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The 2013 Nissan Altima is the Japanese automaker’s attempt to dethrone the Toyota Camry as king of the mid-size sedan segment, and now the fuel-efficient model has been awarded a 5-star overall vehicle safety rating as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).
10. 2013 Lexus ES
Over the past few years Lexus has been referred to as a Japanese Buick, with the number one reason being the ES front-drive luxury sedan – a car that drew direct comparisons with the not-quite-Cadillac GM premium brand. To erase those comparos the new 2013 ES gets a more stylish exterior with a GS-themed front nose and a profile more like the flagship LS.
Swapping its Camry underpinnings for an Avalon platform it has, however, grown even more in size – a notable Buick trait. Plus, to challenge the eAssist mild-hybrid LaCrosse, there’s finally now an ES300h hybrid system getting 39 mpg average.
Growing in size, the 2013 Altima keeps the same 2.5-liter 4-cylinder and 3.5-liter V6 engines with a slight bump in power. The bigger news is the next-generation CVT transmission that helps improve fuel economy by as much as 15 percent. As a result, Nissan claims best-in-class fuel economy for the Altima.
To find out just how efficient, watch AutoGuide’s first look video below.
GALLERY: 2013 Nissan Altima
Much of the information about the new Altima made its way onto the internet yesterday thanks to a set of loose lips, or careless fingers as it were but there’s still more to tell. ”NASA inspired zero-gravity seats” make their first debut in the car.
The automaker turned to NASA in an effort to develop seats that keep the driver and front passenger in the most natural position possible for ideal comfort. Of course, people come in all shapes and sizes, so anything short of a test drive is probably inadequate to render judgement.
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.
The fifth and presumably final teaser for the 2013 Nissan Altima has been released to highlight the Advance Drive-Assist Display system. It also gives us a full front view of the car, even if only for a split second.
The video shows off the Advance Drive-Assist Display system, which the company says “brings relevant information closer to eye level keeping your eyes on the road.” Such relevant information includes navigation directions, lane departure warning systems and incoming phone calls and texts.
The video also shows us the full back end of the re-designed Altima, which does not appear to be radically changed from the last model.
Gallery: Nissan Altima Teaser Stills
This newest teaser video shows the profile of the car and gives us a better idea of the overall styling. We can see a much more curve oriented shift in design than the previous Altima.
View the first, second and third teaser videos. When you add them all up you get a good sense of what the new Altima will look like. There is also an accidentally leaked image of the front quarter panel of the new car.
Check back for AutoGuide’s live coverage from the 2012 New York Auto Show.
Watch the teaser video below.
This video highlights the taillights and a small portion of the rear end of the car. When the Altima bows, Nissan says it will have greatly improved fuel economy, and driver focused technologies to make the car stand out in its segment.
Along with the redesign of the 2013 Altima, the Honda Accord, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Malibu have all been revamped for the upcoming model year. This will no doubt spark a heated battle in the mid-size sedan segment in 2013.
Watch the teaser below, and let us know what you think the 2013 Altima will actually look like in the comments section.
The Altima is Nissan’s best-selling sedan, and will be getting an all-new design for the 2013 model year. Set to debut at this year’s New York International Auto Show, the Japanese autoaker has decided to release a very quick teaser on the new Altima to whet our appetite.
And by teaser, we mean a real teaser. Don’t even try to blink through the video as you’ll miss every little detail that Nissan has released on the Altima. Shot in an aerial view, it offers a glimpse into the new Altima design, revealing a low, wide stance and sculpted profile. But if this teaser just leaves you wanting for more, check out the accidental leak we saw a couple of days ago.
Watch the teaser video below:
Curious what the 2013 Nissan Altima will look like? Here’s the best look yet.
While spy photos have shown a camo-clad mule, the Japanese automaker has accidentally revealed much more on its Japanese language YouTube channel.
In a video showcasing the automaker’s 30 years at the Nissan Technical Center there’s a quick pan of what is very likely the new mid-size sedan, sporting some swoopy styling, angular headlights and grille and a bit of camo.
The video has since been pulled from the automaker’s site, and in its place a new version has been uploaded showing the Infiniti JX instead. Still, a few screen captures remain.
GALLERY: 2013 Nissan Altima
Nissan has released full details on its 2012 Altima lineup with the Altima Hybrid notably absent. The Altima Hybrid officially launched in 2007 and featured Nissan’s first gas-electric engine, thanks to technology licensed from Toyota. It was able to achieve 33 mpg (7.1 L/100 km), which is still a respectable number. However, the Altima was only sold in a handful of states during its tenure and never quite caught on.
Nissan has planned to continue selling the Altima Hybrid inventory while they are still being produced. However, if you were thinking of buying one, you may want to hit the dealership sooner than later!
An all-new Altima is expected for 2013, and if the Ellure Concept is any indication, a hybrid version will return.
[Source: Kicking Tires]