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What’s New for the 2019 Nissan Altima?

The 2019 Nissan Altima is arriving with new technologies, upgraded performance, and enhanced safety. A complete redesign creates what’s practically a new model for this midsize sedan.

“Our goal with the all-new Altima is to re-energize the sedan segment — in terms of design, driving feel and in making advanced technologies available and affordable for everyone,” said Jose Munoz, Nissan’s Chief Performance Officer.

The all-new Altima arrives with the world’s first production Variable Compression Turbo engine. It delivers a thrilling 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile, a base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine offers an improved 188 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque.

While many midsize sedans are sticking to a front-wheel drivetrain, the 2019 Altima is changing the formula. It’s available with the segment’s first Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system.

Nissan has been making more and more advanced safety systems standard over the past few years, and the 2019 Altima is no exception. The new model includes driver-assist features like ProPILOT Assist, which provides drivers with autonomous driving systems designed to make hitting the road more relaxing.

“ProPILOT Assist has the ability to track curving lanes, helping the driver stay centered in the lane as well as adjusting for various traffic flow conditions,” said Takeshi Yamaguchi, senior vice president of Nissan Research and Development.

We’re excited to welcome the 2019 Nissan Altima to Cronic Nissan. Stop in sometime and take a look — or take one out for a test drive.

2019 Nissan Altima (2018 Model Year Pictured)

Finding Inspiration in Unorthodox Ways: Bunz the Nissan Rabbit

The new Nissan Altima was inspired — at least partly — by Bunz the Nissan rabbit.

You read that correctly. The Nissan design team has years of experience, some of the latest equipment on the market, and a staff of prodigies to help come up with styling and features to wow drivers. However, the team also has an adorable rabbit named Bunz that meanders around the office.

According to The News Wheel, the California branch of the Nissan design office frequently takes a break from the highly competitive world that is the auto industry to find comfort in their furry friend. Bunz, a four-year-old dwarf Lionhead rabbit, is primarily housed by team member Jacqueline Reeve, though the bunny is considered an essential member of the team by most of the crew.

“Designing cars is a serious and competitive business,” said Taro Ueda, vice president, Nissan Design America. “Designers thrive in unique, fast-paced and creatively demanding environments, but it’s important to have an open mind and outside inspiration, even if sparked by a bunny visiting the office.”

Frequently referred to as Nissan Design America’s “Ambassador of Hoppy-ness,” Bunz the Nissan rabbit looks like a ball of fuzz with a pink bow on top. While not a conventional asset among design teams, a rabbit like Bunz helps designers to clear their heads and step outside the box on occasion.

Bunz the Nissan Rabbit - 2018 Nissan Altima