The new Nissan Altima.
The new Nissan Altima.

Nissan Altima arrives to take on Toyota Camry and Mazda6

NISSAN'S new Altima arrives in the Australian market with a focus on gaining a larger slice of the fleet market.

The Nissan Altima replaces the Maxima, which brings the starting price back to $29,990 with the range topper having a retail price of $45,390.

Many may have heard of the Altima name, having raced in the V8 Supercars series this year. But there is no bent eight in the road-going cars.

Only two engine choices are available, including a 2.5-litre four-cylinder and a 3.5-litre V6 both partnered to an automatic continuously variable transmission.

Base model Altimas come with 16-inch alloys, six-speaker CD stereo with USB with USB/iPod and auxiliary ports, Bluetooth phone connectivity, cruise control, dual zone air con, push button start as well as automatic lights and wipers.

ST-L gains larger alloys, sat nav and rear view camera, parking sensors front and back, Bose stereo with embedded apps for internet access and Pandora radio using data from your smartphone, leather trim as well electric seat adjustment.

When you get into the Ti it adds 18-inch alloys, around view monitor, Xenon headlights with auto leveling, power rear shade, and the "Intelligent Technology Suite" with includes blind sport warning, lane departure warning and moving object detection.

"The all-new Nissan Altima is an outstanding next-generation sedan," said Peter Jones, managing director and CEO at Nissan Australia. "With contemporary styling and intelligent technology, this exciting new model offers comfortable but dynamic driving for all Australians."

Nissan Altima.
Details: Four-door front-wheel drive large sedan.
Engines: 2.5-litre four-cylinder generating maximum power of 127kW @ 6000rpm and peak torque of 230Nm @ 4000rpm; Ti-S - 3.5-litre six-cylinder 183kW @ 6400rpm and 312Nm @ 4400rpm.
Transmission: Continuously variable automatic.
Consumption: 7.5 litres/100km (combined average); 9.3L/100km.
CO2: 174g/km; 216g/km.
Bottom line: ST $29,990, ST-L $35,890, Ti $40,190, Ti-S $45,390.