Reports are suggesting that the new 2015 Nissan Altima will bring updated styling with few small changes and a new hybrid model. This mid-size sedan could be a significant improvement over the previous version and will certainly be more interesting for many drivers since it will offer hybrid powertrain.
Altima’s styling will change in some minor degree and will include improvements to nose and tail. Front fascia may be slightly reshaped and perhaps new grille will be inserted. Basic profile and proportions stays untouched, leaving this sedan slightly shorter than the class average. Wheel sizes are in range from 16”-19” alloys or with wheel covers. Hybrid and SL versions will be equipped with LED taillights and LED outside mirror turn signals.
Changes For 2015 Nissan Altima
Cabin textures and graphics could be revised with add on of trendy piano-black trim panels and numerous soft-touch surfaces. Screens on the dashboard will have specific displays for tracking gas-electric energy flow and other fuel-consumption details. Trunk volume will remain on a class average of 15.4 cubic feet. Lineup of 2015 Nissan Altima will be consisted of at least seven different trim levels, plus the possibility of hybrid version. Although hybrid is offered on upper trims (SL), Nissan will probably make it available also on more affordable SV type.
Drivetrain will offer 2.5 liter 4-cylinder gas engine as basic on majority of trim levels. Second option is Altima’s V-6 3.5-liter unit with 270 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Third option is hybrid engine. Main goal of hybrid engine is to achieve maximum fuel economy and minimal exhaust emissions with no loss in performance. This powertrain will come with 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit teamed with a 15-kilowatt electric motor with at this moment these are only estimations and we still do not have any official data.
What is interesting we could hear that hybrid will come with supercharged engine and that total power that this powertrain will be able to deliver is 218 hp which is more than enough for most drivers. Transmission is a CVT (continuously variable transmission) which is automatic transmission but with a pulley system instead of a fixed number of gear ratios. The 2015 Nissan Altima Hybrid will be equipped with Dual Clutch System, which manages power from gas engine and electromotor. Front wheel drive will be offered in all 2015 models.
Review Of 2015 Nissan Altima
The 2015 Nissan Altima will offer again some of the standard features such as lane-departure and blind-spot warning systems. Smartphone integration as well as USB and iPod connection. Navigation system consists of 7-inch dashboard touchscreen featuring 3D mapping and responds to voice commands. Depending on trim there will be leather upholstery, an eight-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar, a moon roof, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote engine start, and keyless entry with pushbutton ignition. All Altima’s will come with options of splitting/folding rear seats to enhance cargo space.
Base price of the 2015 Nissan Altima will be about $22,500 and will go all the way up to $32,000 for higher trim levels. The Altima Hybrid is estimated to have starting price around $26,000 and above, depending on equipment. This model should be available in showrooms before the end of 2014th while the sales also should start before the year end.