The Nissan Altima is trying to progress for the 2017MY. After a quick spin around Dubai's dazzled streets in this facelifted model, it's clear the evolution is happening, but won't be widespread until the all-new Altima lands.
Nissan has unveiled the new 2017 Altima for the Middle East markets. The reveal of the new model took place at a regional event in Dubai, and comes with a fresh new appearance including the "Energetic Flow" exterior styling theme and "Gliding Wing" interior layout, "Class Leading Fuel Economy" and "Improved Driving Dynamics and Safety Technology".
The front end of the 2017 Altima offers the most dramatic change with its energetic flow design, since all panels and pieces forward of the A-pillars are new - fascia, bumper, fenders, hood and lights. Two key elements are the redesigned V-Motion grille and boomerang-shaped headlights, similar to those found on the Maxima. The look is dramatically different from the 2016 Altima design, with a wide, deeply sculpted lower bumper, integrated fog lights (2.5SV, 2.5SL, and 3.5SL models) and prominent chrome-trimmed grille.
The reshaped headlight units incorporate halogen high beam and projector low beam lights along with LED projector low beam lights and LED signature daytime running lights that sweep into the wide raised hood (available only on 3.5L SL grade).
The rear of the new Altima is marked by a new sculpted bumper with a dark lower accent, a new trunk lid and lower, wider boomerang-shaped combination lights that help provide a more expressive, higher quality appearance when approaching the vehicle from behind. The four-piece combination lights incorporate the tail- and stop lights, turn lamps and backup lights.
Nissan committed to adding value, incorporated customer's feedback and added comfort features, such as the standard Zero Gravity front seats which have been reshaped, the woven cloth seating and door panel materials which feature a more open weave pattern, providing a premium look and feel throughout the Altima interior. Twin cup holders on the center console now accommodate mug handles in response to customer input.
The already extensive Altima color palette for 2017 includes Java Metallic, Brilliant Silver, Gun Metallic, Super Black, Cayenne Red and Pearl White and a new 17-inch machine-finish aluminum-alloy wheel design.
Along with the revised appearance, the X-Tronic D-Step CVT equipped in the new Nissan Altima is among the quietest in its segment. Altima has also improved in its coefficient of drag - to 0.26 Cd from the previous 0.29 Cd* (currently similar to the GT-R). The changes come from the addition of an active grille shutter (a three percent gain), underfloor aero cover additions (three percent) and the new front and rear fascia and windshield designs (four percent).
Safety and technology
The Altima has stepped up the safety technology by adding its first-in-class Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW), the Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Forward Emergency Braking (FEB), and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA). The new steering has been reshaped and tuned to provide real-time road input and precision (available only on SL grades).
The 2017 Altima's refined interior design follows the new "Gliding Wing" design language. Central to the new look is the revised C-stack with available 5.0-inch and 7.0-inch displays for the navigation with mobile apps; finishing off with the acoustic windshield that provides a new level of cabin isolation and quietness.
The Nissan Altima 2017, now offered in five grade levels including 2.5 S, SV, SL and 3.5 SV and SL grades, will have a price ranging between $21,500 and $28,900 in the GCC. Prices per market will be revealed at their respective launches and will vary from region to region.
My first drive impressions made it pretty obvious and clear that with the facelifted Altima, Nissan is scheduling its midsize sedan for something far superior in the coming years. The Altima's interior dimensions remain identical while its exterior looks are more self-confident and its driving character is slightly improved - especially with a quieter cabin and less noise. If you are in a hurry to get a new car, the 2016 Altima is definitely worth a look.
Pros: Super quiet cabin, recently updated exterior looks, super comfortable seats, fuel-efficient
Cons: Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), noisy 4-cylinder engine
Rivals: Toyota Camry, Mazda6, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, Volkswagen Passat, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima
One word: improved
2.5 L inline-4, 182 hp @ 6000 rpm, 245 Nm @ 4000 rpm
CVT with manual shifting mode, FWD
0-100 km/h: 8 sec, top speed: 185 km/h, fuel consumption: 6 - 7.3 L/100 km
Weight: 1450 kg
3.5 L V6, 270 hp @ 6400 rpm, 340 Nm @ 4400 rpm
CVT with manual shifting mode, FWD
0-100 km/h: 6.3 sec, top speed: 209 km/h, fuel consumption: 8.7 - 10.6 L/100 km
Weight: 1571 kg