and feels a class above, with new NASA-inspired “zero-gravity” front seats, available leather appointments, and a new standard Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display in the center of the instrument cluster that integrates key information – including available navigation, text messaging notification and audio data – right in front of the driver.

The 2013 Nissan Altima is offered in seven well-equipped models to meet a range of customer needs and budgets: Altima 2.5, 2.5 S, 2.5 SV, 2.5 SL, 3.5 S, 3.5 SV and 3.5 SL.  The new Altima is assembled in the United States.

Highlights of the 2013 Nissan Altima include:

Body
  • Premium, emotional Altima design that looks “a class above,” achieved in part by deep-draw stamping techniques that allow for complex surfacing
  • Wide aggressive stance, sloping rear roofline, deep fenders, high trunk, and small wheel opening gaps – providing premium proportions and silhouette
  • Large black-painted grille with chrome surround
  • Projector-type halogen headlights; available High Intensity Discharge (HID) Xenon headlights (3.5 SL)
  • Available auto on/off headlights with two-stage function, windshield wiper interface (turns on lights when wipers are in use)
  • Available fog lights
  • Chrome door handles, door waist molding, door sash molding and trunk finisher
  • Available LED taillights (2.5 SL, 3.5 SL)
  • Available heated outside mirrors with integrated LED turn signals
  • 0.299 coefficient of drag
  • Eight available exterior colors – Java Metallic, Brilliant Silver, Saharan Stone, Metallic Slate, Super Black, Cayenne Red, Pearl White and Storm Blue
Engines and Driveline
  • 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder with 182 horsepower (est.) and 180 lb-ft torque (est.), with projected best-level acceleration and targeted best-in-class fuel economy of 38 mpg highway
  • Available 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 with 270 horsepower (est.) and 258 lb-ft of torque (est.)
  • Standard next-generation Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission) designed for fluid-feeling performance and efficient operation – up to 40 percent friction reduction (versus previous design) for improved fuel economy; features the widest gear ratio range in the segment
  • Column-mounted paddle shifters with manual mode on 3.5-liter V6 models
Suspension, Steering and Braking
  • Advanced “D” platform featuring low NVH, low engine mounting position
  • Independent strut front suspension with advanced geometry, equal-length half shafts that are almost parallel to the ground – reducing torque steer
  • New independent rear multilink suspension design with improved toe angle control and improved camber angle control, maximizes interior volume while improving dynamic performance and comfort
  • Standard Active Understeer Control
  • Premium ZF SACHS shock absorbers, designed for secure cornering feel and comfortable ride
  • Standard front and rear stabilizer bars
  • Electronic Hydraulic Power-Assisted Steering (EHPS)
  • Power-assisted front vented disc/solid rear disc brakes with standard Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD)
  • Standard 16-inch steel wheels with full-wheel covers with 215/60R16 all-season tires (2.5, 2.5 S)
  • Available 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 215/55R17 all-season tires (2.5 SV, 2.5 SL)
  • Available 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 235/45R18 all-season tires (3.5 S, 3.5 SV, 3.5 SL)
Interior Features
  • Upscale interior with premium materials and craftsmanship
  • Five-passenger seating with 6-way adjustable driver’s/4-way front passenger’s adjustable bucket seats, 60/40 split folding rear bench seat with armrest
  • NASA-inspired “zero-gravity” front seats that help relieve pressure points no matter what the body type
  • Available 8-way power driver’s seat with 2-way power lumbar support
  • Available heated front seats and heated steering wheel
  • Crafted interior feel with refined workmanship, extensive use of soft materials (such as deeply padded armrests) and chrome finish accents
  • Fine Vision meter cluster
  • Standard cloth seating, Piano Black interior trim with chrome finish accents
  • Available leather-appointed seats and trim
  • Available premium interior trim – wood tone trim finishers for Blond interior, metallic texture finishers with Charcoal interior
  • Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display with 4.0-inch high-resolution color display nestled in the instrument cluster
  • AM/FM/CD with RDS, MP3 and aux-in, four speakers
  • Available AM/FM/CD with RDS, MP3 and aux-in, six speakers and 5.0-inch color audio display
  • Available BOSE® Premium Audio System with nine speakers (including woofers)
  • Available NissanConnectSM featuring 5.0-inch color audio display, USB port with iPod connectivity, SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio (SiriusXM™ subscription required, sold separately)
  • Available Nissan NissanConnectSM with Navigation, which includes NissanConnectSM features plus a 7.0-inch VGA color display, turn-by-turn navigation integration into Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display and steering wheel-mounted navigation controls
  • Available Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control
  • Standard Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System with Voice Recognition and Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®
  • Remote Keyless Entry with Push Button Ignition
  • Available Nissan Intelligent Key™ with available Remote Engine Start System
  • Power windows with driver’s side auto up/down and auto reverse feature, available front passenger-side auto up/down and auto reverse feature
  • Dual front (center console) and rear (armrest) cupholders, front and rear door map pockets with bottle holders
  • Two 12-volt DC power outlets (in armrest storage and front console)
  • Power door locks with auto locking feature
  • Available RearView Monitor
  • Available power sliding glass moonroof
  • Available HomeLink® Universal Transceiver
Safety
  • Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt sensors and an occupant classification sensor
  • Driver and front passenger side-impact supplemental air bags
  • Roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection
  • Front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters
  • LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren)
  • Zone Body construction
  • Standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and Easy Fill Tire Alert
Models and Manufacturing
  • Available in seven models:  Altima 2.5, Altima 2.5 S, Altima 2.5 SV, Altima 2.5 SL, Altima 3.5 S, Altima 3.5 SV and Altima 3.5 SL
  • Assembled by Nissan North America –Smyrna & Decherd, Tennessee and Canton, Mississippi manufacturing
Release:
2013 Nissan Altima Debut Heralds Class-Leading 38 MPG





The all-new 2013 Nissan Altima made its world debut at the New York International Auto Show to a standing room only crowd of media during opening press day. Soon, headlines would feature news of Nissan's stylish, innovative new vehicle offering class-leading fuel efficiency as a stand-out among the crowded and competitive mid-size sedan segment.

"This new Altima builds on the fundamental reputation earned over four generations for quality and reliability -- and adds class-leading levels of value, innovation, dynamic performance and premium style," said Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn.

Among the 2013 Altima's many attributes are a targeted best-in-segment fuel economy of 38 mpg highway (2.5-liter engine), new premium exterior styling with a strong presence and excellent aerodynamics, an upscale interior with premium materials, and an outstanding balance of ride comfort, stability and a fun-to-drive demeanor with projected best-level acceleration.

The 2011 calendar year was the sixth consecutive year of market share gains for Nissan in the U.S., with the Altima ranking as the second best-selling car in the U.S. The Altima goes on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide in June at a starting MSRP of $21,500.


Release:
2013 Nissan Altima Sedan Makes World Debut at New York International Auto Show

A big week in front of a big audience - that's one way to describe Nissan's major presence in New York City prior to the opening on Friday of the 2012 New York International Auto Show. Heading the slate of announcements is today's world debut of the next-generation of Nissan's totally redesigned 2013 Altima Sedan.

The reveal of the most innovative Nissan Altima ever follows the first public showing of the upcoming Nissan NV200 "Taxi of Tomorrow" at an event last evening hosted by Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn and attended by New York City Major Michael R. Bloomberg and other city officials. Both vehicles will be on display throughout the run of the show, April 6th through April 15th, at New York City's Jacob Javits Convention Center. In addition, the Nissan Pathfinder Concept, a preview of the next-gen Nissan Pathfinder SUV, makes its New York debut at the show.

The new 2013 Altima and Pathfinder are the first of five all-new models Nissan is launching in the next 15 months. The 2011 calendar year was the sixth consecutive year of market share gains for Nissan in the U.S., with the Altima ranking as the second best-selling car in the U.S. The Altima goes on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide in July at a starting M.S.R.P. of $21,500. The new Pathfinder launches later this fall.

"The new Altima hits the consumer bulls-eye dead center by delivering a balance of style, performance and value that will continue to make it one of the most popular cars in America," said Ghosn.

The Nissan NV200 Taxi was selected, after a rigorous, two-year competitive bid selection process by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), as the exclusive taxi of New York City beginning in late 2013.

"The Taxi of Tomorrow draws on Nissan's global experience in commercial vehicles, as well as insight from New York City taxi drivers and passengers, who helped identify important improvements over today's cabs. The Nissan taxi will deliver unprecedented levels of innovation and comfort to New York's 600,000 daily taxi riders," continued Ghosn.

About the 2013 Nissan Altima
With the arrival in summer 2012 of the all-new fifth generation design - the most innovative Altima yet - Nissan promises to shake up the mid-size sedan segment again with the most engaging, innovative and stylish vehicle in its class. Among the 2013 Altima's many attributes are a targeted best-in-segment* fuel economy of 38 mpg highway (2.5-liter engine), new premium exterior styling with a strong presence and excellent aerodynamics, an upscale interior with premium materials, and an outstanding balance of ride comfort, stability and a fun-to-drive demeanor with projected best-level acceleration.

Building on Nissan's "Innovation for All" philosophy, the new Altima offers standard Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone System with Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®. Also available are NissanConnectSM and NissanConnectSM Navigation with a suite of Bluetooth® phone connectivity features, including hands-free text message integration, Pandora® playback, real-time Google® POI search and more; along with Easy Fill Tire Alert, and next-generation Safety Shield Technologies, including Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Moving Object Detection (MOD) systems.

The premium interior design looks and feels a class above, with new NASA-inspired "zero-gravity" front seats, available leather appointments, and a new standard Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display in the center of the instrument cluster that integrates key information - including available navigation, text messaging notification and audio data - right in front of the driver.

Dynamic performance is provided by a choice of a redesigned 182-horsepower (est.) 2.5-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine or a 270-horsepower (est.) 3.5-liter V6, with both engines matched with standard Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission).

Altima's next-generation CVT reflects Nissan's more than 20 years of engineering and development leadership with its smooth, fuel-efficient design. Altima's redesigned 4-wheel independent suspension features segment-first Active Understeer Control for refined feel and responsive handling.

The 2013 Nissan Altima is offered in seven well-equipped models to meet a range of customer needs and budgets. It is assembled in the United States.

About the Nissan NV200 New York City Taxi
The Nissan NV200 Taxi design reflects the input of hundreds of taxi owners and drivers, and thousands of passengers from all walks of life, who shared their ideas and priorities with Nissan designers and engineers. It also reflects ongoing collaboration with organizations long at the forefront of the "Taxi of Tomorrow" program, including the Design Trust for Public Space and the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.

Interior features planned for the NV200 Taxi include:
  • Spacious cargo area to accommodate luggage for four passengers
  • A transparent roof panel to provide unique views of the city
  • Sliding doors with entry step and grab handles for easy entry and exit
  • USB charging access for passengers
  • Independent, passenger controlled rear-seat heat/air conditioning with a grape phenol-coated air filter to improve cabin air quality
  • Flat floor - with no hump
  • Enhanced interior materials intended to help passenger cabin smell fresher
  • Breathable, anti-microbial, easy-to-clean and environmentally friendly seat upholstery
Release:
All-New 2013 Nissan Altima Tops Mid-Size Sedan Class in Style, Fuel Economy, Performance and Innovation
Segment Defining Innovations, Wrapped in "Class Above" Exterior and Interior Design, Create a Customer Experience That's Unmatched in Segment 

 




Two decades after the original Nissan Altima revolutionized the traditional mid-size sedan segment in North America, Nissan’s best-selling vehicle is about to shake up the category all over again.  Making its world debut at the New York International Auto Show, the 2013 Nissan Altima is once again poised to become the new benchmark in the hotly contested segment when it goes on sale at Nissan retailers nationwide this summer.

The new Altima offers numerous segment defining attributes that enhance the ownership experience and provide real customer value, including:
  • Targeted best-in-segment 38 mpg highway fuel economy* (2.5-liter engine)
  • Premium exterior styling with a powerful presence and improved aerodynamics
  • Upscale interior rivaling premium luxury sedans, including NASA-inspired “zero-gravity” seats, an Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display and BOSE® Premium Audio System
  • An outstanding balance of ride comfort, stability and fun-to-drive demeanor, including projected best-level acceleration
  • Standard Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone System and Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®
  • NissanConnectSM and NissanConnectSM Navigation with a suite of Bluetooth® phone connectivity features, including hands-free text message integration, Pandora® playback, real-time Google® POI search and more
  • Next-generation Safety Shield Technologies, including Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Moving Object Detection (MOD) systems
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Easy Fill Tire Alert
“In a segment as critical as this, with longtime nameplates and new challengers fighting for every sale, it’s not enough to just target the competition.  You have to think outside – and far above – the segment,” said Brian Carolin, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, Nissan North America, Inc.  “We created the new Altima to set a clearly recognized benchmark for many years to come.”

Most Innovative Altima Ever
The 2013 Altima is one of five all-new Nissan models set for introduction in the next 15 months and, as the second best-selling car in the United States in 2011, much is riding on the new fifth generation Altima.
“The safe thing to do would be to follow other automakers’ paths, conservatively evolving the Altima so as not to upset the existing owner base.  But that would not be in keeping with Nissan’s ‘Innovation for All’ philosophy,” explained Carolin.  “We took our most successful model and changed nearly everything – the look, the feel, the driving experience and, of course, the technology down to even the headlights and windshield wipers.”

The result is a vehicle that builds on the strong fundamental reputation, earned over four generations and two decades, for quality and reliability and adds new levels of innovation, fuel-efficiency, dynamic performance and premium style.

“Against a fragmented competitive set, the new Altima is hands-down the most engaging, purposeful and energetic vehicle in class,” said Carolin.  “If you’ve liked the previous Altima, you’ll love this one even more.  And if you’ve never driven an Altima before, get ready to have your notion of a mid-size sedan redefined.”

A Premium Presence
Among the new Altima’s many new features, perhaps the one that stands out most is its “class above” appeal, which is apparent at first look and first touch of both the exterior and interior executions.

“Mid-size sedan buyers are traditionally motivated first and foremost by the rational aspects of the purchase decision – excellent value, reliability and comfort, which Altima shares with a number of other nameplates.  But Altima buyers have never been satisfied with owning just another boring mid-size sedan,” said Carolin.  “The new Altima meets all of the rational purchase reasons, but delivers them in a way that is also emotionally rewarding.  And it does so through both its dynamic appearance and dynamic driving performance.”

The 2013 Altima’s all-new exterior design starts with its wide, aggressive stance and dramatic front end styling.  Though retaining the same wheelbase as the previous generation Altima, it has a wider front and rear track (+1.4 inches) and deeper fenders (+0.8 inches each side) – which combine with a crisp new grille design, seamless bumper and projector-type headlights to create a bold, sophisticated appearance.

Altima’s new “premium proportions” continue with the longer sloping rear roofline and raised trunk that combine to create a more fluid silhouette.  The A-pillar angle is now slightly more sloped, and the drip rail has been lowered and the waistline raised.  In addition, the deep-stamped trunk has been raised and expanded.  The new body design is capped by large taillights (with LED taillights standard on SL models) that flow from the rear into the bodysides.  Chrome trim and door handles accent the available palette of eight rich exterior colors.  Attention to aerodynamic fine-tuning gives the new Altima a lower coefficient of drag.

“The new Altima represents an astonishing transformation – fresh but still pure Altima, aggressive and premium at the same time.  The new look is fit and athletic, just the way Altima drives,” added Carolin.  “And inside, the interior is nothing short of a revolution – with one of the most dynamic, involving and complete makeover Nissan interior designs ever.”

The new Altima’s interior defies mid-size sedan convention, rivaling upscale luxury sedans in ambience and sophistication.  Like the exterior, there is a premium look and feel – from the driver’s side cockpit to the front passenger and rear seating areas – with extensive use of upscale, soft-touch materials and craftsman-like attention to detail.

“The new Altima’s interior offers just the right balance of mature sophistication with a highly dynamic and emotional edge.  It’s refined, not gimmicky, with features that you’d expect to find on a much more expensive vehicle,” said Carolin.

NASA-Inspired “Zero-Gravity” Seats, Quiet Cabin
In the desire to help reduce the fatigue experienced during long commutes or extended road trips, Nissan turned to seating and posture research from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  According to NASA, 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.

Utilizing a new articulated seat shape with continuous support from the pelvis to the chest and distribution of localized deformation characteristics, the “zero-gravity” Altima seats help reduce muscular and spinal loads, and improve blood flow – thereby helping reduce fatigue over long periods behind the wheel.  Seat surface perforations provide increased ventilation, breathability and comfort.  Heated front seats are also available.
“Reducing driver fatigue is something that shouldn’t be limited to luxury vehicles, especially as Americans are making longer commutes and looking for alternatives to flying for business trips or family vacations,” said Carolin.

Along with premium seat comfort, the new Altima offers premium quietness through efforts to reduce cabin noise coming from the powertrain (new engine and exhaust mount designs), climate system (increased HVAC mounting rigidity) and the body (increased body rigidity) versus the previous Altima design.  New noise absorption materials with a 30 percent increase in absorption capability (versus previous Altima) are also used throughout the cabin, including areas such as the roof trim, instrument panel and floor mats.
The 2013 Altima offers standard cloth seating with a 6-way driver’s seat and a 4-way adjustable front passenger seat, 60/40 split folding rear bench seat with armrest, and Piano Black interior trim with chrome finish accents.

Also available, depending on model, are leather-appointed seats and trim, 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support, and metallic texture (Charcoal interior) or wood tone (Blond interior) trim finishers.

Available audio systems include an AM/FM/CD design with RDS, MP3, aux-in and six speakers, along with a BOSE® Premium Audio System with nine speakers (including woofers), designed in conjunction with BOSE® engineers during vehicle development to deliver rich sound and acoustics.  The new Altima is available with SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio (SiriusXM™ subscription required, sold separately), and Pandora® radio capability (requires capable smartphone).

“With its range of available audio features, the quiet Altima cabin is an ideal place to enjoy various music collections – whether you plug in your iPod®, sync with Pandora® to explore new tunes, or let someone DJ from the back seat with Bluetooth® Streaming Audio,” said Carolin.

New NissanConnectSM and NissanConnectSM with Navigation
Along with the new seat design, two other items that set the 2013 Altima apart are its new NissanConnectSM and Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display (ADAD).

The 2013 Altima is the first Nissan vehicle to offer NissanConnectSM, which offers Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System and Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®, along with available integrated Hands-Free Messaging Assistant, Pandora® integration, USB connection for iPod® interface and other compatible devices and SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio (SiriusXM™ subscription required, sold separately).  It includes a 5.0-inch color audio display with SV and SL models.

With the available Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant (part of NissanConnectSM), drivers can manage incoming text messages via voice control without taking their hands from the wheel or eyes off the road.  Drivers are alerted to an incoming text and, after initiating the system, can hear the text read out loud and respond via voice recognition, or via the steering wheel switches using pre-set answers such as “driving, can’t text,” “on my way,” “running late,” “okay” or a custom message.

The NissanConnectSM with Navigation system is similarly packed with a rich range of features and is incredibly easy to use with its 7.0-inch touch-screen, 3D-effect map views, Voice Recognition, and turn-by-turn navigation integrated into the Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display.  With the ability to search destinations via Google®, POI data will never be out of date.  Other new next-generation navigation features include speed limit display, eco driving maps, curve warning, and split-screen display.

Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display
The new Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display comes standard on every model and is customizable, easy-to-use and integrates key information right in front of the driver.

Located in the center of the instrument display between the tachometer and speedometer, it features a 4.0-inch color display, more than 400 percent larger than the previous generation Altima’s vehicle information display.  Utilizing more natural 3D-effect graphics, it helps the driver to keep his or her eyes on the road longer than a traditional center-stack information monitor.

“Drivers today are inundated with a flood of information from external devices, which can distract their attention from the road at any given moment,” said Carolin.  “The Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display is an intuitive and thoughtful feature that helps make life in an Altima a little easier.”

The system is customizable and adjustable using the steering wheel controls, so drivers can view the information that is most important to them, including:
  • Audio system display
  • Instant MPG
  • Trip computer
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with individual tire pressure readouts
  • Navigation system (if equipped), with destination turn-by-turn information and compass, and the ability to match the on-screen vehicle image with the actual car color
The ADAD’s color LCD screen displays are similar to those used in portable consumer electronic devices, with cognition enhanced by the depth and tilt of the display.

Three screens are always available (CarView, Vehicle Settings and Active Vehicle Warnings) and the driver can also select four other active screens among seven other available screens.

On vehicles equipped with NissanConnectSM or NissanConnectSM with Navigation, the Advanced Drive-Assist™ display shows navigation destination turn-by-turn information, Pandora® song information and more.

Safety Shield Technologies
In addition to its many other functions, the Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display can be linked to three new available safety features – Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Moving Object Detection (MOD) – typically offered only on more upscale vehicles.  It is the first time that LDW and MOD will be offered in the segment.  The three systems are part of the optional Technology Package, which also includes the NissanConnectSM with Navigation with 7.0-inch color touch-screen and steering wheel navigation system controls.  Thanks to the use of the systems’ advanced, next-generation rearview camera, the BSW, LDW and MOD are integrated, intuitive and affordable.

The Blind Spot Warning System uses the rearview camera to scan the Altima’s blind spots and alerts the driver if there is a vehicle in the zone.  The driver is then alerted with audible and visual indicators.  In the same way, the Lane Departure Warning system uses the rearview camera to monitor lane markings and alerts the driver if the vehicle unintentionally crosses these markers.  Moving Object Detection detects moving objects, such as other vehicles, when the rearview camera is engaged when backing up and warns the driver with visual cues.

“Like so many other features on the new Altima, these Safety Shield Technologies are designed to help ease the anxieties of daily life.  For example, parallel parking outside of school, the camera not only helps you see backwards, but also has moving guides that help you into tight spaces.  At a busy shopping center, the camera can give you a 180-degree view side-to-side and the MOD system can help alert you to movement when backing out,” said Carolin.

“And getting on a freeway, A-pillar mounted light indicators, along with audible beeps, let you know if there’s another vehicle in your blind spot.  We’re proud to offer these segment-first technologies to Altima owners in keeping with the true spirit of ‘Innovation for All.’  At Nissan, we believe these features should not be restricted to just premium vehicle buyers,” he continued.

Smart, Dynamic Performance
“Dynamic Performance, defined as excellent handling, driving confidence and driver excitement, has always been a part of Nissan’s core values – from the early Datsun 510 sedan and 240Z sports car to today’s 545-horsepower Nissan GT-R.  Where the innovation comes in is in being able to offer fuel economy and responsive acceleration without compromising either,” said Carolin.

One key to achieving this modern one-two punch is found not in the drivetrain, but surrounding it – the new body design is about 80 pounds lighter than the previous body, which was already one of the lightest in the class.  The new lighter and tighter body is achieved through increased use of high strength and ultra high strength steel, the addition of a larger front tower strut brace (as used in sports cars like the Nissan 370Z), and a new rear structural support built into the rear pass-through/parcel shelf.

As for the engines, a choice of two proven Altima powerplants – the 2.5-liter DOHC 4-cylinder and 3.5-liter DOHC V6 – are again offered for the new model year.

The 2.5-liter QR25 engine has been redesigned to be lighter and more efficient.  It now includes variable valve timing on both exhaust and intake camshafts, and the new intake system opens the valves at a higher rpm to help keep the torque curve flat.  Featuring cutting-edge technology such as a new thermoplastic resin intake manifold, this engine simultaneously produced more power despite being lighter.  Horsepower has increased by seven to an estimated 182 hp (from 175 hp), while torque remains the same at 180 lb-ft (est.).  The advanced, award-winning VQ35DE 3.5-liter V6 remains rated at 270 horsepower (est.) and 258 lb-ft of torque (est.).

Targeted Class-Leading Highway Fuel Economy
Helping increase fuel economy with both engines is the next-generation Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission).  Nissan is an industry leader in CVT transmissions, with more than 20 years of experience in CVT design and engineering.  For this next-generation design, a full 70 percent of the parts have been redesigned and internal friction reduced by up to 40 percent (versus the previous design).  It also features new control logic and expanded gear ratio coverage, which helps reduce noise and fuel consumption while improving drivability and responsiveness.

“With fewer moving parts, less friction and less drivetrain shock to other parts, Altima’s Xtronic CVT® offers better fuel economy, better acceleration and better durability versus a conventional automatic transmission,” said Carolin.  “It translates the driver’s intentions in the most efficient way possible, maintaining the ‘right gear’ for every situation – creating a highly rewarding driving experience.”

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.  Also contributing to the improved fuel efficiency are tires with reduced rolling resistance and a new regenerative alternator that only operates when the vehicle is coasting.

Dynamic Driving Performance
Building on Altima’s reputation for superior dynamic performance, the 2013 Altima offers a redefined multi-link rear suspension benchmarked to leading European sports sedans.

The design features high lateral suspension stiffness, improved toe angle control (with the addition of new connect bushings) and improved camber angle control under load (for increased tire contact with the road when cornering) versus the previous generation Altima.  The suspension also utilizes a new shock absorber design by ZF SACHS, similar to that used on high-end luxury sedans, to deliver stellar body control and response, while simultaneously delivering a plush, comfortable ride.  The 2013 Altima’s front suspension uses an independent front strut design.  Stabilizer bars are utilized front and rear.

Also used for the first time on a Nissan vehicle and in the segment is a new Active Understeer Control system, which utilizes intelligent control logic and high-response brake actuators to brake the inside front wheels during cornering (as required) to increase yaw-moment.  Using the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)/Traction Control System (TCS) as its base, Active Understeer Control is almost undetectable when it operates.  It is designed primarily for everyday operation rather than emergency evasive maneuvers.
“Our target, which we think we’ve achieved, is to provide outstanding levels of handling and comfort.  The more secure and responsive the suspension, the less stress the driver should feel in nearly every driving situation,” added Carolin.

Responsive steering is provided by a new Electronic Hydraulic Power-Assisted Steering (EHPS) system that preserves the feel of hydraulic steering rack while offering the efficiencies of an electric power steering set-up.

Altima’s 4-wheel power-assisted disc brake system was also re-engineered utilizing human ergonomic studies to optimize pedal travel and force, providing a premium blend of immediate response, confident braking and reduced fatigue.  Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) are standard.

A selection of wheels and tires are offered on the 2013 Altima, including 16-inch steel wheels with full covers and 215/60R16 all-season tires, or 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 215/55R17 V-rated all-season tires, on 2.5-liter models.  New 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 235/45R18 V-rated all-season tires are standard on 3.5-liter V6-equipped models.

Details That Make a Difference
The team behind the development of the new fifth generation Altima didn’t stop with the major components and systems – they also made numerous, almost imperceptible enhancements to nearly every aspect of the driving experience.

The headlights’ automatic-on function, for example, offers an improved two-stage function.  In lower light situations during the day, the headlights illuminate automatically – but the gauges remain in daylight mode.  In late evening/night conditions, the headlights remain illuminated and the gauges revert to nighttime lighting.
In addition, many states now require the headlights to be illuminated in rainy conditions.  In the all-new Altima, after four passes of the windshield wipers, the headlights turn on automatically.  If the vehicle is turned off with the wipers in motion, instead of stopping mid-motion, they automatically complete a full cycle – so they don’t get frozen to the windshield in icy or snowy conditions.

The team even paid extra attention to the armrests, equipping them with deep, plush padding in order to enhance comfort mile after mile.

The new Altima features the Easy Fill Tire Alert function, first introduced on the Nissan Quest, for the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).  When filling the tires with air, the hazard lamps flash to let the operator know the system is working.  When the correct pressure is reached, a beep of the horn provides notification.  Unlike many competitive vehicles, Altima’s individual tire pressure monitoring and readout system provides the tire pressure at each individual location and automatically adjusts positions when the tires are rotated during service.  The information is integrated into the Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display,
Available from the SV grade is a factory-installed Remote Engine Start System, which allows the owner to heat or cool the vehicle from the comfort of the home.  The Altima must be locked for the remote start to operate (up to 10 minutes).  The Altima’s remote start is the first offered with a Nissan vehicle.

The 2013 Altima offers a long list of standard safety features, including Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt sensors and an occupant classification sensor, front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags, and roof-mounted curtain supplemental side-impact air bags for front-and rear-seat occupant head protection.

 Seven Well-Equipped Models
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.

The Altima 2.5 S model includes 6-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, cruise control, Nissan Intelligent Key®, six speakers, auto on/off headlights, in-cabin microfilter, Tire Pressure Monitoring System with individual tire pressure readouts, and much more.  Altima 3.5 S adds 18-inch wheels and tires, plus paddle shifters with manual mode.

Altima SV models include Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control, Remote Engine Start System, leather-wrapped steering wheel, aluminum-alloy wheels (17-inch on 2.5 SV, 18-inch on 3.5 SV), RearView Monitor, NissanConnectSM with Pandora® radio capability, SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio (SiriusXM™ subscription required, sold separately), 5.0-inch color audio display, USB port with iPod® connectivity, Hands-Free Messaging Assistant and more.  The 3.5 SV also adds a moonroof, fog lights and HomeLink® Universal Transceiver.

Altima SL models include leather-appointed seating, BOSE® Premium Audio System with nine speakers (including woofers), 8-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats and steering wheel, heated outside mirrors, LED taillights, LED outside mirror turn signals, premium interior trim, power sliding moonroof, auto dimming rearview mirror, and HomeLink® Universal Transceiver and more.

Just three options packages are available: a Convenience Package (2.5 SV), Navigation Package (SV) and Technology Package (SL) – along with the optional Remote Start and Rear Spoiler.

The new Altima, like previous generations, will be assembled in Smyrna, Tenn. And Canton, Miss., with engines produced in Decherd, Tenn.

“The all-new 2013 Nissan Altima offers the whole package – stylish design inside and out, outstanding ride, handling, acceleration and fuel economy, new NissanConnectSM and thoughtful technology solutions not currently found in the segment,” concluded Carolin.  “For people who enjoy experiencing life to the fullest, we have the new premium mid-size sedan just for them.”

*Fuel economy comparison against internal combustion gasoline engine-equipped mid-size sedans.  Excludes hybrid and diesel models.

Release:
Nissan Announces $21,500 U.S. Starting Price for All-New 2013 Altima Sedan

Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) has announced U.S. pricing for the all-new 2013 Nissan Altima Sedan, which made its world debut at a press conference today at the New York International Auto Show. The totally redesigned fifth generation Altima, the most innovative Altima ever with premium "class above" exterior and interior styling and targeted segment-leading estimated fuel economy of 38 mpg*, will be available at Nissan dealers nationwide beginning in July 2012.

"With a starting price of $21,500 USD, this new-generation design continues the exceptional combination of value and innovation that made Altima the second best-selling car in the U.S. in 2011," said Brian Carolin, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, Nissan North America, Inc. "With its evocative styling, sophisticated interior, rewarding driving experience, smartphone connectivity and available class-exclusive technologies, we expect an even stronger consumer response to the new Altima when it goes on sale this summer."

The all-new Altima Sedan is available in seven well-equipped models designed to appeal to a broad range of buyer needs and budgets - the 2.5, 2.5 S, 2.5 SV and 2.5 SL featuring a 182-horsepower (est.) 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder and the 3.5 S, 3.5 SV and 3.5 SL with a standard 270-horsepower (est.) 3.5-liter V6 engine. Every 2013 Altima is equipped with a standard next-gen Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission).

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices** (MSRP) for the 2013 Nissan Altima Sedan include:

Altima Sedan 2.5 CVT $21,500 USD
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

In addition to the new Altima's extensive list of standard equipment, three special equipment packages are offered, including the Nissan Navigation Package (SV models) - featuring a 7.0-inch color display, steering wheel navigation controls, and turn-by-turn navigation integrated into the Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display - priced at just $590 USD. The Technology Package (SL models) includes the Nissan Navigation System, Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Moving Obstacle Detection (MOD) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW), features usually available only on more expensive vehicles. Also offered is a 2.5 SV Convenience Package.

About the 2013 Altima Sedan
The Nissan Altima has come a long way in the 20 years since it was first introduced. Now, with the arrival in summer 2012 of the all-new fifth generation design, Nissan promises to shake up the mid-size sedan segment again with the most engaging, purposeful and energetic vehicle in its class.

Among the 2013 Altima's many attributes are a targeted best-in-segment* fuel economy of 38 mpg highway (2.5-liter engine), new premium exterior styling with a strong presence and excellent aerodynamics, an upscale interior with premium materials, and an outstanding balance of ride comfort, stability and a fun-to-drive demeanor with projected best-level acceleration.

Building on Nissan's "Innovation for All" philosophy, the new Altima also offers standard NissanConnectSM integrated smartphone connectivity with standard Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone System, Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®, and available Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant, Pandora®, real-time POIs Powered by Google®, Google® Send-to-car, Easy Fill Tire Alert, and next-generation Safety Shield Technologies, including Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Moving Object Detection (MOD) systems.

Dynamic performance is provided by a choice of a redesigned 182-horsepower (est.) 2.5-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine or a proven 270-horsepower (est.) 3.5-liter V6, with both engines matched with standard Xtronic CVT®. Altima's next-generation CVT reflects Nissan's more than 20 years of engineering and development leadership with its smooth, fuel-efficient design. Altima's redesigned 4-wheel independent suspension features segment-first Active Understeer Control for refined feel and responsive handling.
The premium interior design looks and feels a class above, with new NASA-inspired "zero-gravity" front seats, available leather appointments, and a new standard Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display in the center of the instrument cluster that integrates key information - including available navigation, text messaging notification and audio data - right in front of the driver.

The 2013 Nissan Altima is offered in seven well-equipped models: Altima 2.5, 2.5 S, 2.5 SV, 2.5 SL, 3.5 S, 3.5 SV and 3.5 SL. The new Altima is assembled in the United States.

Release:
2013 Nissan Altima Sedan Key Dimensions and Specifications





Engine: Advanced 2.5-liter 16-valve 4-cylinder rated at 182 horsepower (est.) and 180 lb-ft of torque (est.), or 3.5-liter 24-valve DOHC V6 rated at 270 horsepower (est.) and 258 lb-ft of torque (est.)

Transmission: Next-generation Xtronic CVT® with up to 40% friction reduction for improved fuel economy; V6 models feature standard column-mounted paddle shifters

Fuel economy: 27 mpg city / 38 mpg highway / 31 mpg combined (targeted) – 2.5-liter 4-cylinder
22 mpg city, 30 mpg highway, 25 mpg combined – 3.5-liter V6

Drive Configuration: Front engine, front-wheel drive

Wheels/Tires: 16-inch steel wheels with full wheel covers and 215/60R16 all-season tires (2.5, 2.5 S); available 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 215/55R17 all-season tires (2.5 S, 2.5 SLV); available 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 235/45R18 all-season tires (3.5 S, 3.5 SV and 3.5 SL)

Suspension: Independent front strut suspension, new independent multi-link rear suspension design, front and rear stabilizer bars, standard Active Understeer Control

Braking: Power-assisted 4-wheel disc brakes (front ventilated) with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD)

Steering: Electronic Hydraulic Power-Assisted Steering (EHPS)

Exterior: All-new exterior design with wide, aggressive stance; long sloping rear roofline and high trunk for a premium silhouette; projector-type halogen headlights; chrome door handles and trim; available High Intensity Discharge (HID) Xenon headlights; available LED taillights

Coefficient of drag: 0.299 (versus 0.31 for previous generation Altima Sedan design)
Wheelbase:                   109.3 inches
Length:                         191.5 inches
Width:                           72.0 inches
Height:                          57.9 inches

Seating Capacity:            5
Seating: NASA-inspired “zero-gravity” seats engineered for enhanced comfort for a wide variety of body types; standard 6-way driver’s seat; available 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support; 60/40 split folding rear bench seat with armrest; available leather appointed seating; available heated front seats

Interior Features: “Smart cockpit” with next-generation technology; soft-touch materials and premium finishes on all grades; sound deadening comparable to high-end vehicles; chronograph gauges with chrome trim; Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display customizable command center with steering wheel controls – drivers can view information that is most important to them on a standard 3D-effect color display;
NissanConnectSM integrated smartphone connectivity with available Hands-Free Messaging Assistant, standard Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®; available Pandora®; available real-time Google® POI search; available Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant – allows drivers to manage incoming messages via voice control without taking their hands from the wheel or eyes from the road; Piano Black interior trim, chrome trim finish; Fine Vision meter cluster; standard Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System and Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®; available Bose® Premium Sound System with nine speakers; available RearView Monitor; available premium interior trim (wood tone or metallic texture finishers); available moonroof

Advanced Technology: Available NissanConnectSM with Navigation system with 7.0-inch color display and turn-by-turn navigation integration into Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display; Blind Spot Warning (BSW); Moving Object Detection (MOD); Lane Departure Warning (LDW); Remote Engine Start System
Safety and Security: Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage front supplemental air bags with seat belt sensors and occupant classification sensor, front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags, roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and Easy Fill Tire Alert.

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, design, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010 and has been recognized as a 2010 and 2011 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency.

More information about Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.Infiniti.com .

About Nissan
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second largest Japanese automotive company by volume, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan and is an integral pillar of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 150,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers with more than 4 million vehicles in 2010.


With a strong commitment to developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of fuel-efficient and low-emissions vehicles under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A pioneer in zero emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades including the prestigious 2011 European Car of the Year award.
For more information on our products, services and commitment to Sustainable Mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.