Though the current Nissan Altimareceived a refresh for the 2016 model year, it’s essentially the same car that debuted in 2012 underneath the skin. That makes it ancient in car years. And if you’ve been holding out for the new model, you won’t have to wait much longer. Nissan just announced that the next-generation 2019 Altima will debut at the New York auto show next month.
Once Nissan’s best seller, the Altima has let that title slip away to the Rogue crossover in recent years. That likely has something to do with the U.S. market’s shift away from cars toward SUVs and crossovers, but it could also be attributed to the Altima’s advanced age. The Altima’s competitors in the midsize sedan class, the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, and Chevrolet Malibu, have all entered new generations offering more modern powertrains, new tech features, and better fuel economy.
Nissan will finally bring the Altima up to date when the new model makes its debut at the 2018 New York International Auto Show on March 28. So far, the automaker hasn’t revealed any details on the next-gen Altima, but we expect it will employ Nissan’s current design language inside and out, possibly including a floating roof and some variation of the V-Motion grille. The 2019 Nissan Altima could also get a new or revised engine lineup, and should offer the latest from Nissan’s ProPilot Assist suite of advanced safety features.
We should find out more about the 2019 Nissan Altima as we get closer to the New York auto show, so don’t go anywhere.
Images of the current Nissan Altima pictured.