Nissan Makes Big Investments in 2019 Altima Production

Nissan Altima

Smyrna Plant History

Nissan’s production plant in Smyrna, Tennessee has been creating the well-known Altima nameplate since it was introduced to the market in 1992, so to Nissan, there was never any other choice for production on the latest generation. The all-new mid-size sedan will roll off of the assembly line in both Smyrna and at Nissan’s plant in Canton, Mississippi, thanks to a large investment the company has made in both factories.

The Investment

Dropping a sum of $170 million, Nissan is making big upgrades to Smyrna and Canton, all with the end goal of producing the new Altima. While we didn’t get the specifics, the upgrades include a new paint shop, calibration equipment to help with the new Nissan ProPILOT Assist system, and a laser brazing system designed to create the Nissan Altima’s trunk.

New Features

The 2019 Nissan Altima will be the first sedan in Nissan’s US lineup to come with the option of AWD. It will also offer the new VC-Turbo engine as one of its engine options and come equipped with the ProPILOT semi-autonomous driver assist technology, which uses advanced cruise control and Steer Assist in tandem to make highway driving simple and safe. 2019 Altima production is expected to begin sometime this fall when the new model becomes available at dealerships across the United States.

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All-New Nissan Altima Global Debut Set for 2018 New York International Auto Show

All-New Nissan Altima Global Debut
New Design. New Technology

Best-Selling Sedan

The Northeast region of the United States has always been considered the most popular market for the Nissan Altima, which is the brand’s best-selling sedan. That’s why the all-new Nissan Altima global debut will occur at the 2018 New York International Auto Show on March 28 before showing up in the Santa Cruz Nissan showroom.

6th Generation of Greatness

The 2019 Altima will offer a redesigned version of the sedan, replacing the fifth-generation model that has been on sale since 2012. We think that we can get an idea of what the Altima will look like based on the Nissan Vmotion 2.0 concept, which was showcased at the Detroit Auto Show in 2017.

V-Motion Grille

It’s likely the Altima will mirror the concept car’s new vertical V-motion grille, though it might stay away from the more futuristic design aspects to still appeal to traditional buyers. It will likely also have more headroom for rear passengers thanks to a slightly more fastback roof profile.

Coming Soon

For power, the Altima will likely keep an inline-four engine for its base engine, though whether or not Nissan will keep its beefy V6 engine is still up in the air. The sixth-generation Altima will go on sale later this year and will hopefully keep up with the current Altima’s top-notch sales, which allowed it to be the thirteenth top-selling vehicles in the United States.

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