2007 Nissan Altima
Just a few bits of news on the new Altima.
-New platform with new suspension
– 3.5 Liter and 2.5 Liter engines
-CVT Standard in all models
No big deal, we’ll know everything in a few days…
Just a few bits of news on the new Altima.
-New platform with new suspension
– 3.5 Liter and 2.5 Liter engines
-CVT Standard in all models
No big deal, we’ll know everything in a few days…
Conversation 39 comments
I’m very excited for you all to see the new Altima. it has been a long arduous task, but we firmly beleive that this vehicle will be setting all new standards for the segment.It will be the best car in the world for the money,Period! we could have introduced it now, but a few patents are being cleared yet. It will be stunning visually and technically. it’s more than the sum of it’s patrs. it will be bolted together tighter than a seiko. if you can imagine 350z performance characteristics and the on- road manners of an m35, than you can imagine that it will be far superior than anything offered. Every possible award will come it’s way, enjoy!
Excuse me, Pele, but who do you think you are? Especially with all of those spelling and punctuation errors….why should we believe that you have anything to do with Porject Altima?
It better be HIGHLY improved, especially in the build quality department, because the current car is quick, decent looking, and crisp handling, but has all the body and interior integrity of a cardboard box. Just a flimsy car, though the ’05+ improvements did really improve on something that started out with what had to be the worst interior and general quality “feel” in the biz.
From the few pics circulating, it does look to have kept the svelte look and the performance is a given, so I hope it does very well and cannibalizes the new Camry which is okay, but still boring as could be.
..well as long as the 350z performance you’re referring to doesn’t include tire/feathering issues a la the infamous ’03 Z…”..and on-road manners of an m35″…so the new Altima will be RWD??! Don’t ge me wrong, I’m a fan of Nissan but build-quality is not what it use to be.
I certainly hope the performance characteristics you’re referring to does not include the infamous tire feather issue of the Z. And to compare on-road manners to a m35 inevitably leads me to ask if the new Altima will be RWD; otherwise I cannot see how a serious comparison can be justified.
the silhouette looks very promising. I hope that is not a big ‘bucktooth’ that I see on the grill.
it has a shape like the last generation lexus gs, i wonder if it will look like it when the camaflouge comes off
This car is NOT RWD (not sure why anyone would even think that, handling comments aside), but will remain a crisp-handling FWD…just like the current car.
I just hope, once this car gets intro’d and on the market a bit, they focus a lot more on bringing the other “sad quality” remaining Nissans up to par–mainly the flimy Armada/QX56/Titan line, with their plastics that are worse than anything in the business, and enough squeaks and rattles to drown out the stereo.
why should we believe that you have anything to do with Porject Altima?
>you have to laugh when someone is dogging someone on there lack of being able to spell correctly and they cant even spell themselves…
if what vince said is true, i’m never buying an altima. i need a manual transmission!
“This car is NOT RWD (not sure why anyone would even think that, handling comments aside), but will remain a crisp-handling FWD…just like the current car”
The current Altima’s handling is anything but crisp.
Well, that’s generally speaking. I’m not a fan of the current car, but it definately is no mush-bag in the handling department. Not a 350Z either, but the new one should be tighter and more responsive, regardless.
“The current Altima’s handling is anything but crisp.”
looks good with the camo… looks like they designed it to acept some big wheels too
listen here you no-life automotive journalist wanna be, very sharp though about pele, I didn’t think any of you idiots would know that other than me. What you don’t know is that the altima will eat everything out there whole. Camry and accord are always too weak and safe. Feather this you dumb cun^.
the only i have against this site or vince yourself; is that you never ever give credits for your sources.
This info was originally posted by Autoweek. It’s great that you bring info from all over into one place but please give credit where its due.
For the Nissan Altima project guy..
Get A Life!
Your not involved in the Altima product in anyway.. Get over your pethatic self. The car will debut in the New York Auto Show, everyone will know what it is. Camry has already set the bar for the segment, I don’t think Altima will be as close you think.
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To: spell correct or shut up
>>you have to laugh when someone is dogging someone on there lack of being able to spell correctly and they cant even spell themselves…
There is a difference between a single typo and not being to form sentences. Shall I point out all the errors for you?
I’m very excited for you all to see the new Altima. It has been a long, arduous task, but we firmly believe that this vehicle will be setting all new standards for the segment.(space)It will be the best car in the world for the money,(space)period! We could have introduced it now, but a few patents are being cleared yet. It will be stunning visually and technically. It’s more than the sum of it’s parts. It will be bolted together tighter than a Seiko. If you can imagine 350z performance characteristics and the on- road manners of an M35, then you can imagine that it will be far superior than anything offered. Every possible award will come it’s way, enjoy!
And there are other errors that I’m leaving purely out of their subjectivity.
Once again, why sould this Pele-want-to-be have any credibility?
There is no excuse…
“the only i have against this site or vince yourself; is that you never ever give credits for your sources.”
I didn’t get the info from Autoweek but from Nissan.That’s where Autoweek got it too.
I din’t understand the 1st few words. It seems you don’t like me.
Without Vince, there is no site. You should keep reading Autoweek.
It seems pretty normal for people involved in the project to be pretty excited. I would be the same.
Let’s see next month for ourselves. Too bad the cars won’t be on the lot until after the summer….
Ignorance is excusable but stupidity is not. FWD vehicles, because of their weight distribution, are inherently bad in terms of handling. To say the current Altima has “crisp” handling is simply absurd. I owned a ’03 SE so I’m speaking from experience.
If Mr. D is indeed involved with the Altima, his comments does not come as a surprise. People from Nissan have a habit of making unrealistic comments before long-anticipated debuts to peak interest. A rather short-sighted approach because, in the long-run, those comments become fuel for resentment. Just look at the current Altima SE-R which is a complete joke. Nissan made claims and comments leading up that long awaited release only to let most down. A 5hp increase with body molding and exhaust does not justify the SE-R badge.
Agree with your SE-R comments..
Here is how you step it up from the regular sedan to a superb..
Take the Mazda6 GT
5 Spd Manual
Turn that into a MazdaSpeed:
2.3L I4 DISI Turbo charged Engine
274HP / 280ft lbs. Torque
6 Speed Manual
0-60 in 5.4sec
and guess what it takes out the SE-R and 350Z which costs $$$ more!
It is rather amusing to hear comments such as “350Z performance characteristics” and “far superior than anything offered”.
To do a quick breakdown, these are the main reasons why the current Altima has sold so well: styling and performance. When the Altima came out, it was a stylish car, that looked almost sporty compared to the conservative but handsome Camry, and the polarizing and somewhat awkward Accord. It offered more performance for the money than the Accord or the Camry.
It’s interior however was thoroughly sub-par, and even though it was improved in 2005, it’s still behind the class leaders in terms of interior.
It’s refinement also left a lot to be desired.
Now, the new Camry looks less conservative, less akward, and has a sleek, almost sporty look to it, or elegant luxurious look, depending on the model trim. It does so without the tacky looking clear taillights of the Altima. The SE is a genuine sport trim model now, with underbody bracing, sport tuned suspension, and a sporty looking exterior. It will likely perform and handle just as well as an Altima SE-R, if not more so. It’s also a lot cheaper than an Altima SE-R. The new Camry also has a nice interior, with lots of luxury options and features, and a cool-looking centre panel that lights up blue at night. More importantly, every Camry now comes with a ton of standard features, something which was lacking on the previous Camry.
With the new Camry having more style, a lot more performance, not to mention more choices that include the hybrid model, the Altima’s main selling points are minimized.
The Camry V6 offers 268HP compared with the Altima V6’s 250HP. Sure the SE-R has 260HP, but most people don’t buy the SE-R because it’s pricey.
Looking at that spyshot, the Altima seems to have similar rims, and an overall profile similar to the current Maxima. The profile is also not too different from the current Altima, so I expect styling to be evolutionary rather than revolutionary.
As I expected, the powerplants for the Altima won’t change, and at most, the engines may get revised for slighty more power. I expect the new Altima’s 3.5L V6 will have less power than the Camry’s 3.5L V6, but the CVT may lend to some decent fuel economy and competitive performance.
Lastly, I’m a bit skeptical that it will have a new platform and new suspension. The current Altima when it came out was on a new platform, and I highly doubt that in 5 years Nissan managed to engineer an all-new platform. New suspension is more likely, and the car will likely be on a tweaked and revised version of the current platform.
To conclude, Nissan will have to offer more than simply style and performance this time to stay competitive in the midsize sedan class, seeing as the new Camry is much improved in both those categories. As well, there will be a new Accord soon.
A Mazdaspeed 6 in factory form is not a 5.4 second car. And at $28,555 it is not “thousands” less than an Altima nor a ‘Z’. The Altima SE-R is $29,650 and a base ‘Z’ is $27,650. Get your facts straight. In addition, the Altima SE 5sp will keep up with the Mazdaspeed 6, if not beat it, and blow away the Mazda 6 and only costs $23,600; so I don’t know what the prior poster meant by saying “it takes out the SE-R and the Z”.
Let’s face it- the only thing Mazda has going for it right now is the ‘3’ and I think they realize that because they are introducing a new ‘Mazaspeed’ 3 to ride on its success.
New Camry less awkward, less conservative?
That may be true…but look at this Camry compared to the previous generation model. The previous model wasn’t bland, it was just plain ugly.
True, the Camry has more power than the Altima, Accord or anything else in this class, but I wouldn’t depend on Nissan to sit back and do nothing about it.
In case you havent heard, Nissan is introducing a new 3.7 liter engine in its cars. Rumor has it that the Infiniti CX, FX and G models will get that new 3.7 liter V6. Thus, many sources believe (and one associate over on Freshalloy.com confirmed) that the Maxima and Altima will get the power outputs of the current G35. Currently the G35 makes 280hp in automatic trim and 298 with the 6spd manual. Expect the Altima to get that 280 and the Maxima to get around 295 from what I am told.
So you ask, what about the G35? Well, its set to debut at NYIAS as well, fully redesigned…so maybe that new 3.7 will show up on the Infiniti?
Wouldn’t surprise me, seeing as Nissan was the car in this segment to start the hp war (amongst the imported models anyway)
As far as materials quality. The NEW Camry is finally upping the standards because the previous model was nothing to write home about. In this class of cars, its always been the VW Passat and the current Honda Accord that got all the awards for interior materials, design and quality….not the Camry…
It is good to see that Toyota has finally step quality up to the Accord/Passat levels and there is no denying that the current Altima, even with its facelifted inteiror is still a bit cheap and low rent compared to the competition.
But who is to say Nissan won’t go all out for this Altima? Because what you fail to mention is that when the current Altima was redesigned, Nissan was on the brink of bankruptcy…and corner had to be cut. Nissan could not afford to do “Bland” so they made the car more stylish and raked out on interior materials because they didn’t have the money.
Now Nissan is one of the most profitable mainstream automakers…if the M35 and 07 Sentra are any indication of what Nissan can do…I’m not worried about the new Altima.
If Nissan could spend so much money facelifting the Quest’s interior, what makes you think they won’t give the Altima a flat out great interior this time around?
Afterall, the difference between this redesign and the last redesign is that Nissan has money now…
Futher, the new Camry SE may have a “Sporty” look to them, but do not expect the SE to be a big seller. I have talked with various sources regarding the new Camry…from Salesmen to employees for Toyota’s Georgetown plant and they have stated that the SE will not be a high selling model. It didn’t sell well in the previous generation either…
Also, as far as the spy pic you see…well the car is covered. Styling will be evolutionary, which shouldn’t be a problem seeing as the Altima is still selling better than EVER, even in its 5th year.
I do agree that the platform will more than likely be heavily revised and not an all-new platform. Nissan is about cutting cost so I don’t see an all-new platform until the next Altima redesign.
The new Camry is more stylish..but its still conservative..espeically in LE and XLE form. Those tiny 16 inch alloys on the XLE are a disgrace even compared to the Accord EXV6’s rims. Even next to the current Altima, the Camry LE and XLE still look bland. The SE is a different story, but it does have a “boyracer” bodykit just like the Mazda6 does…which to me, looks just as tacky as clear taillights do.
Futher it is the Camry XLE that has all the “luxury” options. The SE isn’t available with push start, dual-zone automatic climate control, reclining rear seats or some of the other high-end features of the XLE.
Handling for the Camry SE should be on par with the Accord, expect slightly less from the LE and XLE models because Toyota would never alienate their core market of buyers like that.
Agreeing that Nissan WILL have to have more than style and performance for this generation…taht’s a given..and Nissan definitely knows this.
The same thing can be said about the Mazda6 you keep bring up. Read any reviews on the Mazda6 or the MazdaSpeed6? Basically…fast (the Speed6 is) but low on interior refinement or refinement overall. The Mazda6 is the benchmark for handling in this class..but it lacks refinement and has a cheap interior just like the Altima does…
Also, in case you didn’t know…Nissan will be obtaining hybrid technology from Toyota..and is rumored to have a Coupe verison of the Altima coming out this year as well.
talk about cars not spelling
I think the Camry has improved a lot, but the interior quality still doesn’t match the Passat.
Granted, the Passat is more expensive, and that quality does not translate into reliability, which is real quality for owners.
I am sure Nissan will put a great interior in the Altima. And look at the features in the Versa (bluetooth, remote entry etc…). All these and more will be in the Altima.
The Camry only offers these in the luxury model.
What worries me is the hp race. If we are talking 280hp in a FWD car, they’d better have a much improved chassis and steering.
There is no need for that much power in a mid sized family sedan. That’s what the Altima is.
If you need a sports car, get a Z.
To me, squeezing 280 hp in a family car wuld be like trying to sqeeze 4 seats in a Z…
Especially if it doesn’t really work.
Vince, don’t worry, Nissan would have askrd themselves the same question well before production and matched a chassis that could take it. Nissan is the king of tight chassis. The new Altima will have an all-new underpinned body with a very agile, tight, yet compliant suspension. It feels exactly like an M. By the way, Edson Orantes was right, he does develop these cars!
“Nissan is the king of tight chassis”
Well… I drove a Maxima for a week, and I was surprised about… just the opposite.
The chassis wasn’t tight at all, it made the whole car feel cheap to drive.
That combined with a Nintendo style steering feel didn’t make for an inspiring drive at all.
I must say I was very dissapointed in the car.
Yes and the ’07 will come with an all-new interior as well as much revised underpinnings and steering. We can’t have the new Altima being better than a Maxima now can we! It’s all under control as Nissan gears up to punt Toyota into oblivion!
I thought I wanted a Maxima until I drove it. Vince is right about the Maxima’s good looks but terrible drivablity. The Maxima’s steering feel/feedback(or lack of) is barely acceptable for a car in this class. And at highway speeds the rear end feels unsettled and awkard. Perhaps it’s because most of the weight is up front? Whatever the reason, the Maxima is anything but a 4 wheel sports car. Among the Nissan line (excluding Infiniti), the Altima is the most sporty.
“Ignorance is excusable but stupidity is not. FWD vehicles, because of their weight distribution, are inherently bad in terms of handling. To say the current Altima has “crisp” handling is simply absurd. I owned a ’03 SE so I’m speaking from experience.”
Would that your experience included seeing around the trees to perceive the forest.
“Would that your experience included seeing around the trees to perceive the forest.”…
….would your experience include seeing around the tree to see deez nutz??
Nissan rules …in camber problems and shoddy interiors.
Hey asshole, get in your non descript camry and drive your mother to the grocery store!
Ahhhh, I love when Nissan catches Toyota and Honda sleeping, God bless Nissa!
I’d take handling dynamics over horsepower any day. The Mazda6 was never designed to be a sales leader, so I think that Mazda is quite content to continue operations in its “niche” market for true enthusiasts. Say what you will about the Mazda6, but you’ll have to speak through the 100+ international awards it has been given.
Just here to say that I work at the Nissan plant in Smyrna, TN. We’ve only ran a few trials of the ’07 Altima. Also from my understanding, our plant is the only one that will be producing this car unlike now with Canton, MS currently helping with production. Heard that quality was pretty poor coming out of the Canton plant and that’s why Smyrna will be producing it. Looks wise I think the car will sell. Some of the newer features will include Bluetooth tech. for cell phones, push button start, etc…Will it sell as good as the other Altima? That will remain to be seen, but as for me, if it does, overtime will be my life.
Just a correction on my part where I said Canton, MS wouldn’t be producing this car. That isn’t true. Asked about it at work and they are also running trial units.
The Altima and Mazda are both nice cars. The altima’s interior is slightly nicer and the Mazdaspeed 6 is slightly faster with many stockers hitting high 13 1/4 times.