Nissan has big plans for the next two years. And we mean, big - five new models in the next 15 months, to be exact. They got a strong start with the next-generation Nissan Pathfinder, revealed at the North American International Auto Show in January, and they're taking yet another big leap with the all-new Nissan Altima at the New York Auto Show. The Altima will go on sale first, in July, and the Pathfinder will follow closely behind this fall, with three more models set to hit the Nissan Sunnyvale showroom by the middle of next year.
But, before we get too far ahead of ourselves, we'd like to take a minute to tell you about the 2013 Altima. As of 2012, the Altima is officially the second best-selling car in the United States. And the next-gen Altima is set to become one of the best (if not the best) car in the country. Nissan President and CEO Carlos Goshn explains, "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."1
How? Well it all starts with a revamped exterior that is just a bit bigger, 79 pounds lighter, and more aggressively styled than the outgoing model. That includes C and D pillars that have been extended further, reshaped head- and taillights, and a pinched grille that results in improved aerodynamics and fuel economy.
Inside, the new Altima is luxuriously appointed with comfortably designed seats (Nissan used NASA research to ease pressure points) that will help reduce fatigue during long road trips. Meanwhile, the new center stack, infotainment display and instrument panel are easier to navigate than ever before. That means that the new blind-spot monitoring system, and Nissan Connected infotainment sytem (navigation, Bluetooth, internet radio, Google point-of-interest, hands-free texting), are incredibly easy to access.
There were rumors that Nissan would be bringing a turbocharged four-cylinder engine to the Altima, but the truth of the matter is: people really love the V6. So, instead they updated their Continuously Variable Transmission for both the 2.5-liter inline four and the 3.5-liter six-cylinder for a boost in performance and fuel economy. The four-cylinder is now the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid powertrain in the midsize sedan market with an EPA-estimated 38 miles-to-the-gallon.
Wow, that's a lot of changes. But, remember that there are four more redesigned models headed our way in the next year. So be sure to stay tuned with Nissan Sunnyvale for more news on this and all of the other new Nissan models set to roll into our showroom, located at 680 East El Camino Real. And be sure to stop in and see us to when your favorite new Nissan arrives - we're always happy to arrange test drives.