At this year’s New York Auto Show, 2019 Nissan Altima was revealed to the world. It made its way for the 6 years old predecessor. 2019 Nissan Altima adopts Nissan’s V-Motion design language that draws inspiration from the Vmotion 2.0 concept which was shown at North American International Auto Show two years back. Hence, 2019 Nissan Altima is certainly a significant vehicle in their lineup. However, for Nissan and other automakers market for sedan is dwindling in the United States. It is because many customers are moving towards the crossovers in place of four-door coupe. Nonetheless, Nissan isn’t giving up the D-Segment as of yet.
Denis Le Vot who is company’s North America chairman said in an interview to Automotive News that customers are looking for tech. Earlier, there was less tech in D-Segment, but it is going to change for the better in the 2019 Nissan Altima. Now, they are offering most concentrated technology they have ever had. 2019 Nissan Altima comes with all-wheel drive, and a new variable compression engine thanks to Infiniti. There is also NissanConnect that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with advanced safety systems like ProPilot Assist and Safety Shield 360 with rear automatic braking.
Sales figure for US of Altima has dropped by 16% this year, but Le Vot hopes that it would pick-up again. He reasoned that higher interest rates and rising fuel cost will drive customers towards sedan and move them way from crossovers. Incidentally, sedan accounts for 30% of sales for Nissan in United States. At this point of time, it is difficult to predict if sedans make its way back to the US, but Nissan is pinning their hopes on the new Altima. We will have to wait to see how the sale figure of 2019 Nissan Altima eventually pans out.