While the Nissan is planning on rolling out a completely new version of the Maxima, the Altima will only get a facelift that will give it a slightly better look, improved engines and more user friendly features. The 2016 Nissan Altima is set on becoming a better car than its competitors with the help of clever engineering and good looks.
This new model is set to hit the market somewhere in 2015, probably in November or December. This means that there is plenty of time for the car to become better than its current counterpart. The interior of the 2016 Nissan Altima will get a small boost in the material section. It will now feature a leather steering wheel and leather armrest as standard, a climate control system and a pretty good audio system with 6 speakers. Options will include automatic climate control, a panoramic roof, a premium audio system with USB connectivity and also leather upholstery.
Release Date Of 2016 Nissan Altima
While the price for the current car starts at roughly $22,300, the next model is set to cost just a bit more. This translates in more equipment in its basic form and also superior comfort thanks to tuned suspension, improved aerodynamics which decrease noise and better insulation inside the car. Expect to see it priced at about $23,000, only a slight increase over the currently offered version.
Engine wise, Nissan hasn’t said anything about the engines of the next Altima, but if we had to guess, than, it will probably keep the engines of the current generation with minor improvements. There is a small chance that it will get a new turbocharged engine for the top of the line model, but this is highly unlikely.
The base engine will be a 2.5 liter naturally aspirated inline 4 that will provide up to 185 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque which is a small improvement over the previous generation. The more powerful engine is a 3.5 liter V6 that was also found on the previous generation. This is a bit more capable at 275 horsepower and 276 lb-ft of torque which is again an improvement over the 2015 model. With smaller, 2.0 liter inline four cylinder turbocharged engine the 2016 Nissan Altima could offer from 220 all the way up to 280 hp, depending on the factory tuning and with this unit it could improve fuel economy keeping performances on pretty high level.
Fuel consumption for both engines ranges from around 30 MPG on the highway and as low as 21 MPG in the city for the V6 and 23 MPG for the inline 4. Transmission wise, both of them will come as standard with front wheel drive and a CVT transmission that is comfortable to use and quiet but quite slow in operation.
2016 Nissan Altima Hybrid
For those that want lower fuel consumption we can recommend hybrid but we do not know if it will come with the same setup like it was the case with previous models. If that happens we can expect to see 2.5 liter inline four cylinder that is supercharged and combined with electric motor. This 200+ hp system allows acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in about 6.5 seconds and 44/32 mpg in city/highway drive conditions.
Its exterior on the other hand will remain pretty similar to that of the 2015 model. The improvements come to the shape of the mirrors in order to make less turbulence at high speed, the LED for tail lights as well as the biXenon installation for the headlights. The grille of the 2016 Nissan Altima has also been restyled in order to maintain its sharp looks.