Nissan will introduce a new-generation Altima midsize sedan in New York, meeting the challenge thrown down by the redesigned Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. Nissan believes sedans remain a vital product segment, and based on teaser images released before the show, it has redesigned the Altima to stand out from the group.
The car is expected to echo the dramatic look of the Vmotion 2.0 concept that Nissan showed at the 2017 Detroit auto show. That design offered a more pronounced front V-motion grille than other Nissan nameplates have received. It also indicated a roomier interior and a wider vehicle stance.
The Altima has been Nissan's perennial best-selling nameplate until the rise of its Rogue crossover over the past two years. Nissan officials have said repeatedly that they believe there is still opportunity in sedans.
The Subaru Global Platform has been rolled out to the Impreza and Crosstrek, and will underpin the upcoming Ascent. Next will be the Forester crossover, a key element in Subaru's U.S. growth and run of nine years of record sales. Spy photos suggest that the redesigned 2019 Forester could pick up some design elements from the Impreza and Crosstrek, but will likely keep the same general shape and attributes.