Nissan is celebrating the start of production of the all-new 2019 Nissan Altima at its Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant today. Pricing ranges from more than $25,000 to more than $26,000. The latest Altima arrives in dealer showrooms in the U.S. this fall.
Replacing the previous-generation Altima’s 3.5-liter V6 engine is the company’s world’s first production-ready variable compression turbo inline 4-cylinder, called the VC-Turbo. It claims to deliver near V6-level performance with 4-cylinder fuel economy. The VC-Turbo changes its compression ratio between 8:1 (for high performance) and 14:1 (for high efficiency). The engine delivers 248 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque (premium fuel). The new engine is available on Altima SR and Platinum VC-Turbo front-wheel drive grades. There is also the first extra-cost Intelligent All-Wheel Drive in a Nissan sedan in the U.S.
Building on 25 years more than 5.6 million sales to date, the all-new Altima is a competent mid-size sedan that competes well with the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. True to the clichés of autotalk Nissan touts “expressive styling, an uplifting interior and two new engines.” No matter the car speaks for itself.
“This is a great day for Nissan and the Canton plant,” said Philip Calhoun, vice president, Manufacturing, Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant. ”
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Altima is also the first Nissan sedan in the U.S. available with Intelligent All-Wheel Drive and advanced Nissan Intelligent Mobility features, (warning: Marketing Babble alert) including ProPILOT Assist. ProPILOT Assist uses a forward-facing camera, forward-facing radar, sensors and electronic control module to help the driver stay in the center of the driving lane and to maintain vehicle speed (set by the driver) or help maintain a gap to the preceding vehicle if the vehicle speed drops below the driver-set speed. It also can slow the vehicle to a complete stop and holds the vehicle during traffic jam conditions.
The sixth-generation Altima is being built at Nissan Canton and at Nissan’s Smyrna (Tennessee) Vehicle Assembly Plant, where production began in August 2018.
Nissan Canton currently produces five models: Altima, Murano, Frontier, TITAN and TITAN XD, and NV Cargo and NV Passenger vans.