2019 Nissan Altima: Mixing Up the Sedan Formula with a Variable Compression Engine and All-Wheel Drive [Video]

Driving impressions and fuel economy will be available September 28.

The 2019 Nissan Altima packs an available variable compression engine and all-wheel drive.

Nissan claims the 2019 Nissan Altima represents the most Nissan has ever invested in a new platform. To stand the new model out from previous generations, there are some major changes: two entirely new engines and an all-wheel drive system. The 2.0-liter Variable Compression Turbo engine replaces the old 3.5-liter V-6, while a new 2.5-liter engine is also on tap in lesser models.

Nissan’s new 2.0-liter Variable Compression-Turbo engine brings the benefits of actively changing the compression ratio for more power or better fuel economy. In the Altima, this engine makes 248 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. The old V-6 put out 270 horsepower and 251 lb-ft of exhaust. As with the old Altima, it comes mated to a Continously Variable Transmission for the best possible fuel economy. The 2019 Nissan Altima with the 2.0-liter VC-Turbo engine manages 25 City / 34 Highway / 29 Combined mpg, which is 2-3 mpg better than the 2018 model.

Trims and fuel economy

On lower model trims – the S, SV, and SL, buyers get an all-new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. This one comes naturally aspirated, and while its the same displacement, there have been some changes. It makes more power, for a start – 9 more horsepower to be exact. This new 2.5-liter engine puts out 188 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive models get 26 City / 36 Highway / 30 Combined mpg. If you don’t need all-wheel drive, the front-wheel drive models manage 28 City / 39 Highway / 32 Combined mpg.

While we’re on the subject of all-wheel drive, you can only get it with the 2.5-liter engine. The 2.0-liter VC-Turbo models only come with front-wheel drive. However, Nissan has made the Altima stiffer in this new generation. They’ve also reduced body roll, fitted more aggressively bolstered seats and worked on improving noise, vibration and harshness.

More technology: Nissan ProPilot Assist and Safety Shield 360

A new 8-inch infotainment display comes standard on the 2019 Nissan Altima. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are supported. Nissan also fitted a Driver Alertness system to monitor whether the driver is concentrating as much as they should be. Rear Door Alert reminds you to check the back seats after you park the car.

2019 Nissan Altima

Nissan Safety Shield 360 incorporates multiple safety features for the driver. There’s Automatic Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection, High Beam Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring, and Lane Departure Warning. To help you when you’re backing up, Nissan also fits Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Rear Automatic Braking. ProPilot Assist is also available – Nissan’s “hands-on” semi-autonomous driving system.

The 2019 Nissan Altima is available in nine exterior colors and six trim levels. Pricing will be available on September 28, so check back to TFLcar.com for more updates! To find out more about the 2019 Nissan Altima, check out the video above.