2018 Nissan Altima Preview – Providence
Changes to the 2018 Nissan Altima, Nissan’s top-selling sedan, include automated emergency braking and forward-collision warning, which have been made standard on all models. At Speedcraft Nissan in West Warwick, we also got a preview of the top-of-the-line 2018 3.5 SL, which will include standard adaptive cruise control and upgraded NissanConnect, which includes navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Nissan has also announced that it has cut its lineup from seven to five. Gone is the base model and the V-6–powered 3.5 SR at the top end. That means the new base model is the 2.5S, which starts at $24,025, only $240 more than the outgoing base Altima, according to Car and Driver. The 2018 Altima is offered with a choice of two powertrains – a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder and a 3.5-liter V6. Nissan has also changed up its option packages, including the 2.5 SR Special Edition and 2.5 SV and 2.5 SL Technology Packages.
The 2018 Nissan Altima will continue its bold, dramatic look with its low, muscular front, “V-motion” grille, deep bumpers and LED signature boomerang headlights. The grille shutters, windshield designs, and detailed front and rear fascia have been designed to improve aerodynamics, while additional improvements have been made to keep reduce engine and transmission sounds and keep the cabin quiet.
Inside, the 2018 Nissan Altima looks like an upscale luxury sedan. The Zero Gravity front seats, adjustable six ways for the driver and four for the passenger, offer continuous support from the pelvis to the chest. Heated front seats are also available, along with Carbon Wave tone (charcoal interior) or Brushed Silver Wave tone (beige interior) interior trim finishers. The 2.5 SR grade includes sport interior accents, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, paddle shifters and leather-wrapped gear shifter.
Every Altima also offers a four-inch, color Advanced Drive-Assist™ display in the center of the instrument panel. Also standard is a Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant, which allows drivers to drivers can manage incoming text messages by voice command. No hands needed. Another option is to use steering wheel switches with pre-set answers such as “driving, can’t text,” “on my way,” “running late,” “okay” or a custom message.
The 2018 Altima is available in eight colors: Brilliant Silver, Gun Metallic, Super Black, Scarlet Ember, Pearl White, Glacier White, Deep Blue Pearl and Storm Blue.
He 2018 models will be available this fall. Car and Driver predicts the 2018 model year may be a short one, as Nissan has already revealed that it will do a complete redesign of the 2019 Altima.