Nissan has introduced a “major facelift” for the 2016 Altima available in United States. The sedan has received a redesigned front featuring a V-Motion grille and revised headlights that have been shaped like boomerangs. It also benefits from tweaked fenders, optional LED daytime running lights and a new hood while at the back it has gained revisions to the taillights, bumper and trunk. More importantly, the drag coefficient has dropped by 10% to 0.26 Cd thanks to some aerodynamic optimizations like the new underbody panels and an active grille shutter. Thanks to these changes, the fuel consumption should be down a little bit compared to the outgoing 2015 model year.
Stepping inside the cabin, there’s not much going on but we should mention the slightly modified center console hosting new cup holders, along with different door upholstery, tweaked center stack, better steering wheel as well as Zero Gravity front seats.
In terms of engines, Nissan will offer the 2016 Altima sedan in United States with a four-cylinder 2.5-liter developing 182 bhp and 180 lb-ft of torque along with a larger V6 3.5-liter pushing out 270 bhp and 251 lb-ft. Regardless of your choice, the model comes exclusively with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) sending the engine’s power to the front axle.