The new 2018 Nissan Altima returns mostly unchanged for the new model year as Nissan has not indicated any willingness to make proper redesigns. That said, buyers and enthusiasts alike should just expect a mid-cycle refresh at least for now as they await a thorough refresh set for later this year. According to rumor mills, the Nissan Altima should be expected to undergo a through refresh sometime in 2019. As such, the new model will continue coasting on the changes that the existing model received in the previous model year.
Based on the latest news, there’s a probability that Nissan is set to drop its V6 engine option due to the sluggish sales volume it accounts for in overall. Or better yet, there’s still talk of Nissan introducing a new special edition that will swing into action with a plethora of feature bundles and cosmetics. However full redesigns that span the entire engineering and bodywork should be expected later on.
From an expert point of view, the new model should not be expected to be any different from the outgoing model. As such, we don’t see the point of waiting for it. The existing 2017 model offers powerful engines, distinctive styling, and great fuel economy numbers. But even so, it is still below par from the best-rated options in its class. It fails to score big when it comes to offering a high-quality look, the technology interface is old, and the engine noise is almost intolerable.
The new model will mark five years since Nissan made any significant changes to the Altima nameplate. And this lack of refreshment shows in terms of the interior quality and technology interface. Although the Altima was seen to offer a fresh appeal in terms of its cabin, quality standards and features tend to evolve quite rapidly in the family-sedan class and as now they seem a bit dilapidated by contemporary standards.
Beneath the engine of the 2018 Nissan Altima should be expected a 2.5L four-cylinder engine capable of producing 182 horsepower and an almost similar amount of torque. The power should then be sent to the wheels via the continuously variable transmission system. Also available for buyers especially those looking to get things a bit more interesting is the 270-horsepower 3.5L V6 engine that Nissan says can sprint the Altima from 0-60 mph in 6.2 seconds.
2018 Nissan Altima Interior Changes & Exterior Redesigns
Are there any changes and redesigns? Absolutely not! Those are bit too farfetched but we do expect Nissan to of course make some subtle changes for the purposes of revving up the Altima’s appeal. These changes might touch on the exterior’s color variety, front and rear bumper redesigns, and so on.
Inside however, we hold the opinion that Nissan ought to do a bit more than just a refreshment. In this quickly evolving world, buyers are now shifting from traditional family sedans to high riding midsized crossovers, and as such, Nissan has to offer just a bit more in order to keep its traditional buyers.
To this point, Nissan hasn’t indicated any plans of improving its interior quality. The quality of materials is average, and its infotainment system falls short of expectations as well. At a glance, its five-inch display is strenuous to read, and not even upgrading to the available seven-inch option solves this problem. The screen is also positioned quite low and this only serves to worsen the problem.
On the upfront though, the front seat’s design deserves some praises. Those particularly travelling for long distances will find the seats quite comfortable and supportive. At the back, the seats feature an elevated seat cushion that offers excellent visibility and provide enough head and legroom. Although the cabin scores better in terms of the layout, it may actually fail to arouse excitement during driving at high speeds. The engine noise is intrusive to say the least.
The new Nissan Altima 2018 should be expected in a whopping five trim models just as before but this number might change if Nissan decides to add a special edition model. Available trims include the base S, SR and the top-of-the-range AWD SV and AWD SL models. The base model should be available with the following features – cloth upholstery, push-button ignition, keyless remote entry, a four-speaker sound system, Bluetooth connectivity, full power accessories, and air conditioning.
What Engines Are Offered For The 2018 Nissan Altima?
As mentioned previously, the new model should be expected to return with the existing model’s 182 horsepower- producing 2.5L four-cylinder engine – also credited for offering 180 lbs. ft. of torque. While the Altima 2018 may fail to cause excitement in its performance relative to other vehicles in its segment, its impressive fuel consumption ratings deserve some praise. EPA estimates the average fuel economy to be 31 mpg for city/highway.
Also to be offered for buyers is the 3.5L V6 mill that is expected to return with the same output figures as the outgoing model. Thanks to about 270 horsepower and 152 pounds of torque, the Altima fitted with this engine should be able to sprint from naught to 60 mph in just 6.2 seconds. Fuel ratings should be expected at 26 mpg for city/highway cruising.
2018 Nissan Altima Release Date & Pricing
Pricing shouldn’t change for the 2018 Nissan Altima which currently retails at an MSRP of $24K. As for when it should be available, Nissan is yet to make such news releases and as such we are still at the mercies of rumor mills and therefore cannot confirm when the vehicle will go for sale.
As we can see from this review, the 2018 Nissan Altima whether in sedan or coupe form fails to deliver the news that most returning buyers would want to hear especially considering how long the vehicle has staid unchanged. Although nothing is for sure at the time of this review writing, pictures available on the internet suggest that the Altima is set to return unchanged.
More updates pertaining this space will be provided here at a later date.
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