Refreshed 2016 Nissan Altima sedan gets new looks
Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. on Tuesday debuted its redesigned 2016 Altima midsize sedan, a heavily refreshed car it hopes will keep sales growing in the stagnant midsize segment.
The redesigned Altima goes on sale in November, starting at $23,325 including destination. The starting sales price increases by $200 over the 2015 model.
The 2016 sedan has updated styling inside and out. There’s a more premium interior featuring soft touch materials, additional technology, retuned steering and suspension, and new safety features. The car will be available in seven models, plus a new Altima SR sports model for about $1,500 extra.
Nissan says highway fuel economy with its 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine rises by 1 mile per gallon to an estimated 39 mpg, which is expected to be best in the segment.
The Altima represents 26 percent of Nissan’s sales, said Jose Munoz, executive vice president of Nissan and chairman of Nissan North America Inc., speaking at the Automotive Press Association in Detroit.
“The Altima has been Nissan’s bread-and-butter part of the market car for many years,” Munoz said, adding he’s confident the new model will continue the sales momentum for Nissan.
Earlier Tuesday, Nissan CEO and Chairman Carlos Ghosn showed the new Altima as part of media appearances in New York City.
Munoz said Nissan changed four times as much as it normally does on a minor refresh when it redesigned the 2016 Altima. Munoz said it is nearly a full redesign.
Nissan says the Altima has grown sales for five straight years. Through August, Altima sales are up 1.2 percent this year to 238,200 and it is second in the segment behind the Toyota Camry.
The midsize segment represents about 2.5 million sales a year in the U.S.
“This is a great time for consumers to buy sedans. We’re bringing the best design, the best technology, the best value for the consumer in this market in this very competitive segment,” Munoz said.
Brian Moody, Autotrader executive editor, said the Altima’s interior and features put it above many other midsize cars.
“The Altima’s continual ‘near Infiniti’ levels of comfort mean it’s one of the best sedans around at any price,” Moody said. “The addition of the sporty Altima SR will likely result in a car that also has a luxury-sport sedan feel, but at a budget-friendly price point.”