Nissan's midsize competitor has just received what the company calls a 'major facelift'. Billed as a 2016 model, the refreshed Altima sports a heavily revised exterior along with a slightly tweaked interior that will provide the sedan a 'fresh new appearance' according to Nissan.
Starting with the front, Nissan claimed that all the body panels of the bumper, fenders, hood and lights are all new. The chrome grille now sports the brand's signature V-Motion design while the headlights now feature a boomerang-shaped finish which resembles the headlights used on other Nissan models like the Juke and 370Z. Other front fascia updates include a sculpted bumper and new foglights.
The side has no apparent changes but new 17- and 18-inch wheels are now available.
The rear also gets a redesign which consists of new boomerang-shaped taillights, trunk-mounted spoiler, diffuser-integrated bumper and a reshaped trunk design.
Aside from providing a fresh look to the Altima, the updated exterior allowed the 2016 Altima to reduce aerodynamic drag and is now rated at 0.26 Cd as opposed to 0.29 Cd. Also helping the car's improved aerodynamics is the use of an active grille shutter, underfloor aero add-ons and the new front/rear windshield designs.
The interior largely carries over from the pre-facelift version apart from the 'Zero Gravity' seats which have been reshaped and feature a new woven cloth material. Door panel materials have been revised as well and have a more open weave pattern. In addition, the front cup holders can now accomodate mug handles.
The 2.5-liter QR25DE inline-four and the larger 3.5-liter VQ35DE V6 have been carried over and still produce 180 PS with 243 Nm and 270 PS with 340 Nm respectively. Both are mated to the Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) that drives the front wheels.
Philippine-spec Nissan Altimas are manufactured and sourced from the United States.