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2016 Nissan Altima Refreshed; Offers Sporty SR Trim Level, Improved MPG

2016 Nissan Altima Refreshed; Offers Sporty SR Trim Level, Improved MPG

By Philly Murtha, September 22, 2015

Nissan’s best-selling model, the Altima, has been refreshed for 2016 with bold cues from the brand’s redesigned flagship Maxima. The slightly more fuel-efficient 2016 Altima, which is available in a new SR sport trim level, will reach U.S. dealer showrooms in November.

The refresh features what Nissan calls "Energetic Flow" exterior styling and "Gliding Wing" interior layout. All fascia, bumper, fenders, hood, and reshaped lights are new and similar to those found on the Murano and Maxima. A wide, sculpted lower bumper, integrated fog lights (available on SR, SV, and SL trim levels) and chrome-trimmed grille are major focuses.

The 2016 Altima’s rear styling is marked by a new sculpted bumper; new trunk lid; and lower, wider boomerang-shaped combination lights that help provide a more expressive back end appearance, Nissan says. The redesigned exterior allows for more aerodynamic performance, while active grille shutters, new front and rear fascias, and a new windshield design improve the car’s fuel efficiency to average 39 mpg vs. 38 mpg in highway driving, according to Nissan.

For 2016, Nissan adds Deep Blue Pearl to the color palette; it joins Java Metallic, Brilliant Silver, Gun Metallic, Super Black, Cayenne Red, Pearl White, Glacier White, and Storm Blue. New 17- and 18-in. aluminum-alloy wheel designs also are available.

On the inside, Nissan features a revised dashboard with 5.0-in. and optional 7.0-in. displays for its NissanConnect with Mobile Apps and optional NissanConnect Navigation with Mobile Apps infotainment systems. Also, the car’s front seats have been redone with an open weave upholstery pattern to provide a premium look, and two cupholders on the center console now accommodate mug handles in response to customer input.

Nissan also has expanded optional safety technologies for 2016 to include: Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW), Forward Emergency Braking (FEB), Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) systems.

For 2016, Nissan introduces a sporty SR trim level to join the S and higher grade SV and SL trim levels. The SR includes a charcoal interior with blue sport accents on the steering wheel, door panels, and seats. A leather-wrapped steering wheel and paddle shifters, plus smoked headlights, a rear spoiler, and 18-in. alloy wheels give the SR an even sportier appearance. The 2016 Altima SR is offered with a standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 182 horsepower and 180 lb.-ft. torque, or a 3.5-liter V-6 that generates 270 horsepower and 251 lb.-ft. torque. Both are mated with Nissan’s 7-step continuously variable transmission, or CVT.

"The new Altima SR is a real sporting vehicle, not just a marketing package," said Jose Muñoz, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. executive vice president and North America chairman. Muñoz added, "We’ve positioned it just above the Altima 2.5 S model, so it remains attainable to most Altima buyers.”

The base 2016 Nissan Altima has a starting MSRP of $22,500, minus destination charge.

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