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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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      danrarbc64
      • 3 Years Ago
      So it may offer 4 engine choices, assuming they keep a base NA 4 cylinder? And only one of them 6 cylinders? Sounds like a waste of engine mount points, unless Nissan's V6 bolts to the same ones. Or maybe I'm stupid.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @danrarbc64
        A company like Ford can throw 4 different engines into the F-150. 3.7 Duratec 3.5 EcoBoost 5.0L V8 6.2L V8 All very different engines that differ significantly in size.
      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is already looking infinitely better than the bland current model. I hope that they improved the NVH of the VQ engine, it's way past its prime.
      Alex
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like Nissan's getting a move-on with redoing its lineup - the new Pathfinder spied, now this. Here's to hoping a sporty and stylish Sentra's on the way!
      Rob Ascough
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anyone who says this looks boring is an idiot. You can't see anything aside from the basic shape through the camo. And stop talking about hatchbacks. As much as they make sense, THEY DO NOT SELL IN THE U.S. People buying mid-sized cars around $25-30k want sedans with clean designs. Not everything has to be a RWD hatchback or wagon with a diesel engine, because very few people are going to buy it.
        oRenj9
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rob Ascough
        Hatch-backs sell plenty well in the U.S., you just need to put a 3" lift kit on them and call them a "crossover".
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      PLEASE ditch the fun killing CVT and offer a proper manual with the V6.
        departo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Face it, sadly the manual is pretty much dead in this segment. They do say the new CVT that's supposed to debut with this car is much improved over the current one, so maybe it won't be as much of a "fun killer" anymore.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        [blocked]
          oRenj9
          • 3 Years Ago
          It's just that the Altima wasn't really sporty enough to justify buying one in a manual.
          Brian
          • 3 Years Ago
          I wouldn't say that this is true for everyone. I drive a mid-sized sedan and I sought one out with a manual transmission.
          Basil Exposition
          • 3 Years Ago
          I am with Brian. I took a Greyhound to to a different state at 4am to ensure my midsize sedan had a manual.
        BG
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Great hope, but the suburban appliance transportation crowd won't be interested (and would not know what to do with three pedals on the floor). I'm disgusted, too, but most drivers just don't care.
        Greg
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Only the Altima Coupe comes with a manual. The new CVT is supposed to be much improved supposedly.
        Tarantula
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        I can't understand how can having(or claiming to like) manuals helps with driver satisfaction anymore....I mean it's not like driving a stick shift makes you a better driver...!!
      Ed
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks pretty boring to me.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ed
        Yeah, because you see SO MUCH of the car's design through ALL of that camo, right?/sarcasm
      brgtlm
      • 3 Years Ago
      At this point, think Maxima look alike and it'll be somewhat close. The last generation cars looked pretty similar and I think the same design themes will carry onto the Maxima including the interior. All the non-SUV Nissans are getting the Infiniti-lite dashboards. I like the current Altima - I think it has held up very well for a 5 year old car, but I think the sales numbers are inflated due to lots of fleet sales. You see tons of base S Altimas running around with the rental car bar codes.
        leunamme
        • 3 Years Ago
        @brgtlm
        I will agree with you about the Infiniti-esque interior. You're right about that. And the current Altima does look good for the five year old design, especially considering that the current iteration is an evolution of what debuted in 2002.
        leunamme
        • 3 Years Ago
        @brgtlm
        two things, a lot of cars have bar codes on them and are owned by private individuals...you can't assume barcodes mean they're rental... second off, have you looked at the greenhouse? despite the camo, you can tell that the greenhouse on this car is completely different from the Maxima. it is gonna have a third piece of glass behind the rear passenger door, something that the current gen Altima and current Maxima do not have...the only car in the current Nissan family that has that quality is the Infiniti M... The front fascia compare to the maxima has a completely different grille and headlights. The one place I can agree with you is the rear, the tailights and rear do look related to the Maxima, but that's about it.
      marre
      • 3 Years Ago
      2012 Genesis
        leo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @marre
        Sorry but it's teh Genesis sedan that has a green house similar to that of the Altima. It wore it first by about 7 years. so just cause you like Hyundai don't speak out of ur arse
      _I_I_II_I_I_
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm SO excited to see the new Nissan Appliancima. ssssssnnnnnnnxxxxxxx
      zizixx89
      • 3 Years Ago
      this car finally gets HID and the hybrid is suppose to 273hp just like the ellure concept and the next maxima will have an AWD option
        • 3 Years Ago
        @zizixx89
        [blocked]
      Seph
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure that it's based on the design of versa, but what I'm interested in, is the engine and the power train..
      ICantDrive88
      • 3 Years Ago
      Heck it doesn't even matter if they offer the V6 since dealers don't like carrying them in stock. I looked at them a year ago and only wanted a V6 and they looked at me as though a third eyeball was on my forehead...
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