NEW YORK, NY: The 2019 Altima broke new ground today for Nissan at the New York International Auto Show with the world’s first variable compression engine and available AWD.
At the world debut of the sixth-generation Altima, Nissan Canada officials said the decision to offer AWD is response to wishes by buyers in this country.
Nissan also noticed that not having AWD is the reason many buyers are opting for compact crossovers instead of sedans.
At its reveal here today, Nissan Canada said they are still finalizing what trim levels, engines and technology will be in the car when it goes on sale in late fall.
But here is what we know about the American models much of which will probably the same here.
In the U.S., all models with the 2.5-litre engine (188 hp, 180lb/ft of torque) will be available with AWD that uses torque splitting technology to route torque automatically from 100 per cent front to and much as 50:50 front to rear.
This is augmented by brake limited slip differential and Hill Start Assist to better handle driving conditions.
The Variable Compression Turbo in the Altima is a world’s first and it can change combustion ratios for high efficiency or high performance by raising or lowering the reach of each piston.
The variable turbo is one of two engines offered in the U.S.
Unique in its class will be Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility suite of driving and safety technologies featuring ProPilot assist and Safety Shield 360 with Rear Intelligent Emergency Braking.
What ProPilot does is lessen the driver’s workload by easing the effort of steering, braking and accelerating in situations like single-lane roads.
ProPilot, which is a key technology in Nissan’s work towards autonomous driving, does things like keep the Altima centred between the lines on the road or set and keep a safe distance from a car ahead.
The rear emergency braking system works when, backing up at slow speed, an obstacle is detected and it warns the driver with visual and audible alerts.
If the driver’s braking is not sufficient and there is still a risk of a collision, the system issues second visual and audible warnings and applies harder braking immediately before the potential collision.
This rear braking feature helps to create Safety Shield 360 that uses side and rear monitoring and includes Intelligent Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Intelligent Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning (LDW), radar-based Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and High Beam Assist (HBA).
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