Spy photos have just been captured of the prototype version of the Nissan Altima. Black camouflage covered up everything that wasn’t rubber or glass. That’s going to great lengths just to get something covered up. Since Nissan has abandoned the plastic bag look in favor of a sticker approach, we know a lot more about what the slippery design might look like.
There is no more clunky, ugly, industrial look that is going on with the design. It is al different now. There are nice curves and a fastback profile. The lighting elements have an arrowhead look that looks like the 370Z sports car. The new Altima has an upper and lower grille that make a spindle shape that is reminiscent of the 2013 Lexus GS Sedan. However, with the Altima, some of the grillwork is probably going to feature some active aero shutters.
The prototype view also gives us a first look of the dashboard, and it has simple, clean, elegant style, a flat dash pad, and an information pad mounted in the center. It appears that is a rather low or mid-grade level and doesn’t feature a full touchscreen. Navigation will probably be available on the higher-specification models, but it will probably have a barely different center-stack arrangement.
It doesn’t seem like the car will grow that much, but we are expecting a brand new or heavily modified platform to underlie the 2013 model. It should still have a four or six-cylinder engine option set up with direct injection added to both, and there will probably be a choice of manual or CVT transmission mode. Both engines should be available when the car first arrives in dealerships by the end of the year, and a hybrid powertrain engine should follow. It will be a new gas-electric combo that may be supercharged with an electrical CVT and lithium-ion battery pack.
The first look at the car should come out at this year’s New York auto show.