The Nissan Altima has always been a familiar customer in the North American market and we assume the next 2017 Nissan Altima will be as well. The latest model is going to be the update for the fifth-generation vehicle and is going to be built on the same Nissan D platform the previous one was built.
The previous model managed to outsell the rivals, the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord models, in the last stages of the month and at the end topped the list of most sold vehicles in its segment. The 2017 Altima plans to continue on this premise and build up on the success it had with the previous vehicle by refreshing it a bit for the new period.
The fifth-generation was actually received pretty well by the fans and how could it not as it had a spectacular setup to show for its efforts. It had a smooth and friendly ride, well crafted interior with high comfort seats and something which is very important for the segment and that is fuel economy. All of this things are kept for the new model and are only extended upon.
A refresh or a facelift is usually done without making large changes to the design, but this one can be regarded as an exception. It may have a lot to do with the rivals getting a sort of an higher update or is this a sort of a strategy for Nissan and the future of its brand to do things this way, but there are going to be more changes than you would initially assume or have planned for the vehicle.
Nissan has already announced that they have prepared something significant for their update and you can read about it right here. The price listings have also been released recently and they are now known for the upcoming model.
2017 Nissan Altima exterior
The overall shape and size of the exterior of the new 2017 Nissan Altima is going to be kept the same, but there are going to be some changes incorporated here and there. The front side of the car, for instance, is being reshaped a bit and it all starts with a grille substitution. The old one is replaced with a V-shaped grille which is similar to the Maxima one. The headlamps of the car are longer and slimmer while in the lower part there is a new bumper added. The muscular looking bumper has revised foglamps and a center stack goes with the flow of the grille design.
The back side of the car has more subtle changes made compared to any other part of the car. The taillights have been revamped with new graphics and they are made so they extend into the trunk lid. The back side also has chrome trim and adds a new spoiler to the overall design. The new bumper is much crisper looking while down below there are a couple of new creases positioned above the exhaust pipes.
The profile of the car is unchanged, which is a good thing, and the overall aerodynamics of the car is enhanced and the model enhances the drag coefficient from 0.29 to 0.26 Cd. Other novelties also mean the addition of 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels and a mew color choice, the Deep Blue Pearl.
The inside does not get a large update for its 2017 Nissan Altima version. There were not many complaints made with the design of the previous cabin and thus there was not a need to change that much about the model, but steal a few tweaks here and there can only do good for the car. There are plenty new features added actually, they include a revised center stack, added cup holders on the center console and a very refined new steering wheel. The car also uses the Zero Gravity seats, which are standard for this model, and will be utilized in the newest version as well but will have some softer materials to make the comfort levels higher.
The SR trim comes with even more updates compared to the base one. With this trim you get blue accents on the steering wheel, seats, door panels, and you also get a special leather-wrapped gear shifter and a leather-wrapped steering wheel also. Also on the inside you can get either a five- or seven-inch display for the NissanConnect SM which has an available NissanConnect Navigation with Mobile Apps.
2017 Nissan Altima engine choice
As this is only an update we do not see any changes for the powertrain of the 2017 Nissan Altima being made. The Altima will retain the setup it had the previous year and will continue with the same sort of engines it used as before, this includes the 2.5-liter four-cylinder and 3.5-liter V-6 engines respectively. The former one is good enough fro 182 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque while the later makes 270 horses and 251 pound-feet of torque. Both engine options are being combined with an Xtronic CVT transmission system, but it does not do that much to enhance the performance in a significant way. The EPA ratings state the base engine will offer an enhanced fuel economy setup with a 39 mpg on the highway, while both engine options will be available for the SR trim.
Price and release date
The base version of the car is going to cost $22,500 USD and the price goes higher with each trim. The S is $22,900 USD, the SR is $24,470 USD, the SV is $25,460 USD, the SL is $28,570 USD, the 3.5 SR is $27,390 USD and finally the 3.5 SL is priced at $32,090 USD. The 2017 Nissan Altima is going to come available early next year and will appear in the beginning of 2017 if not earlier.