Yet another mainstream NYIAS intro. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – March 29, 2017 Nissan introduced their all-new Altima with new styling, interior, two new powerplants, and for the first time, an AWD variant will be offered. The all-new 6th gen Altima includes ProPILOT Assist as highlighted in the 2018 Rogue from last fall’s TAWA Truck Rodeo will be standard on the 2019 Altima SV, SL and Platinum trims. The 2019 Altima also includes Rear Automatic Braking, which helps the driver detect stationary objects when backing up, and if necessary applies the brakes to help avoid a collision. The addition of Rear Automatic Braking to Nissan Safety Shield creates Safety Shield 360, which provides front, side and rear safety monitoring and intervention technologies – including Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Automatic Braking, Lane Departure Warning (LDW), radar-based Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and High Beam Assist (HBA). 2019 Nissan Altima Drivetrain(s) Two new engines replace the previous-gen Altima's 3.5L V6 as the company's world's first production-ready variable compression turbo I4. The compression ratio varies between 8:1 (for high performance) and 14:1 (for high efficiency) – with an advanced multi-link system continuously raising or lowering the pistons' reach to transform the compression ratio. The direct injected 2.5L I4 is rated at 188 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque while providing lower noise, vibration and harshness, and improved fuel economy. Nissan was very quiet on the final efficiency results. For the first time, the 2019 Altima can be equipped with All-Wheel Drive on all trim levels equipped with the 2.5L I4. The all-new Altima is 1.1 inches lower in height, 1.0 inches longer in length and 0.9 inches wider, plus is has a 1.9-inch longer wheelbase. It can be equipped with efficiency robbing 19” alloys and tires with 16s. 17s, and 18s standard on the carious trims. Inside, the interior features a wide "gliding wing" instrument panel. Key interior comfort and convenience features range from seats with added bolstering for improved holding and support – I am not sure this addition is an advance???, to standard NissanConnect featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and an 8” multi-touch color display. The 2019 Altima will be offered in S, SR, SV, SL and Platinum trims. All five come equipped with the standard 2.5L I4 with the optional AWD system. The SR and Platinum are available with the advanced 2.0L VC-Turbo engine (front-wheel drive only). The Platinum trim VC-Turbo will be offered in limited quantities and open for reservations in early summer 2018 (U.S. market only). An efficient Altima gets even better with improved exterior/interior appearance, vastly improved infotainment, safety, and more importantly, improved efficiency. The 2019 Altima will reach Nissan dealerships nationwide this fall.