Five generations have passed and more than 5.6 million Altimas were already sold. This time around, Nissan decided to place a serious bet on their midsize sedans since Americans are now starting to shift to SUVs and crossovers. The Altima has been ousted from being a top selling model in the United States from the lineup of the Nissan Company. This spot has been taken over by the Rogue. But, in order to combat the losses in their sales of midsize sedans, Nissan decided to make the Altima sportier, more expressive, and this time, it comes with the same trick VC-Turbo engine found in the Infiniti QX50.
The hood of the Altima has been reshaped and under it are two brand new engines. Its first engine is the reworked version of the earlier generation of the 2.5-L naturally aspirated 4-pot of the Altima. It can crank out a horsepower of 188 at 6,000 rpm as well as a 180 pound feet torque at 3,600 rpm.
However, the most important news has something to do with its engine which replaces the earlier 3.5-L V6. This latest model has poached its 2.0-L variable compression turbocharged engine from QX50 that can produce 248 horsepower at 5,600 rpm while the sedan will have 273 pound of feet torque once premium gas is used. The VC-Turbo mill, a trick unit, has the ability of changing the volume of its combustion chamber to alter the compression ratio that can span from 8:1up to 14:1. It also means that its effective displacement can vary from 1,997 cc up to 1,970 cc.
With this latest model, Nissan hopes that Altima will be able to regain its number one spot as a top seller of the company when it comes to midsize sedans.