Nissan Tweaks Altima, Provides Tech and Gives VC Turbo Engine

Nissan Tweaks Altima, Provides Tech and Gives VC Turbo Engine


Regardless of the propensity of most North American consumers to gravitate solidly in the direction of crossovers and SUVs, there stay a couple of gloriously cussed souls preferring the feel and appear of a four-door midsize sedan. This explains why a vanishingly few firms nonetheless promote the issues, benefiting from holes within the market left by the exodus of manufacturers equivalent to Ford.

Nissan has determined to re-up its Altima for 2022, giving it a nostril job and infusing its inside with up to date expertise.

That tweaked entrance fascia introduces a brand new tackle the so-called ‘V Movement’ grille and incorporates the model’s new minimalist emblem. LED headlights at the moment are commonplace throughout the board, plus the standard smattering of midcycle refresh gadgets like new paint colours and wheel designs. Heady stuff right here, of us.

Extra notable enhancements await contained in the 2023 Altima, most notably a brand new 12.3-inch show which is identical dimension because the jumbotron discovered within the zooty Nissan Armada full-size SUV. It replaces the earlier 8.0-inch show, which might have handed for an outsized smartphone, and – if it’s something just like the display screen in that Armada – will function a high-res show offering clear photographs and crisp graphics.

The 12.3-inch display screen is optionally available in mid-level trims and is commonplace on the highest tier. Professional tip: Spend the cash and get it. Bose-branded gear is on the market, as are the likes of an energetic noise cancellation equipment and Amazon Alexa in case you simply merely can’t wait till you’re house to order a recent bundle of paper towels.

Beneath its hood, the 2023 Altima is on the market with a alternative of two four-cylinder powerplants: A 2.0-liter Variable Compression turbo or a extra pedestrian 2.5-liter four-banger. All-wheel drive is on the market with the latter. For these of you with quick recollections, the VC expertise makes use of each multi-point injection and Nissan’s Direct Injection Gasoline system to alter its compression ratio between 8:1 (for prime efficiency) and 14:1 (for prime effectivity). A trick multi-link system inside the center of this factor constantly raises or decrease the pistons’ attain to alter the compression ratio.

We’ve opined on the VC Turbo earlier than nevertheless it bears repeating that the expertise should have value a king’s ransom to develop and produce. In idea, it looks like the golden ticket for ICE-powered automobiles to mix energy and effectivity however official EPA gas economic system stats don’t actually bear fruit, a minimum of for the ’23 Altima: The 248 horsepower VC is rated at 29 mpg mixed whereas the 188 hp 2.5L is rated at 31 mpg mixed in front-wheel-drive functions. The VC additionally requires premium gas to make all its horses.

The 2023 Nissan Altima will go on sale this autumn.

[Images: Nissan]

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September 2022