2016 Nissan Altima Specs, Price and Release Date. The first prototype for the redesigned 2016 Nissan Maxima has been spotted. Despite being almost entirely covered in camouflage, the prototype confirms the new flagship sedan’s styling is influenced by the Nissan Sport Sedan concept that bowed this year in Detroit.
The Nissan Altima is one of America’s best selling cars, and Nissan has seen enormous success with their Versa small car which adds the all-new Versa Note hatchback to the line-up this year. Nissan has also had success with their Sentra compact, Murano and Rogue crossovers and Frontier pickup. Halo cars like the 370Z and 370Z Roadster, the GTR supercar and Leaf electric car have helped the brand’s image, but other vehicles like the Juke crossover, Quest minivan, Xterra SUV, Cube compact, Maxima full-size sedan, Pathfinder and Armada SUVs and the Titan full-size pickup haven’t achieved much success recently.
Nissan, originally known as Datsun in America, got off to a strong start in the late 1960s and 1970s by offering affordable, reliable alternatives to European cars with offerings like the 240Z and 510 sports cars. A name change to Nissan in the 1980’s had little impact on the brand’s success, and their vehicles have constantly won critical acclaim.
2016 Nissan Altima Specs, Price and Release Date
This new model is set to hit the market somewhere in 2015, probably in November or December. This means that there is plenty of time for the car to become better than its current counterpart. The interior of the 2016 Nissan Altima will get a small boost in the material section. It will now feature a leather steering wheel and leather armrest as standard, a climate control system and a pretty good audio system with 6 speakers. Options will include automatic climate control, a panoramic roof, a premium audio system with USB connectivity and also leather upholstery.
While the price for the current car starts at roughly $22,300, the next model is set to cost just a bit more. This translates in more equipment in its basic form and also superior comfort thanks to tuned suspension, improved aerodynamics which decrease noise and better insulation inside the car. Expect to see it priced at about $23,000, only a slight increase over the currently offered version.
Engine wise, Nissan hasn’t said anything about the engines of the next Altima, but if we had to guess, than, it will probably keep the engines of the current generation with minor improvements. There is a small chance that it will get a new turbocharged engine for the top of the line model, but this is highly unlikely.
Fuel consumption for both engines ranges from around 30 MPG on the highway and as low as 21 MPG in the city for the V6 and 23 MPG for the inline 4. Transmission wise, both of them will come as standard with front wheel drive and a CVT transmission that is comfortable to use and quiet but quite slow in operation.