Nissan is busily putting the 2013 Altima prototype through its paces ahead of the vehicle's debut later this year and spy photographers spotted the vehicle on public streets wearing a new vinyl wrap designed to obfuscate the model's lines. Even so, we can clearly see a few more details about the upcoming sedan.

From the looks of things, the vehicle received more than a little inspiration from the Nissan Ellure Concept. With a contoured body line and headlights borrowed from the 370Z, the vehicle looks to have quite a bit more personality than in years past. Additionally, the same boomerang line found in the headlight housings also look to be transposed on to the vehicle's C pillars and tail lamps, though the look isn't as exaggerated as we saw on the Ellure.

The photogs also garnered a glimpse into the vehicle's cabin, giving us the first look at the dash in the 2013 Altima. The sedan will likely come with the same intelligent key system found elsewhere in the Nissan line, and the center stack and steering wheel have seen some love as well. Word has it the Altima will debut with a new hybrid drivetrain that makes use of a an electric motor paired with a supercharged four-cylinder engine and a lithium-ion battery pack.


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      BlackDynamiteOn
      • 2 Years Ago
      Somebody has a spindle grille. Oh yeah....... BD
        Greg
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BlackDynamiteOn
        And that would be Lexus. No spindle grill on this car. This car looks a lot like the Maxima from the side and Accord Sedan from the back.
      crazymagman
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, the current interior was a huge leap over the previous one, and this one looks to be at least equal to that with a lot better styling now!!! Can't wait to see this car in person. :)
      Steve
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks like the mini-Maxima. Maxima looks good cause it's big, not too sure about smaller Altima. The dash is okay, nothing special in my opinion
      Robert J. Darr
      • 2 Years Ago
      i work for Nissan and have seen pictures of the new Altima . they have greatky improved the car with a much shaper body lines and more areodinamic front. They are finanlly going after the Koreans with the styling!
      Justin Campanale
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nissan, , as a suggestion,PLEASE offer the manual transmission on all trim levels. So far, both the exterior and the interior look great.
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        @Justin Campanale
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      Jesus!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Still an ugly Nissan. At least the interior materials are on par with the mid 90's Altima. That was the last Altima that had a quality interior. And while we are on the interior, it looks like a car version of the last gen F150 interior with the 3 piece dash. Anyway, the last few Altimas have been utter trash. I'll still take a Fusion any day over it.
      Dvanos
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like a smaller version of the Maxima which is a good thing.
        24994J
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dvanos
        Agreed. Better a small Maxima than a big Versa.
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          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @24994J
          @ Rant Master Then you would be a fool.
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        @Dvanos
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      mchlrus1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thank you! Those ugly taillights are gone.
      J W
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is anyone else seeing Toyota Camry when they look at these spy shots?
        brian
        • 2 Years Ago
        @J W
        Not really - but I do see a familiar hourglass shape in the grill...
        mazeroni
        • 2 Years Ago
        @J W
        It does look like it has lost a lot of personality. The car seems a lot more plain especially in the tail section while the current gen has those interesting geometric shapes. Though the current car interior isn't going to win any awards it does appear just as bland and out of date. I think the Fusion is doing something much more interesting so maybe I'm just biased.
        KAG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @J W
        I think they did the stickers outside of the cars to look like a Camry to screw with people.
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        MJC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @J W
        Not at all.
      bbblehead
      • 2 Years Ago
      I will not own a foriegn namplated auto, period. Keep sending you money overseas and hope our economy gets better. Yeah, that'll happen....
      bob.nissan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sorry, no Altima HEV, all done, all R&D went into the Leaf. Nissan has no plans for any hybrid outside Infiniti. This ain't no base model either. Note duel climate control and Nissan's cheepo navi display, no this be the deluxe version. The L32 Altima was Nissan's bread and butter the past 5 years and is a mainstream people mover. It should do quite well for those that are shopping for a Camry or Accord. Nissan needs a home run with the updated Altima and it will do OK. However FWD + CVT = not for me. I'll go for the Juke.
        gravel_junky
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bob.nissan
        Side Note: This is a mid trim level vehicle, NOT the "deluxe version". Hell it's got hubcaps man...
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