Nissan introduces fifth-generation Altima for 2013

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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The mid-size sedan segment is one of the most competitive within the entire automotive industry and includes venerable names such as Accord, Camry and Sonata. Nissan's popular Altima has competed in this segment since its arrival as a 1993 and was recently redesigned for the 2013 model year. Now in its fifth generation, the Nissan Altima comes to market with a host of new features and goes on sale later this year.

Power for the 2013 Altima comes from either a 2.5-litre inline four-cylinder engine or a 3.5-litre V6. The 2.5-litre churns out an estimated 182 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque while the larger V6 delivers an estimated 270 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Both engines come mated to Xtronic continuously variable transmissions.

While the new Altima comes standard with a six-speaker audio system, a Bose premium audio system with nine speakers is also available. The interior also features Apple iPod and USB connectivity, a Bluetooth hands-free phone system, in-vehicle navigation with a 7.0-inch touchscreen and voice recognition, a hands-free text messaging assistant, a 5.0-inch colour audio display and SiriusXM satellite radio. Of course, as is customary these days, the new Altima's interior can be trimmed with leather seating and also includes a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Paddle-shifters are available to allow selection of programmed virtual gears in the CVT transmission, providing a sportier driving experience when desired.

Safety features for 2013 include an anti-lock braking system, electronic brake force distribution, a blind spot warning, a lane departure warning and moving object detection. The new Altima also has an active understeer control system, which is a first for any Nissan model. Active understeer control uses brake actuators to brake the inside front wheels of the vehicle during cornering and is meant for normal use rather than emergency maneuvers. Nissan also says its active understeer control system is nearly imperceptible when in operation.

The 2013 Nissan Altima arrives in the U.S. market this summer, and the Canadian market introduction is expected to take place at approximately the same time.

"In a segment as critical as this, with longtime nameplates and new challengers fighting for every sale, it's not enough to just target the competition. You have to think outside – and far above – the segment," said Brian Carolin, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Nissan North America, Inc. "We created the new Altima to set a clearly recognized benchmark for many years to come."

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Topics: Sedan, Nissan, 2013, Altima, Midsize,

Organizations: Altima

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