It looks as if Nissan may have inadvertently revealed part of the 2013 Altima ahead of its debut. The keen-eyed crew over at Inside Line spotted a completely undisguised version of the four door in a promotional video on Nissan Japan's YouTube channel. While we've seen test vehicles in various states of disrobe for a few months now, this is the clearest view yet of the next-generation Altima. We can clearly see the vehicle's 370Z-inspired headlights and the hint of a more pronounced grille as well as more emotive bodywork.

You may recognize that character line as the similar to the one found on the 2013 Pathfinder. Were we the betting types, we'd say we can expect to see that detail crop up on other Nissan offerings soon as well.

Will the new lines be enough to help the Altima keep its momentum up in the family sedan marketplace? We're going to hold off judgement until we see the final product in the flesh, but we will say the vehicle will find itself nose to nose with some increasingly threatening competition. With redesigned versions of the Ford Fusion, Volkswagen Passat and Toyota Camry intent on carving out larger slices of the mid-sized pie, the 2013 Altima will have its work cut out for it.

As you might expect, Nissan has since nixed the video with the Altima in it, but Inside Line was quick enough to grab a few screen shots. Head their direction for a closer look.


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      Jay
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like they show the Versa hatch too at the end of the video.
      tipdrip215
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd have to see the whole thing, but from this shot it looks like a baby Maxima.
      joejoe590
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hmmm I dig the front clip, but I'm not sure I'm liking the side profile. I think they were going for a Maxima/Infinity mix but ended up with 2007 Elantra. I reserve final judgement until seeing the whole vehicle.
      TorqueGirl
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Accidentally"... yeah, ok.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        wrxfrk16
        • 2 Years Ago
        The special class that is. No stick option, dismal motors, no four wheel drive available, a possible but tenuous SS package somewhere on the horizon. Really, the only upside of the Malibu is that it's better than the old Malibu's, which is like saying the new Malibu is better than riding a skateboard to work.
        Greg
        • 2 Years Ago
        I don't think the 2008 Malibu was so bad. The 2004 Malibu is horrendous though. I would take any form of transportation over the 2004 Malibu for sure. I still think the Altima is a better car.
      MynameisDwayne
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's still "accidentally" ugly!!!!!!
      DMAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Last gen Elantra anyone? Yeesh.
        Daverytimes
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DMAG
        You mean the design language of the infiniti?, Nissan has been doing curvy lines with infiniti for years, they seem to be extending that to their main brand.
        regionrat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DMAG
        I was gonna say the same thing. If this swoopy line is the new design trend for Nissan, I guess we can give up hope of a sporty-looking Sentra. Although, I suppose the current Maxima couldn't possibly look worse if it tried, so maybe it's not all bad news.
      sskoobydo1
      • 2 Years Ago
      i've had 1 nissan, never again. it was always in the shop. I'll Stick with my Ford Escape, F150 and Focus. Back to made in America for me. and Only Fords.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        wrxfrk16
        • 2 Years Ago
        No manual option, non-suppressable traction control, styling that make it and the Corolla idential, yeah the new Camry is just killing it.
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        And the Optima/Sonata have the Camry beat... Ooh, that has to sting for a Hyundai/Kia hater.
      oxygn
      • 2 Years Ago
      Gross
      Rexxer
      • 2 Years Ago
      And who really cares?
      John Murphy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why bother when everything you make gets recalled any way Nissan. more feul leaks ?
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