Our army of spy photographers has managed to grab a few images of the next-generation Nissan Altima cruising around with less body cladding than we've seen in the past. The new shots show the 2013 Altima wrapped in swirl vinyl instead of the baggy plastic that surfaced back in August. As a result, we can see more of the vehicle's body lines than before, and it's clear the vehicle will borrow more than a few cues from its Maxima sibling moving forward. The lines look handsome enough from this vantage, though we'll have to wait and see exactly what Nissan has planned for the front fascia before casting a final decision.

The Japanese automaker may saddle the Altima with the same boomerang headlights we've seen on the Maxima and 370Z, and there's some indication that the company will power the Altima with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Could that be the same mill currently found in the Nissan Juke? Anything's possible. Also on the menu is a supercharged 2.5-liter hybrid drivetrain. Fans of the vehicle's 3.5-liter V6 need not cry, however. The engine is expected to remain on the option sheet.

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