Archive for May, 2018
The latest in Nissan’s quest to change the game and goal of its most popular models continues with the announcement of the 2019 Nissan Altima and its list of features. With an AWD option, new turbo-four engine, and driver assistance technology (among other updates), next year’s Altima will be one of very few crossover vehicles on the market available in its midsize family sedans. The 2019 edition is expected to offer optional four-corner traction for the first time in Nissan’s history. The AWD option is set to be available in each of the Altima’s five trims, which include the S, SR, SV, SL, and Platinum.
Altima’s makeover will see the model sporting a longer, lower, and wider style with a 1.9-inch longer wheelbase. Its grille will be shaped in a posh “V”-mouth with black-accented C-pillars. The vehicle’s interior features a lower cowl which provides more space in the cabin in addition to a standard 7.0-inch screen in the instrument cluster. Other standard features include an 8.0-inch center-dash screen fully equipped with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Siri Eyes Free, and Google Assistant voice recognition.
The Altima’s facelift is not the only thing receiving an update. A new engine lineup and a reworked suspension system are just a few of the many additions drivers will find when the Altima is released, which is expected to be in the late fall of 2018. Nissan plans to replace their current 3.5-liter V-6 with the Altima’s upgrade engine, which will be an all-new 2.0-liter turbo four that makes 248 hp and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. Though this means less horsepower compared to the V-6, the update compensates with a 22 lb.-ft. increase of grunt.
The model’s base engine is compatible in all of the model’s trims with all-wheel drive. Although it will remain a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated I-4, the engine will be updated with 80 percent of its parts either new or completely redesigned. Because of that, horsepower will reach 188 compared to the outgoing Altima’s 179. The torque will also be adjusted by 3 lb.-ft. to 180. The horsepower will be managed exclusively by Nissan’s “Xtronic” CVT automatic, a rough-and-tough transmission that also packs the power.
At the time the 2019 model was announced, Nissan said the Altima would include the first model-specific application of monotube rear shocks, added suspension reinforcements to improve vehicle response and suspension geometry adjustments to improve steering feedback. The Altima will also introduce safety-focused technology not unlike that included in Nissan’s 2018 Rogue. According to Nissan, the ProPilot Assist feature will alleviate the driver’s workload by decreasing the amount of driver acceleration, steering and braking input under specific driving conditions including single-lane highway driving. Nissan was quick to note that although ProPilot is a step in the right direction for future autonomous vehicles, it is and should not be treated as a self-driving feature.
Nissan said they will begin taking reservations for the whole 2019 Altima lineup starting June 15. The model hits the mainstream market this fall at dealerships nationwide including Palm Springs Nissan, the best Nissan dealer near Palm Springs. Drivers who register for an Edition One will be able to select one of the following gifts: a Series 3 Apple Watch, an Amazon Echo Show with an Amazon Prime membership, or a Bose Soundlink Revolve+ with an Amazon Echo Dot and Amazon Prime membership. For regular pre-ordered Altimas, consumers’ options include an Amazon Echo Spot, a Bose Soundlink Revolve with an Amazon Echo Dot, or a pair of wireless Apple AirPod headphones. Eager consumers should make an appointment at Palm Springs Nissan to learn more about bringing the 2019 Nissan Altima — or any vehicle on sale in their inventory .
Call it Christmas in May. Nissan has taken what was already efficient about the Rogue Sport and updated its features to ensure a sleeker, safer driving experience. This is a rare half-model-year update not just for Nissan but the industry as a whole, because the Rogue Sport’s updates are hardly minor adjustments.
Added Features to the Rogue Sport
Announced back in April, the 2018.5 Nissan Rogue Sport adds standard safety systems to the original model along with a variety of nifty safety features and accessories. These additions justified the half-model-year update as well as the slight price escalation. A base Nissan Rogue Sport S with front-wheel drive now goes for $22,110. This is a $470 increase but will likely make up for the additional cost of the new safety technology included.
The new safety kits for every Rogue Sport model includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic emergency braking. Adaptive cruise control standard is available as an option for both the top SL trim and the mid-tier SV trim. LED running lights, satellite radio, and a backup camera are all included in the standard model equipment. For an additional $1,350, all-wheel drive is available on every trim. All of the Rogue Sport’s prices include a $975 destination charge.
Nissan has also added some physical adjustments to the mid-year Rogue Sport model updates. The Rogue Sport SV adds keyless access, 17-inch alloy wheels, and automatic climate control all for $23,740. The top-tier Rogue Sport SL ups the sophistication amp with comfortable heated front leather seats, a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, and remote engine start. It also comes with lane departure warning and lane keep assist, both features also available in the SV trim in the SV Technology Package.
Nissan’s automatic emergency braking system uses radar technology to monitor the vehicle’s surround area for potential crashes. If the car senses a potential collision, it alerts the driver with audio and visual warnings. Should the driver not respond immediately, the system automatically apples the vehicle’s brakes.
The engine of every trim remains the same with a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated I4 that puts out 141 horsepower and 147 pound-feet of torque. In terms of transmission, the only option available is a CVT which comes with an Eco mode switch. When it comes to rating, FWD Rogue Sports are rated at 25 mpg city and 32 mpg highway. AWD (all-wheel-drive), by contrast, lowers those numbers to 24 and 30.
Though the Rogue Sport is unique in its rare yet welcome mid-year updates, the model is actually in good company in offering standard automatic emergency braking. The Altima, Leaf, Maxima, Murano, Pathfinder, Rogue, and Sentra all offer this safety element, though Nissan decided last year to introduce the active safety tech to more of its inventory. Other automakers agreed to standardize such technology by the 2022 model year.
Find Your Nissan Rogue Sport at Palm Springs Nissan
The 2018.5 Nissan Rogue Sport and other dependable Nissan models for sale can be found at Palm Springs Nissan, the best Nissan dealer near Palm Springs, off Kyle Road in Cathedral City. Their knowledgeable staff is available for all Nissan needs — from oil changes to major engine work — any day of the week in person or over the phone at 760-328-2800.