generation Altima sedan on the all-new
Nissan "D" platform.
24th April 2006.
The 2006 New York International Auto
Show (12-23 April) was an important North American
rendez-vous for Nissan
and its luxury brand
as it was the venue for very significant models, from the
mid-size sedan, to the facelifted Maxima (available in the
U.S. from June), up to the all-new Infinity
G35 sedan (November 2006).
On top of that, Carlos Ghosn, president
and CEO, Nissan Motor Co., spiced up the sporty side by
announcing that the next generation of Nissan’s renowned
GT-R performance car will be available in North America
and badged as a Nissan model. The model was previewed as
GT-R PROTO concept at last year’s Tokyo Motor Show,
but has not previously been offered for sale in North
America. Scheduled to go on sale in Japan in fall 2007, it
will reach the U.S. and Canada in spring 2008.
In volume terms, Nissan's new
(from November 2006), the brand's best-selling vehicle,
was also joined by the all-new
hatchback (from June) and sedan (late 2006) as well as the
minivan (available from June).
Zooming closer to the new, fourth
generation Altima sedan (Altima
prices), it comes evolutionary in its design, on the
all-new Nissan "D" platform (Mid-size category
corresponding to the European D-segment, upper medium
size) with improved body rigidity and a redesigned
Altima with Xtronic CVT or 6-speed manual
The new front-wheel drive sedan will
also offer Nissan’s
advanced Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission),
or 6-speed manual transmissions, a 3.5-liter V6 or a
2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engines (and electric hybrid
versions will follow next year), and other optional
features including Intelligent Key with Push Start
Ignition, Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone System, RearView
Monitor and an advanced touch-screen navigation system.
When the third generation Altima was
introduced in September 2001, it targeted the estimated 20
percent of sedan buyers with fresh style and performance,
which made it Nissan’s best-selling vehicle (ranked
fourth among all cars in 2005 U.S. sales), and the 2002
"North American Car of the Year."
Exterior - The 2007 Altima’s
exterior styling offers an aggressive stance, a new Nissan
"T-shaped" grille, powerful front fenders,
forward A-pillars and Nissan family roofline, Altima-style
taillights and dual exhaust finishers on all models. High
Intensity Discharge (HID) xenon headlights are available
on V6-equipped models.
body for nimbleness, without compromising
comfort or space.
In terms of size, the new Altima comes
back closer to its segment, with the wheelbase 0.9-inch
(22.8mm) shorter (109.3 inches, 2776mm) than the previous
model, and the overall length 2.5 inches (63.5mm) shorter
(189.8 inches, 4820mm), with the interior retaining its
The body is 0.3-inch (7.6mm) wider
(70.7 inches, 1795mm) and overall height is the same (57.9
inches, 1470mm) as in the previous generation Altima, like
the trunk space (15.5 ft3, 0.44 metre3).
"Roominess was retained by moving
the cowl forward and the rear glass back, while the low
beltline allows the use of large side glass," said
Brad Bradshaw, vice president and general manager, Nissan
Division. "As a result, the smaller body enhances the
sense of nimbleness, without compromising comfort, utility
or passenger space."
The Altima exterior also offers
redesigned 16-inch and 17-inch wheels and 16-inch wheel
covers. Nine exterior colors are offered, five of which
are new for 2007.
Interior - The 2007 Altima
interior gets an expanded use of soft materials (such as
padded armrests) and chrome accents. Interior noise levels
have been reduced with the new rigid platform and
increased sound insulation.
system and dual-zone automatic temperature
The instrument panel features a new
Fine Vision gauge display for enhanced readability. The
centre console includes a new triple front cup holder
design (CVT-equipped models), among several cup and bottle
areas (up to nine in total, including 20-ounce bottle
holders in the door panels) and storage compartments (many
of which are covered). The volume of the glove compartment
has doubled in size to 0.46 cubic feet (13 litres).
Interiors are available in three colors
– charcoal, blonde and frost – in soft-touch suede
fabric or leather-appointed seating.
Among the new passenger amenities are
the optional Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition,
Bose-developed audio system with 9 speakers, Bluetooth
Hands-Free Phone System and dual-zone automatic
Platform - The all-new Altima’s
promised driving pleasure should come from a tuned
combination of acceleration, handling and refined sound
– provided by the all-new "D" platform and the
enhanced engine designs.
headlights available on V6 versions (top),
The new Altima is the first global
application of Nissan’s advanced "D" platform,
which offers much improved body rigidity and an all-new
front suspension with new geometry and shock absorbers
with rebound springs.
The engine mounting position is 30
millimetres lower (with a six-point pendulum-type mounting
system in place of the previous four-point system on V6
models) and the half-shafts have equal angles and are more
parallel to the ground – virtually eliminating torque
The subframe-mounted front suspension
makes extensive use of aluminium parts. A new X-type upper
cowl structure helps improve front body rigidity for
suspension mounting. The rear multi-link independent
suspension design separates the rear shocks and springs
for reduced friction. Shocks are in line with the centre
of the rear wheels, for better damping and less harshness.
Front and rear stabilizer bars are standard.
In addition to 17-inch wheels and
tires, the Altima 3.5 SE offers a sport-tuned suspension
with larger diameter stabilizer bars and unique spring
rates and strut damping.
Engines - Two engines are
available, a new version of the 12-time Ward’s "10
Best Engines" award-winning VQ-series V6 and an
inline 4-cylinder. A Hybrid Electric Vehicle, Altima HEV
will follow early next year.
light indicator (top) and dual exhaust
The 3.5-liter 24-valve DOHC V6
is now rated at 265 horsepower (ratings are per SAE J1349,
AUG 2004) and 255 lb-ft (345 Nm) of torque, offering
stronger acceleration and more refined sound quality. The
V6 features new twin induction, reduced friction, improved
cylinder head cooling and new twin knock sensors.
The 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder
generates 165 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque (230 Nm).
The QR25 engine has been refined with a larger intake
manifold, increased compression ratio (9.6:1 from 9.5:1)
and reduced friction characteristics. It features a silent
chain drive and a balancer system (with balancer changed
to a centre-mounted location for better NVH) to reduce
vibrations without taking up much space.
Both engines feature continuously
variable valve timing, modular engine design,
microfinished crank journals and cam lobes, molybdenum
coated lightweight pistons and electronically controlled
New dual exhaust system designs reduce
exhaust backpressure by 35% on the 4-cylinder and 50% with
the V6. Both systems utilize increased tube diameters and
include dual chrome-tipped exhaust finishers.
Transmission - The 2007 Altima
is offered with two transmissions (for both engines).
A new 6-speed, narrow-gate manual
features reduced friction, a new guiding plate, shorter
shift stroke, increased torque capacity and closer gear
ratios covering a wider range.
transmission available for both V6 and
The advanced Nissan Xtronic CVT
(replaces the previous conventional automatic
transmission) is designed to create a true synergy between
engine and transmission with smooth, responsive,
fluid-feeling performance and efficient operation. The CVT
units utilized with both engines have been tailored
specifically for use with the new Altima. Unit friction
has been reduced by 30% for the 4-cylinder CVT and 20% for
the V6 design.
The V6 CVT has been enhanced with an
all-new "Sport" mode controller boasting a
high-speed central processing unit and Adaptive Shift
Controller with adaptive logic for faster shifting in both
normal and manual modes.
The adaptive logic feature delivers the
best shift pattern based on the driving environment and
driver’s guessed intentions by mathematical deductions
(from various driving inputs). It utilizes 700 programmed
algorithms to adjust to differing conditions, such as
uphill or downhill driving, as well as adapting to three
styles of driving – economy, normal and sporty.
Nissan began studying CVT technology in
1979, offered its first production CVT in 1992 and the
world’s first 3.5-liter V6 CVT application in 2002,
remaining today the industry leader with three separate
CVT designs currently in production. .
Compared to conventional automatic
transmissions, CVTs offer owners, as studies of Murano
drivers have shown, real benefits in terms of smooth,
responsive, trouble-free performance. By 2008, Nissan
expects to sell one million CVT-equipped vehicles
worldwide annually, as it will also be offered in the 2007
Maxima, Sentra and Versa.
Structure - The new Altima’s
improved body structure exploits ultra high strength steel
in many locations, including side-impact areas, which
allows for a 30% weight reduction in the frontal body
structure. Despite the enhanced rigidity and the
additional equipment, the new Altima is just about 55
pounds (24.9 kg) heavier than the previous generation.
all-new Altima: finesse in the mid-size
A new twin-orifice
vehicle-speed-sensitive power rack-and-pinion steering
system is standard, with improved "on centre"
Braking is by standard 4-wheel
disc brakes. Standard on V6 models and optional on
4-cylinder models is a 4-wheel, 4-channel, 4-sensor
anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic
Brake force Distribution (EBD), which optimizes
brake force depending on load condition (passengers and
cargo) and Brake Assist, which boosts braking
pressure when it senses hard or panic pedal application.
A new variable ratio pivot brake pedal,
the first utilized on a Nissan vehicle, provides a more
rigid feel at freeway speeds and less sensitive, more
controllable operation in city driving.
With the 4-cylinder engine, Altima gets
16-inch wheels (steel wheels with covers on 2.5 and 2.5 S,
aluminium-alloy wheels are optional on 2.5 S and standard
on 2.5 S with SL Package and 3.5 SL) and 215/60R16 tires.
The V6 Altima 3.5 SE comes with 17-inch
aluminium-alloy wheels and 215/55R17 tires.
Safety - The new Altima comes
with standard safety features such as advanced airbag
System (AABS) with dual-stage front supplemental air bags,
front seat side-impact supplemental airbags for chest
protection and roof-mounted curtain side-impact airbags
for front and rear outboard occupant head protection.
Other standard equipment includes front
seat Active Head Restraints, the LATCH (Lower Anchors and
Tethers for CHildren) child seat anchors and tether system
and Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS).
Optional safety / convenience features
include the RearView Monitor, which utilizes a small
camera to help show the view behind the vehicle when in
reverse gear, an 8-way power driver’s seat, automatic
on/off headlights, leather-wrapped steering wheel,
steering wheel-mounted audio controls, power sliding glass
sunroof, Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone System, satellite
radio with choice of XM or Sirius service, Intelligent
Key, touch-screen navigation with voice recognition,
HomeLink Universal Transceiver, leather-appointed seating,
heated front driver and passenger seats, dual-zone
automatic temperature control and rear-passenger air
The 2007 Nissan Altima will be
available in six models (versions): 2.5, 2.5 S, 2.5 S with
SL Package, 3.5 SE, 3.5 SL and HEV (Hybrid Electric
Vehicle for early 2007).
It will be assembled at the Nissan
North America Manufacturing Smyrna and Decherd, Tennessee
and Canton, Mississippi plants.