EDIT: We’ve learned that Nissan Canada will sell six trims, the one not carried over from the U.S. being the 3.5 SR.
Nissan today unveiled its redesigned 2016 Altima mid-size sedan, a car the company hopes will capitalize on “five consecutive years of sales growth” since 2009.
While the new car casts a similar shadow as its predecessor (introduced in
20102013), it adopts styling cues from recently redrawn Maxima and Murano models; changes inside are less notable.
The automaker hasn’t provided many details about the car, other than to say it will be offered in a range of familiar trims (2.5 S, 2.5 SV, 2.5 SL, 3.5 SL, and a new 2.5 SR “sport” model), those offering clues that it will continue to use the company’s 2.5L four-cylinder and 3.5L V6 engines. We’re not foolish enough to expect Nissan to bring back a manual transmission option (that disappeared with the last generation’s introduction), so look for continuously variable automatics to standard with both motors.
Nissan says “full information” will be released later today at a Detroit meeting of the Automotive Press Association, so we’ll bring you up as soon as those specs cross our desk.