2015 Nissan Altima Hybrid is here. Altima once used to be a vehicle which not many people were interested in, but offered great driving mechanich which kept it alive. Now, Altima has matured and is the best sold Nissan’s model and even aspires to become the best-seller in the US market’s mid-size sedan segment.
Only thing Altima lacks is a hybrid model and you can safely expect that Japanese will respond to that issue sooner, rather than later, especially now when their bread and butter car is getting more and more publicity.
The Engine range
For starters, Nissan will most likely use the old faithful 2.5L 4-cylinder engine and an electric motor for a combined system output of 218 hp and 210 lb-ft of torque. CVT transmission will be carried over from rest of the lineup, and Altima hybrid will most likely be offered in three trim levels: S, SV and SL.
Design – Interior and Exterior
Exterior of Altima hybrid will be kept intact in comparison to the conventional models. This means that it’ll be a nicely designed car which could pass for a luxury vehicle with just a little more makeup. It has a sharp trapezoid chrome-bound grille and arrowhead-like headlights up front, while out back it comes with another set of cut-in lights and a chrome garnish between them.
Altima’s interior isn’t that inspiring, but isn’t bad either. Depending on a trim level chosen, you’ll either get fabric cloth seat upholstery or full leather seats. Cabin will also be adorned in accordance and you can even expect some wood accents in highest SL grade. Dashboard is cut by a chrome-bound instrument panel from bow to stern and dividing line stretches to the center stack with storage compartment, shifter, couple of cupholders and an armrest. 5-inch color display monitor will be available from SE trim and will offer standard navigation in highest SL models, which will also get premium Bose 9-speaker system. Special hybrid gauge cluster will be the only real difference between hybrid and conventional models. Unlike previous models which lacked advanced safety features, new Altima has a rearview camera, blind-spot monitors, and lane-departure warning systems which are standard in SL models, and available in others as a part of technology package.
2015 Nissan Altima Hybrid MPG and Price details
Fuel economy ratings will hit 44 mpg in the city mark, while also getting 32 mpg on the highway. These are solid numbers and a clear upgrade over conventional model’s numbers. Hybrid model’s prices will most likely be in the region between $27,000 and $33,000.
2015 Nissan Altima Hybrid will further enrich the lineup of the Japanese manufacturer’s best-selling vehicle. This had to be done in order for it to remain competitive in the market and get even bigger part of the cake. Hybrids will keep the same design, both inside and outside, but will return better fuel economy ratings.