The new Altima Coupe, unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show, will join the sedan model – Nissan’s most successfull car in the United States – which went on sale in its latest evolution on November 2006.
The Coupe will be sold starting from summer 2007. A hybrid version of the sedan will be available on January 2007.
The Altima Coupe features a unique exterior design, with all major exterior body panels (except hood) different from the Sedan version; in particular the shorter wheelbase and shorter overall length give the Coupe well-proportioned and sporty look.
The front end has a different grille and headlights design and the rear eand features unique combination lamps.
The Altima Coupe will be available with a choice of 3.5-liter V6 or 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engines, each offered with either a 6-speed manual transmission or Nissan’s Xtronic CVT™ (Continuously Variable Transmission).
It will be assembled at the Nissan North America Manufacturing Smyrna and Decherd, Tennessee plants.
From the official Press Release:
The smaller size and lighter overall weight also contribute to the Coupe’s sportier driving feel – other desired attributes of the typically younger, more performance-oriented coupe buyers.
“Rather than just eliminating two doors from the Altima Sedan, we gave the Altima Coupe its own style, its own dimensions and its own interpretation of Nissan’s exhilarating driving pleasure,” said Bill Bosley, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division.
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Dimensionally, the Altima Coupe rides on a 105.3-inch wheelbase, a full 4.0 inches shorter than the Sedan. Overall length is 182.5 inches – 7.1 inches less than the Sedan.
The Coupe also has a lower profile – at 55.3 inches it is 2.5 inches shorter than the Sedan. In terms of major body panels, the two cars share only a common hood, with all other panels, grille, headlights and rear combination lights unique to the Altima Coupe.
The Altima Coupe’s shares the platform, powertrain and innovations of the new fourth-generation Altima. New suspension geometry, shock absorbers with rebound springs, engine placement that is lower in the subframe and equal-length half-shafts that have equal angles and are more parallel to the ground all help to virtually eliminate torque steer.
The rear multi-link independent suspension design separates the rear shocks and springs for reduced friction and the shocks are in line with the center of the rear wheels, providing better damping and less harshness. Front and rear stabilizer bars are standard. The Altima suspension has been specially tuned for use with the Altima Coupe.
The new Altima Coupe is offered with a choice of two engines and two transmissions. The 3.5-liter 24-valve DOHC V6 delivers 270 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque; the 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve QR25 inline 4-cylinder produces 175 horsepower (170 hp CAL) and 180 lb-ft of torque (175 lb-ft CAL).
Both engines feature continuously variable valve timing, modular design, microfinished crank journals and cam lobes, molybdenum coated lightweight pistons and electronically controlled throttles. They can be coupled with Nissan’s Xtronic CVT™ (Continuously Variable Transmission) or 6-speed manual transmissions.
Standard safety features include Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones and Advanced Air Bag System (AABS), which includes dual-stage front supplemental air bags, front seat side-impact supplemental air bags for chest protection, roof-mounted curtain side-impact air bags, front seat Active Head Restraints, the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child seat anchors and tether system and Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS).
The 4-sensor Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) is equipped with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD).
Altima Coupe models with the 4-cylinder engine are equipped with 16-inch wheels and tires, while V6-equipped Altima Coupes come with unique-design 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and 215/55R17 tires.
Ssharing much of the design and features with the new Altima Sedan, the Coupe includes unique sport-style front seats with more side support, in-board release lever and front kangaroo pouches. All Altima Coupes also utilize a parking brake hand lever (versus foot release for Altima Sedans with CVT).
The instrument panel features a Fine Vision gauge display for enhanced readability and the L-shaped flow of the instrument panel to the center console adds to the driver-oriented cockpit feel.
The list of equipment includes standard Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition and available Bose®-developed audio system with nine speakers, Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone System, satellite radio and dual-zone automatic temperature control.