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At a Glance: 2005 Nissan Altima
Originally launched in 2002, the third generation Altima was designed to provide an exciting alternative to the otherwise ordinary mid-size sedan segment. In 2005, Altima bolsters that concept with a dramatic overhaul to the one of the most popular Nissan vehicles. Refinements for the 2005 model year include several styling enhancements, two new exterior colors, a totally revamped interior for a higher quality look and feel and newly available features such as a DVD-based navigation system. Also, Altima's V6 engine has been refined to produce five more horsepower.
The 2005 Altima brings to the segment a blend of performance, style and value that is unmatched. With its distinctive exterior design, choice of powerful 4-cylinder or V6 engines, performance-oriented suspension and fresh interior, Altima injects passion into the driver with a robust performance and offers an escape from the traditional four-door sedan. The new Altima is scheduled to go on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide in mid-February 2004. Highlights of the 2005 Altima include:
New smoked headlamps and taillights
Restyled smooth front fascia with a distinctive raised hood design
New Nissan family grille
Dramatically styled body with dynamic and sporty forms and wheels pushed out to the corners for an aggressive look
All-steel unibody with high torsional rigidity
Two new exterior colors Majestic Blue and Coral Sand
Engine and Driveline
250-horsepower 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 with 249 lb-ft of torque (increases of five horsepower and three lb-ft torque) and dual exhaust on V6 models
Standard 175-horsepower 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder producing 180 lb-ft of torque (CAL/PZEV vehicles have 170 hp and 175 lb-ft torque)
Both engines feature modular cylinder head design, lightweight pistons, continuously variable valve timing, variable induction system
Choice of 5-speed manual, 4-speed electronically controlled automatic or 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmissions
Available Traction Control on V6 automatic transmission models
All 4-cylinder models meet the latest U.S. federal governments emissions standards (FED Tier2 Bin5) and those units sold in California (and other states with California-certified vehicles) meet PZEV standards
Suspension, Steering and Braking
4-wheel independent suspension with extensive use of aluminum components, featuring a rear multi-link suspension design
New wheel design for 2005
16-inch wheels with 215/60R16 tires on 4-cylinder models, 17-inch wheels with 215/55R17 tires on V6 models
4-wheel disc brakes with available 4-wheel ABS, Brake Assist (BA) and Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD)
New instrument panel design, center console, trim finishes, seat materials and headliner
Contemporary, relaxed interior design with three-gauge cockpit instrument pod with chrome accents
Gauges feature a fine vision meter illumination system for better visibility
New chrome door handles
New 3-spoke steering wheel design
Optional Bose® Premium audio system with eight speakers, in-dash 6-disc CD autochanger
Available DVD-based navigation system
Dual-stage supplemental air bags with seat belt sensors, available front-seat side-impact supplemental air bags and roof-mounted side-impact curtain air bags for front and rear occupants
Seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters
LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child seat anchors and tether system
2007 Nissan Altima Takes Expressive Styling, Athletic Performance, Quality and Innovation to New Levels
– Engineers Set "Best Performing Large Front-Wheel Drive Sedan in the World" as Target for the Development of New D-Platform –
Building on previous generation Altima’s reputation as the design and dynamic leader in class, the all-new 2007 Nissan Altima is evolutionary in design, but revolutionary in its platform and hardware. The new Altima also addresses target customers’ desires for a more rewarding driving and ownership experience by offering new levels of quality feel, enhanced comfort and available convenience features.
The 2007 Nissan Altima goes on sale in fall 2006.
"Altima is 100% original and 100% Nissan, rather than a copy of existing mid-size sedan offerings," said Brad Bradshaw, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division. "In creating this next generation Altima, we didn’t take for granted the things it already did well. We refined or enhanced all areas – exterior, interior and under the skin."
Along with its distinctive styling, the fourth generation Altima utilizes the all-new Nissan "D” platform with improved body rigidity and a redesigned suspension with the development objective of making Altima one of the best performing large front-wheel drive sedans available globaly.
The new Altima is available with Nissan’s advanced Xtronic CVT™ (Continuously Variable Transmission) or 6-speed manual transmissions and a choice of the award-winning VQ-series 3.5-liter V6 or powerful 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engines.
The 2007 Altima also offers a long list of convenience features – including available Intelligent Key with Push Start Ignition, Bluetooth™ Hands-Free Phone System, RearView Monitor and an advanced navigation system.
Building On A Strong Base
The previous generation Altima, which was introduced in September 2001, changed the course of mid-size sedans. Launched under the philosophy of "the cure for the common sedan," it veered away from copying the sales leaders in the segment and targeted the estimated 20 percent of sedan buyers seeking more style and performance.
That approach found a receptive audience, with Altima quickly becoming Nissan’s best-selling vehicle (ranked fourth among all cars in 2005 U.S. sales). It was also named "2002 North American Car of the Year."
"We understand that mid-size sedan buyers are looking for more from their vehicles than transportation – they seek a higher sense of self reward, along with a quality feel, enhanced comfort and a wide range of convenience features," said Bradshaw. "The new 2007 Altima builds on these strengths, protecting Altima’s hard-fought standing as the sedan of choice for discerning, enthusiast buyers. And now, as a true competitor rather than just an alternative, we predict Altima will find an even wider audience."
Distinctive, Sporty Styling
The 2007 Altima’s exterior styling is a continuation of Altima’s distinctive, iconic, sporty design.
It offers a "dynamic simplicity" with an aggressive stance, a new Nissan "T-shaped" grille, powerful front fenders, strong wedge character line, forward A-pillars and Nissan family roofline, Altima-style taillights and dual exhaust finishers on all models. High Intensity Discharge (HID) xenon headlights are available on V6-equipped models.
The wheelbase is 0.9-inch shorter (109.3 inches) than the previous model for enhanced maneuverability and the overall length is 2.5 inches shorter (189.8 inches), but the interior retains the same ample roominess. The width is 0.3-inch wider (70.7 inches) and overall height is the same (57.9 inches). Trunk space remains the same as the previous generation Altima.
"The new Altima design looks and feels very open and accessible. Roominess was retained by moving the cowl forward and the rear glass back, while the low beltline allows the use of large side glass," said Bradshaw. "As a result, the smaller body enhances the sense of nimbleness, without compromising comfort, utility or passenger space."
The Altima exterior also offers redesigned 16-inch and 17-inch wheels and 16-inch wheel covers. Nine exterior colors are offered, five of which are new for 2007.
Attention to Quality and Detail
The 2007 Altima interior has an enhanced feel with refined workmanship and expanded use of soft materials (such as padded armrests) and chrome accents. Interior noise levels have been reduced through use of the new rigid platform and increased sound insulation.
"This new Altima feels like a completely different and more expensive vehicle in terms of design, use of quality materials and available amenities – it’s quiet, comfortable and rewarding," said Bradshaw.
The instrument panel features a new Fine Vision gauge display for enhanced readability and the L-shaped flow of the instrument panel to the center console adds to the driver-oriented cockpit feel. The center console includes a new triple front cup holder design (CVT-equipped models), among the many convenient cup and bottle areas (up to nine total, including 20-ounce bottle holders in the door panels) and storage compartments (many of which are covered). The volume of the glove compartment has also increased substantially, doubling in size to 0.46 cubic feet.
Interiors are available in three colors – charcoal, blonde and frost – as well as in both high quality soft-touch suede fabric and leather-appointed seating.
Among the innovative passenger amenities for the class are available Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition, Bose®-developed audio system with 9 speakers, Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone System and dual-zone automatic temperature control.
"Next Generation" Platform and Performance
The all-new Altima’s exhilarating driving pleasure comes from a tuned combination of strong acceleration, responsive handling and dynamic and refined sound – provided by the all-new "D" platform and the enhanced engine designs.
"The 2007 Altima is designed to be very visceral, engaging all the senses including hearing," said Bradshaw. "The performance concept embraces the nimbleness of a smaller car, the ride comfort and security of a larger car and the high levels of driving enjoyment that is built into every Nissan."
The new Altima is the first global application of Nissan’s advanced “D” platform, which offers much improved body rigidity and an all-new front suspension with new geometry and shock absorbers with rebound springs.
The engine mounting position is 30 millimeters lower (with a six-point pendulum-type mounting system in place of the previous four-point system on V6 models) and the half-shafts have equal angles and are more parallel to the ground – virtually eliminating torque steer.
The subframe-mounted front suspension makes extensive use of aluminum parts. A new X-type upper cowl structure helps improve front body rigidity for suspension mounting. The rear multi-link independent suspension design separates the rear shocks and springs for reduced friction and the shocks are in line with the center of the rear wheels, providing better damping and less harshness. Front and rear stabilizer bars are standard.
In addition to 17-inch wheels and tires, the Altima 3.5 SE offers a sport-tuned suspension with larger diameter stabilizer bars and unique spring rates and strut damping.
Two engines are available, a "next generation" version of the 12-time Ward’s “10 Best Engines” award-winning VQ-series V6 and an inline 4-cylinder.
The 3.5-liter 24-valve DOHC V6 is now rated at 265-plus horsepower* and 255 lb-ft of torque and offers stronger acceleration and refined sound quality. The V6 features new twin induction, reduced friction, improved cylinder head cooling and new twin knock sensors.
Also available is a 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder producing 165-plus horsepower and 170-plus lb-ft of torque. The QR25 engine has been refined with a larger intake manifold, increased compression ratio (9.6:1 from 9.5:1) and reduced friction characteristics. It features a silent chain drive and a balancer system (with balancer changed to a center-mounted location for better NVH) that effectively negates vibrations without taking up much space – combining ideal packaging and smoothness.
Both engines feature continuously variable valve timing, modular engine design, microfinished crank journals and cam lobes, molybdenum coated lightweight pistons and electronically controlled throttles.
New dual exhaust system designs reduce exhaust backpressure by 35% on the 4-cylinder and 50% with the V6. Both systems utilize increased tube diameters and include dual chrome-tipped exhaust finishers.
Smooth, Efficient Xtronic CVT
The 2007 Altima is offered with a choice of two transmissions with both the V6 and 4-cylinder engines. A new 6-speed, narrow-gate manual features reduced friction, a new guiding plate, shorter shift stroke, increased torque capacity and closer gear ratios covering a wider range. The advanced Nissan Xtronic CVT replaces the previous conventional automatic transmission.
The Xtronic CVT is designed to create a true synergy between engine and transmission with smooth, responsive, fluid-feeling performance and efficient operation. The CVT units utilized with both engines have been tailored specifically for use with the new Altima. Unit friction has been reduced by 30% for the 4-cylinder CVT and 20% for the V6 design.
The V6 CVT has been enhanced with an all-new "Sport" mode controller with a high-speed central processing unit and Adaptive Shift Controller with adaptive logic for faster shifting in both normal and manual modes. The adaptive logic feature delivers the best shift pattern based on the driving environment and driver’s perceived intentions. It utilizes 700 programmed algorithms to adjust to differing conditions, such as uphill or downhill driving, as well as adapting to three styles of driving – economy, normal and sporty.
"The combination of the new adaptive logic CVT and the refined 3.5-liter V6 gives the new Altima just an exceptionally responsive and fun-to-drive feel – sporty but not harsh, smooth but not rubbery," said Bradshaw. "These two advanced systems – V6 and CVT – were made for each other."
Nissan remains the industry leader in CVTs, with three separate CVT designs currently in production. Nissan began studying CVT technology in 1979 and offered its first production CVT in 1992 and world’s first 3.5-liter V6 CVT application in 2002.
More than just the efficiency advantages of CVT over conventional automatic transmissions, CVTs offers owners, as studies of Murano drivers have shown, real benefits in terms of smooth, responsive, trouble-free performance. CVTs will also be offered in the 2007 Maxima, Sentra and Versa. By 2008, Nissan expects to sell one million CVT-equipped vehicles worldwide annually.
Enhanced Structure, Steering and Braking
The new Altima’s improved body structure includes the expanded use of Ultra High Strength Steel, which is utilized in many locations including side-impact areas. Use of this steel is also allows for a 30% weight reduction in the frontal body structure. Overall, the new Altima is only about 55 pounds heavier than the previous generation.
"Just like the last Altima, the new design combines a strong structure with extensive use of lightweight materials, giving it a nimble yet solid feel," said Bradshaw. "The fact that the 2007 Altima remains about the same weight despite the enhanced rigidity is a testament to the engineering of the new platform."
A new twin-orifice vehicle-speed-sensitive power rack-and-pinion steering system is standard, providing light steering effort at low speeds and a secure feeling at high speeds, along with improved "on center" feel.
Braking for the 2007 Altima is provided by standard 4-wheel disc brakes. Standard on V6 models and optional on 4-cylinder models is a 4-wheel, 4-channel, 4-sensor Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). ABS-equipped Altimas feature Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), which optimizes brake force depending on load condition (passengers and cargo) and Brake Assist, which senses hard or panic pedal application and helps provide maximum braking capacity.
A new variable ratio pivot brake pedal, the first utilized on a Nissan vehicle, provides a more rigid feel at freeway speeds and less sensitive, more controllable operation in city driving.
Altima models equipped with the 4-cylinder engine are equipped with 16-inch wheels (steel wheels with covers on 2.5 and 2.5 S, aluminum-alloy wheels are optional on 2.5 S and standard on 2.5 S with SL Package and 3.5 SL) and 215/60R16 tires. The V6-equipped Altima 3.5 SE comes with 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and 215/55R17 tires.
Safety, Security and Convenience
The new Altima comes equipped with a number of standard safety features, including Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones and Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) (includes dual-stage front supplemental air bags). Also standard are front seat side-impact supplemental air bags for chest protection and roof-mounted curtain side-impact air bags for front and rear outboard occupant head protection.
Other standard equipment includes front seat Active Head Restraints, the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child seat anchors and tether system and Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS).
Added convenience is provided by the available RearView Monitor, which utilizes a small camera to help show the view behind the vehicle when in reverse gear. Other available convenience features include an 8-way power driver’s seat, automatic on/off headlights, leather-wrapped steering wheel, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, power sliding glass sunroof, Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone System, satellite radio with choice of XM® or Sirius™ service, HomeLink® Universal Transceiver, leather-appointed seating, heated front driver and passenger seats, dual-zone automatic temperature control and rear-passenger air conditioning vents.
"The new 2007 Altima is one of the first vehicles in class to offer such a high level of features, such as the available Intelligent Key and RearView Monitor, touch-screen navigation with voice recognition and dual-zone automatic temperature control," said Bradshaw. "With distinctive styling, dynamic performance, high quality roomy interior and great features, the new Altima raises the standard in the segment once again. In a sea of sameness, Altima engages the senses and stirs the soul."
04-20-2006, 12:44 AM
Nope, still don't like those rear lights
12-01-2006, 01:20 PM
All-New 2007 Nissan Altima Hybrid Electric Vehicle Brings New Levels of Performance and Style to the Hybrid Market
– Nissan’s First Entry Into the Hybrid Gas-Electric Vehicle Segment Blends Fuel Efficiency with Altima’s Performance, Quality and Innovation Leadership –
The all-new 2007 Nissan Altima, which goes on sale in November 2006, is designed simply to be one of the best performing large front-wheel drive sedans in the world. This next-generation Altima offers all-new, distinctive styling, a roomy, comfortable, full-feature high-quality interior and an all-new "D" platform. Beginning early in the 2007 calendar year, Altima adds one other dynamic feature – a hybrid gas-electric model, the Altima Hybrid.
The 2007 Altima Hybrid is part of Nissan’s ongoing efforts in the area of environmental protection and vehicle efficiency. The company’s aim is to provide the right technology to the right market at the right time and right value to the customer. In addition to introducing the new Altima Hybrid in 2007, Nissan offers its advanced Xtronic CVT? (Continuously Variable Transmission) in five 2007 vehicles and Flexible Fuel Technology (FFV) in the 2007 Titan pickup and Armada SUV.
Very low emissions were a requirement of the Altima Hybrid from its inception. The Altima Hybrid has been certified to meet California emissions requirements and will be sold in states that have adopted California emissions regulations: California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. These eight states are among the strongest markets for hybrid vehicles.
"When you enter an important new technology segment such as hybrid electric vehicles, you want to lead with your best – and this next-generation 2007 Altima is clearly one of the best all-around vehicles Nissan has ever created,” said Bill Bosley, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. "The Altima Hybrid is an environmentally friendly vehicle that is completely driver-friendly as well."
The Altima Hybrid powertrain mates a refined version of Nissan’s QR25 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and standard electronically controlled CVT with an advanced electric drive motor/generator that increases fuel economy while maintaining low tailpipe emissions. The Altima Hybrid is rated as an Advanced Technology-Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) and emits almost no evaporative emissions.
The advanced energy drive system shares duties between the gasoline-powered 4-cylinder and the emissions-free electric motor – allowing the Altima Hybrid to run solely on electric power if appropriate, especially during stop-and-go driving. If extra performance is needed, the gasoline engine starts instantly and smoothly adds power as required.
The Altima Hybrid is estimated to have a hybrid system net power rating of 198 horsepower (148 kW). EPA fuel economy is estimated at 41 mpg City and 36 mpg Highway. Combined with Altima’s standard 20-gallon fuel tank, the Altima Hybrid has a projected driving range of up to 700 miles between fill-ups.
Cutting-Edge Hybrid Technology
The Altima Hybrid utilizes regenerative braking technology to recharge the hybrid system’s batteries, meaning Altima Hybrid doesn’t have to "plug in" to anything to sustain a sufficient store of electric energy.
In order to power the electric motor, a generator places resistance on the driveshaft during braking. The system converts this friction to usable energy that is stored in the system’s 244.8V Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) battery for eventual use by the electric motor.
The Regenerative Cooperative Brake System calculates braking force generated by brake pedal operation and controls the regenerative brake force to convert kinetic energy into electric energy, optimizing energy regeneration.
The Altima Hybrid utilizes proven technology and components from Toyota Motor Corporation that are mated to Nissan’s refined 2.5-liter engine.
For use in the 2007 Altima, Nissan’s proven QR25 4-cylinder has been refined with a larger intake manifold, increased compression ratio and reduced friction characteristics. It also features continuously variable valve timing, modular engine design, microfinished crank journals and cam lobes, molybdenum-coated lightweight pistons and electronically controlled throttle.
Helping provide smooth acceleration and maximize powertrain efficiency is the Altima Hybrid’s hybrid system-specific eCVT, which works in conjunction with the Hybrid Vehicle-Electric Control Unit (HV-ECU) to determine which power source or combination of power sources will turn the wheels.
The Altima Hybrid’s electric motor produces high torque at low rpm, allowing it to utilize its Electric Vehicle (EV) mode to power the car from a standing idle and through initial acceleration without the assistance of the gasoline engine. While this stage of acceleration is a typical gasoline-only powered vehicle’s least fuel-efficient stage, the Altima Hybrid offers much of its fuel-efficiency benefits here.
The Altima Hybrid’s all-electric mode, called Electric Vehicle (EV) mode, occurs in the initial acceleration phase.
After the electric motor provides initial acceleration, the gasoline engine quietly starts and assumes the load of powering the vehicle. The gasoline engine works independently through cruising speeds until the vehicle reaches speeds at which fuel efficiency declines.
When loads require, the electric motor starts again and aids the gasoline engine in powering the Altima Hybrid. This allows the gasoline engine to remain in its ideal rpm range while the axle rpm simultaneously increases due to the extra power being contributed by the electric motor.
A digital display on the speedometer indicates when the Altima Hybrid is running solely on electric power. The Altima Hybrid’s available DVD navigation system also features a real-time display showing how the hybrid system directs the flow of energy.
"The Altima Hybrid feels remarkably smooth – most drivers will never be aware of the transitions between the electric and gasoline power sources unless they are watching the display panel," said Bosley. "Mostly what they will feel is highly responsive acceleration and the seamless delivery of power under almost all driving conditions."
The Best of Both Worlds
The new Altima Hybrid is the sixth model in the 2007 Altima lineup, joining the Altima 2.5, 2.5 S, 2.5 S with SL Package and two 3.5-liter V6-powered models, the Altima 3.5 SE and 3.5 SL (each available beginning in November 2006). These new 2007 Altimas deliver on customers’ desires for a rewarding, engaging driving and ownership experience.
"Altima has always been a leader in class when it comes to driving excitement and the new platform, suspension and powerful engines enhance the experience even more," said Bosley. "The Altima Hybrid makes no compromises when it comes to all the great Altima attributes – especially performance."
Serving as the foundation for the fourth generation 2007 Altima is Nissan’s all-new "D" platform with improved body rigidity and a redesigned suspension. The new platform includes a subframe-mounted front suspension with new geometry and shock absorbers with rebound springs. The half-shafts now have equal angles and are more parallel to the ground – virtually eliminating traditional front-wheel drive torque steer.
Altima’s new body design is a continuation of its distinctive, iconic, sporty design. The exterior features an aggressive stance, a strong wedge character line and signature Altima-style taillights. Inside, the new Altima utilizes refined workmanship, high-quality materials and a long list of available amenities. The Altima Hybrid shares exterior and interior designs with the other 2007 Altima models – with the exception of unique Hybrid badging and hybrid power/charge display in the driver information display.
The Hybrid model also shares Altima’s extensive list of standard safety features, including dual-stage front air bags, front seat side-impact supplemental air bags for chest protection, roof-mounted curtain side-impact air bags for front and rear outboard occupant head protection and front seat Active Head Restraints.
One Well-Equipped Model
The new Altima Hybrid is offered in one model, the Altima Hybrid, and with several optional equipment packages.
Standard equipment includes the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and hybrid electric components, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Traction Control System (TCS), eCVT transmission, 4-wheel power-assisted disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), electric power rack-and-pinion steering, 4-wheel independent suspension and 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Comfort and convenience features include standard Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition and a dual-zone automatic temperature control that includes an Altima Hybrid-specific electrically powered A/C that continues to provide cooling when the gasoline engine is stopped.
The Altima Hybrid also joins other Altima models with an impressive list of available convenience features, including leather-appointed seating, Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone System, RearView Monitor, satellite radio and Nissan’s Advanced Navigation System with real-time Energy Flow Display.
The new Altima will be assembled at the Nissan North America Manufacturing Smyrna, Tennessee plant.
"The Altima Hybrid is another example of Nissan’s ongoing philosophy that passion for driving and passion for the environment are not mutually exclusive," said Bosley. "Whether it involves our wide application of efficient CVTs, our expanded availability of flexible fuel vehicles, or our ongoing research and development of fuel cell vehicles, Nissan believes that the more transparent "green technology" is, the more drivers will embrace it.
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12-01-2006, 01:26 PM
At a Glance: 2007 Nissan Altima Hybrid
The all-new 2007 Nissan Altima Hybrid offers all the style, convenience, comfort, quality feel and performance technology features and highlights of the next-generation 2007 Altima ¬ while offering the added benefits of improved fuel economy and reduced emissions.
The Altima Hybrid, Nissan’s first production gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle, blends an advanced electric motor/generator, Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) battery and hybrid management system with Nissan’s powerful 2.5-liter 4-cylinder QR25DE engine. The mating of the two produces a hybrid system net power of 198 horsepower (148 kW) and results in low emissions and enhanced fuel economy of 41 mpg City/36 mpg Highway (estimated) – without compromising Altima’s responsive acceleration and performance.
Rated as an Advanced Technology-Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV), it meets California emissions requirements and will be sold in states that have adopted California emissions regulations: California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Like all 2007 Altima models, the Altima Hybrid is build on the all-new Nissan “D” platform, which is designed to help make Altima one of the best performing large front-wheel drive sedans in the world. The Altima Hybrid also offers all-new distinctive styling and a roomy, comfortable, full-feature, high-quality interior.
Altima Hybrid will reach dealerships in early 2007, following the November 2006 introduction of the 2007 Altima 2.5-liter 4-cylinder and 3.5-liter V6 gasoline-powered models.
Highlights of the 2007 Nissan Altima Hybrid include:
Engine, Motor and Driveline
* The same 2.5-liter 4-cylinder QR25DE engine found on Altima, producing 158 horsepower @ 5,200-6,000 rpm and 162 lb-ft of torque @ 2,800-4,800 rpm
* Standard dual exhaust
* Permanent magnet AC synchronous motor (650V maximum) rated at 40 horsepower (assisted power) and 199 lb-ft of torque @ 0-1,500 rpm
* Sealed Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) battery rated at 244.8V and producing 40 horsepower (prelim. figure)
* Hybrid-specific electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (eCVT) designed to maximize fuel efficiency
* All-new design featuring a continuation of Altima’s distinctive, sporty design
* Aggressive stance, Nissan “T-shaped” grille, forward A-pillar, iconic Altima-style taillights, reduced wheel opening gaps
Suspension, Steering and Braking
* All-new "D" platform featuring much improved body rigidity, reduced NVH
* New front suspension design with new geometry, half shafts now equal angle and more parallel to the ground – virtually eliminating torque steer
* Improved rear suspension design, inspired by the Nissan 350Z, with an emphasis on nimbleness and good ride comfort
* Secure feel, flatter cornering and enhanced comfort now easier to appreciate performance in everyday driving
* Shock absorbers with rebound springs for secure cornering feel
* New power-assisted vehicle-speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion steering system provides light effort at low speeds, secure feeling at high speeds
* Power-assisted front vented disc/solid rear disc with available Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD)
* Standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS)
* 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with P215/60R16 tires
* Regenerative Cooperative braking that allows Altima Hybrid to produce its own electric energy for storage in its battery, so that it never needs external recharging or "plugging in"
* Enhanced interior feel with refined workmanship, expanded use of soft materials (such as padded armrests) and chrome accents
* Roomy yet sporty interior space with innovative amenities, including new Fine Vision Gauge display instrument panel, standard Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition, convenient covered storage compartments and seven cup or bottle holders
* Available Bose®-developed audio system with 9 speakers, Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone System, Nissan Navigation System, satellite radio, RearView™ Monitor
* Standard dual-zone automatic temperature control
* Comfortable, highly bolstered seats with available 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
* Standard Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage air bags and seat belt sensors, standard front-seat side-impact supplemental air bags and standard side-impact curtain supplemental air bags
* Zone Body construction
* Front seat Active Head Restraints
* Front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters
* LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child seat anchors and tether system
Models and Manufacturing
* Available in one well-equipped model: Altima Hybrid
* Three available equipment packages: Convenience, Connection and Technology
* Assembled by Nissan North America Manufacturing Smyrna, Tennessee Plant
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