The Nissan Altima is now on sale in Australia, arriving in showrooms nine months after making its debut on the streets of Adelaide in the opening round of the 2013 V8 Supercars championship.

There’s no V8 in the production car, though Nissan Australia hopes its new medium sedan will sell on value rather than supercar-style performance.

The Nissan Altima starts at $29,990 in ST specification – undercutting the top-selling Toyota Camry by $500 and the class-leading Mazda 6 by $3470, as well as its predecessor, the Nissan Maxima, by $4200.

Despite measuring 35mm longer than the Maxima large car (4885mm from nose to tail), Nissan Australia insists the Altima is a medium car – desperately seeking to distance its new nameplate from the declining segment occupied by the Holden Commodore, Ford Falcon and Toyota Aurion.

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Unlike the Maxima, the Nissan Altima ST, ST-L and Ti grades come standard with a four-cylinder petrol engine. The 2.5-litre unit produces 127kW of power at 6000rpm and 230Nm of torque at 4000rpm, and claims a combined cycle fuel consumption figure of 7.5 litres per 100km.

The 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine in the flagship Altima Ti-S produces a meatier 183kW at 6400rpm and 312Nm at 4400rpm, bettering the old 2.5-litre V6 by 49kW/84Nm and using 0.2L/100km less fuel at a claimed 9.3L/100km.

Both engines are paired with an automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT), which features Eco and Driver Sport modes in the four-cylinder models and an additional Manual mode with steering wheel-mounted paddleshifters in the V6.

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The entry-level Nissan Altima ST comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels (with a full-size steel spare), auto headlights, keyless entry and push-button start, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, rear-seat centre armrest, five-inch central display screen, and a six-speaker audio system with AUX/USB inputs and Bluetooth phone connectivity (but no audio streaming).

For $5900, the Nissan Altima ST-L adds larger 17-inch alloys with a full-size alloy spare, fog lights, rain-sensing wipers, front and rear parking sensors, eight-way driver and four-way passenger power-adjustable seats, leather upholstery including wrapped steering wheel, seven-inch display with satellite navigation and rear-view camera, and a nine-speaker Bose premium audio system with NissanConnect smartphone integration and Bluetooth audio streaming.

The Nissan Altima Ti costs another $4300 and adds 18-inch alloys (17-inch alloy spare), auto-levelling xenon headlights, rear privacy glass, driver’s seat and side mirror memory settings, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, 360-degree around view monitor camera system, and Nissan’s Intelligent Technology Suite comprising blind spot warning, lane departure warning and moving object detection.

A further $5200 affords the Nissan Altima Ti-S, which adds the V6 engine but is otherwise identically equipped to the Ti.

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All Altima grades feature 60:40 split folding rear seats and a 488-litre boot, which trails the Camry by 27L and the Maxima by 18L, but beats the Mazda 6 by 50L.

Electronic stability control and six airbags (dual front, side and curtains) headline the Altima’s standard safety package.

CarAdvice is at the Australian launch of the new Nissan Altima in Phillip Island, Victoria. Stay tuned for our review, coming soon.

Read CarAdvice’s US-spec Nissan Altima Review.

 

Nissan Altima manufacturer’s list prices:

  • Altima ST – $29,990
  • Altima ST-L – $35,890
  • Altima Ti – $40,190
  • Altima Ti-S – $45,390



  • gfys

    I genuinely struggle to see the difference between this and the Infinity M sedan

    • Smart US

      that would be a good thing given the 1/2 price mark

    • john

      front drive vs rear drive – completely different cars.. maybe you should stick to other forums

  • Neil_Way

    Huge jump from the Ti to the Ti-S specification, surely a barrier to many purchasing the V6 engine. ST is probably the only value bet though.

  • F1orce

    Why is their V6 so underpowered?

    • Agree

      The 4cyl puts out less power than a Camry. This is bigger and I guess heavier than a Camry too.

      This isn’t much shorter than a Commodore.

      I completely agree with the power out puts.

      • Nick

        The base model Camry only puts out an extra 6kW at the same revs, and 1Nm more at 100rpm higher than the Nissan. Considering the base model Altima also has a GVM 140kg lighter than the Camry hardly makes it underpowered.

    • Karl Sass

      I suspect that the 4 banger is direct injection but the 6 isn’t?

    • Zaccy16

      its not power thats the problem but a lack of torque, 312 nm is pathetic from a 3.5 litre V6! thats why this engine really struggles in say the new pathfinder

      • georgey

        Drove the pathfinder on the weekend and I would suggest neither struggle, in fact it accelerates better than the kluger and the territory diesel , perhaps you should take the time to drive some of these cars you love to comment on..

  • Nathan

    The outputs of those engines are embarrassing for their displacement.

    • Dudeface

      Agreed – their 3.5L V6 barely outputs more than the 3L H6 in my wife’s 8 year old Suby Liberty!

    • Rick

      That much power through the front wheels of a 1.5 tonne plus car (I’m assuming weight) will be hard enough to live with

    • Zaccy16

      i agree, the mazda is way ahead, its 2.5 uses about a litre less fuel, but has 11 KW more, and 20 NM of torque more, it also offers a proper smooth 6 speed skyactiv drive torque converter auto not a horrible CVT

  • A.A

    It’s a little underpowered, personally i prefer the tail lights the US get. They have priced it nicely though, will be interesting to see how it sells..

  • 42 = The Answer

    That steering wheel still looks god awful

  • Smart US

    wrong – Maxima j32 had two v6 engine choices 2.5 and 3.5

  • BSMonitor

    You can buy an Australian made Camry for $26,990 da . How do they expect to sell these ?

    • MisterZed

      Camry Altise doesn’t have push button start, dual zone climate control, or 5″ display screen.

      • Robbo

        And they’re not selling well either. Needing 0% finance to try and keep buyers interested. OK it’s a Camry and boring at that, but it’s not horrible. The market just prefers SUV’s, dual cab utes and midsized hatches & sedans (remember when Camry was a proper midsize?). Good luck Nissan getting these out. Maxima with a new name really.

        • MisterZed

          Also, the base model Camry has no chrome at all, whereas the Altima has a chrome grille, door handles, window surrounds and boot lid. Now too much chrome can be a bad thing, but no chrome at all gives the base Camry a very cheap look.

          • Dieseltorque

            Chrome? From the seventies right.

          • MisterZed

            Chrome is timeless. You think they’re ever going to make a Mercedes S-Class or Rolls-Royce without any?

        • Lucky

          exactly. Toyota have to give away the Camrys they pump out of the sausage factory because no one wants them.. boring bland and well suited to anyone in a lab coat.. like most toyotas really.

          The maxima was a good car it just looked ugly on the outside, this is much more appealing, hope it goes well for them.

          • doc gee

            “boring bland and well suited to anyone in a lab coat”? I want to be offended. But,…you’re right. I wear a lab coat,and drove Camrys throughout undergrad and med sch. Carry on.

  • Exar Kun

    Looks marginally better than the Maxima but that’s about all I can say about it.

  • Tony Abbotts No1 Fan

    I wouldnt buy this because I couldnt stand to be associated by brand choice with the whingeing Kelly brothers.

  • MarksmanR

    From those power outputs it seems like these are old multi-point fuel injection engines, still not new direct-injection.

  • Rocket

    The Altima is bigger than a Maxima but is classed medium instead of large. Talk about marketing BS….. It is a large FWD sedan whether Nissan it or not. The new Pulsar is massive compared to the old Pulsar but is still called small? Classifications need a review in my opinion.

    • itsme

      The pulsar actually has a bigger boot than a commondore can you belive

      • Rocket

        And much more boring ….

    • matt

      its kinda our market, the US maxima is bigger again and considered large, like the Taurus, impala and Avalon, you can see how big “large cars” are now with the lexus ES, based on the Avalon. If falcon was exported to the US it would be considered medium. Commodore is also not quite large car class over there either. Our classification’s need review yes but it would only confirm that this IS the modern day medium car, with no real large cars offered at all.

      • Rocket

        The 300 and the Caprice must at least be classed as large cars here. Anyhow the buyer will decide if a car is too large or small for their needs despite what someone else says what it should be classed as.

    • Fairlane

      BS for sure
      So if Falcon eco boost 4cyl was called a different name (maybe Kestrel)and not a Falcon would it be classed as a meduim car?????
      This whole medium car classification is a joke.

      • Golfschwein

        A Ford Chook would be uniquely Australian.

        • Fairlane

          But would it be a Size 26 chook or a size 18????

  • Zaccy16

    Ugly, a stretched pulsar isn’t a pretty sight, its gets worse as you go down the page, CVT transmission, dated, cheap interior, torqueless engines etc.. mazda 6 beats this easily

    • Dieseltorque

      Zaccy loves his Mazda’s! True though CVT’s are awful things. What is wrong with a 6-8 speed auto. If ZF can build excellent autos why can’t the Japanese instead of relying on slurring whining rubbish.

      • Rocket

        Hondas new dual clutch transmission sounds very good as long as it is reliable which it should be as they are not rushing it into the market.

      • lucky

        I think Zaccy is trying to justify why he spent so much and got so little with his mazda6… buyers remorse? do you just feel like another mazda number on the road zaccy?

  • Robbo

    I find it interesting when a brand has to load up their models with features to say “consider us!”. Good for the buyer if they want one, yet there are vehicles on the market with basic features (in today’s standard, like bluetooth for example) that sell just fine. Always a sign of how the marketing team has convinced the product team to make a statement now or explain to dealers why their floorstock is aged and earning interest.

    Lets see if V8Supercars have ANY impact on these at all (place your bets please). “Hi Mr Salesman I’d like a CVT gearbox, 4cyl, luxury sedan – just like the race car I saw at Bathurst!!” :-)

  • asdfghjkl

    Nissan service is day light robbery.