Ahead of a planned reveal tomorrow at the New York Auto Show, the photos of and details on the 2013 Nissan Altima have leaked on VWVortex revealing an impressively fuel efficient sedan with plenty of styling borrowed from the Maxima.
Sharper lines and a more aggressive front fascia define the new Altima, due to dealerships this Summer. For 2013, Nissan’s volume-selling sedan gets a more efficient 2.5-liter inline four cylinder engine that takes advantage of variable valve timing for improved efficiency.
A rethought continuously-variable transmission (CVT), standard in all Altimas, also contributes to the improved fuel economy for an estimated 38 mpg highway, as well as 27 mpg in the city – the best of any non-hybrid mid-size sedan, even topping the Camry’s 25/35 rating. The efficiency-minded four-cylinder also gains seven horsepower for a total 182 and an estimated 180 lb-ft of torque.
If you prefer performance, the 270-hp V6 model comes with standard paddle shifters and a chain-driven system instead of the four-cylinder’s belt, though you’re still stuck with a CVT, which means the gear shifts simulated.
Still, the company says the re-thought CVT will offer improved fuel milage thanks to new gear ratios that offer better cruising economy, bringing 15 percent better fuel efficiency to the four-cylinder and 10 percent to the V6.
Leaked pricing reveals the Altima will start at just $21,500 with V6 models from $25,360 and topping out at the Altima 3.5SL at $30,080.