Following nearly a full season of V8 Supercar effort, Nissan's Altima sedan -- the replacement for the long-toothed Maxima -- will move from the track to hit local showrooms in November
The Altima will kick off with a $29,990 entry price, which gets you into the base model of the four spec levels: the ST (with an estimated drive-away price of $33,513). The ST-L will cost $35,890 ($39,667 estimated drive-away), the Ti is $40,190 ($44,025 estimated drive-away) and the Ti-S tops the range at $45,390 ($50,784 estimated drive-away).
The Altima will be powered by two petrol engines. The Ti-S gets a 185kW/326Nm 3.5-litre six-cylinder, while the lower three trim levels will carry a 127kW/230Nm 2.5 litre four-cylinder engine, mated to a CVT (continuously variable transmission) automatic the carmakers says has a wider gear range, as well as upgraded electronic control systems to improve response, limit flare under load and improve fuel economy.
At Carsguide's US test drive in September, Nissan claimed best in class economy for the 2.5-litre four-cylinder, which has been lightened and runs variable valve timing on both sides of the combustion process, as well as variable intake lift.
All levels except the base will have the new Nissan Connect system that integrates with smartphones to hear and read social media updates, play music using the Pandora online function and employ Google to search out restaurants and other nearby venues.
Altima Ti and Ti-S will also have advanced safety technology, including blind spot and lane departure warnings, moving object detection and an Around View Monitor system. In addition, Nissan says the entire Altima range is fitted with "premium comfort seats inspired by zero-gravity research" that are designed to keep you sitting pretty by increasing blood flow, decreasing muscular load and lowering fatigue.
Nissan Altima range
Altima ST - $29,990 ($33,513 est drive-away)
Altima ST-L - $35,890 ($39,667 est drive-away)
Altima Ti - $40,190 ($44,025 est drive-away)
Altima Ti-S - $45,390 ($50,784 est drive-away)
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