Nissan unveiled the redesigned 2016 Altima to the media Tuesday, showing off the mid-cycle refresh of the car’s fifth-generation design. While it’s not a full generation change, the Altima’s restyling is still incredibly important to Nissan -- the Altima is the brand’s best-selling vehicle in America, accounting for a quarter of its sales.
Sales of the Altima, a midsize sedan, have risen steadily for the past five years, and if Nissan wants to remain competitive with other popular imports, strong Altima sales will be key, even as the market continues to shift toward crossovers.
Underneath the reskinned body (which takes some heavy influence from the new Nissan Maxima), the Altima remains largely the same as the model introduced in 2013, with the same engines (a 2.5L four-cylinder and a 3.5L six-cylinder) and CVT.
The 2016 Nissan Altima will hit dealer lots in fall 2016, most likely at the end of October.