Now that we've seen the updated Toyota Camry and Chevrolet Malibu, not to mention the already-on-fire Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima, it's time for the rest of the mid-size sedan players to freshen up their offerings. Nissan looks to follow suit later this year with the all-new 2013 Altima, which our spy photographers recently caught testing with a very revealing camouflage treatment.

Up front, the new headlights and grille take a swoopier shape, as do the foglights below. (Squint, and you may see a bit of Hyundai Genesis in that front end – just sayin'.) Out back, the taillights get a similar dose of rakishness, probably akin to what we've been seeing on Nissan's latest designs – the Maxima, 370Z and Juke.

Reports have indicated that Nissan will offer a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the Altima, and if so, it's unclear whether or not the older, 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four will stick around. Expect the 3.5-liter V6 to still be the range-topping powerplant, with six-speed transmissions (manual and CVT) to be offered throughout the range.


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      NissanGTR
      • 3 Years Ago
      The best and cheapest use of camo. Trash bags.
      BipDBo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dangit! They stole my idea to make a car out of bubble wrap.
        dukeisduke
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BipDBo
        I thought it was a poor man's version of that fabric-covered BMW from a couple of years ago.
      JasonERF
      • 3 Years Ago
      Terrible vinyl wrap job
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      sniperhunter2001
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you want to get a better idea, the Nissan Ellure was the concept Altima.
      Klinkster
      • 3 Years Ago
      That front end screams Camry SE. Good job in poaching the competitions designs Nissan!
      That Mike
      • 3 Years Ago
      Without reading the article, I already said to myself it looks like a Hyundai Genesis. I think everybody we see the same.
      TOGO
      • 3 Years Ago
      You can't hide the same old tired design covering it with trash can bags. You should put the design in a trash bag and take it to the curb. Get some fresh ideas Nissan.
      Travis St.Marthe
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like a bigger version of the versa. Hope it does not have that issue where the rear suspension drops all the way to the ground when people sits in the back
      marre
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like 2013 Genesis
      Making11s
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Honey, the strangest thing just happened. I was taking out the trash, and it grew wheels and drove away!"
        kontroll
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Making11s
        Honey, the strangest thing just happened. my trash is a Nissan
      kontroll
      • 3 Years Ago
      even with all the camouflage you can tell they didn't get rid of the "depend" adult diaper look at the rear of the car. This is no different than what toyota did with the Camry...just a cheap excuse to spread the "news" as a form of advertisment that they have a new product...classical example is that it already appeared in Autoblog and/or other publications. Look what Toyota is doing with Camry...the entire automotive media is talking about it and esentially what is it??? a BIG NOTHING, just an excuse for a media blitz.!!
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