Muscat – Continuing the sixth generation, the 2022 Altima comes with a boot full of new technologies. Suhail Bahwan Automobiles stocks four trims – S, SV, Sport and the top-of-the-line SL, all in front wheel drive. In the region, the Altima is kitted out in a 2.5lt four-cylinder, capable of producing 188hp and 244Nm of torque, mated to a CVT. The SV and SL have 2lt turbo variants that produce 248 horses and 370Nm of torque.
Nissan’s ace up its sleeve in the 2022 Altima is the ProPilot Assist, designed to take care of some of the more cumbersome aspects of driving to reduce stress, all at the push of a button.
This Altima’s design was inspired by the award-winning Nissan V Motion 2.0 concept car, which debuted at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Lower, wider and more dynamic than the previous generation – not a whole lot but 1.1 inch lower, one inch longer and 0.9 inch wider – with a smaller front overhang thanks to a 1.9 inch longer wheelbase, the overall impact is a sleeker look. Additionally, these body proportions contribute to a drag coefficient of just 0.26.
Nissan’s distinct V-motion grille stands out in the front fascia, alongside LED projector headlights and fog lamps. Sharp horizontal lines with a chrome beltline and door handles make for a neat side profile.
Even if it’s by the distributor’s own admission, the Altima’s interior offers a “near-luxury feel” in both design and materials. Roomy and comfortable, the interior style is driven by functionality and usability. The cabin features mostly fine quality materials. Both the touch and physical controls are conveniently arranged, making it easy to find what you’re looking for in the “gliding wing” instrument panel while you’re at the wheel.
The NASA-inspired Zero Gravity seat design with dual-density foam is arguably among the most comfortable and supportive in the midsize sedan segment. While an eight-way seat with memory is available for the driver, both front seats can accommodate a wide variety of body types providing good lumbar support.
The rear seats have a feature that Nissan found a fancy name for – LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) connectors for the outboard seats and a tether anchor for the middle seat. The LATCH system has earned high ratings from reputable auto safety institutes indicating ease of use.
Engine noise is down to bare minimum in the cabin even when you rev to enter and exit Qurm Rose Garden roundabout during rush hour.
The trunk may not be the biggest at 436lt in the segment, but its squared-off shape makes loading to max capacity easy. Your excess baggage will reach the airport for your flight out on annual vacation without a scratch.
There are clear labels for the climate controls and touch-screen functions making these easy to use.
The Advanced Drive Assist Display sits directly in your line of sight set in a standard seven-inch panel. An eight-inch touch-screen colour display gives access to a selection of audio and infotainment choices, including a Bose Premium Audio system with nine speakers and eight-channel digital amplifier for custom equalisation.
The flat-bottomed steering wheel is paired to an upgraded steering system with a dual-pinion electric power steering design which enhances steering feel. This feat of engineering ensures steering effort is reduced at low speeds for ease of driving, while the effort is increased at higher speeds for better feedback and control.
The CVT is fine-tuned, responsive and pairs well with the engine to make the Altima a reliable partner for day-to-day driving.
Body lean is minimal, keeping the ride stable even when cornering and driving over bumpy service roads in Ghala. Its stable handling will give you confidence to manoeuvre through fast, sweeping curves safely. The Altima has done well consistently in traffic safety agencies’ overall safety, side crash, rollover and frontal crash tests.
DRIVE ASSIST FEATURES
The Altima offers an array of cutting-edge safety features several of which are packaged in the ProPilot Assist system. These drive assists are generally more intuitive and accurate than similar systems offered by others in the segment.
Features include forward collision mitigation, blind-spot monitoring and rear parking sensors.
Lane centreing is among the most useful of the ProPilot Assist features. This system helps you stay centred in your lane and automatically move with the flow of stop-and-go traffic, whether on daily commute or on long drives to… let’s say Nizwa at the weekend.
Combined with Nissan’s Intelligent Cruise Control and Steering Assist technologies, ProPilot can make life remarkably easy behind the wheel.
In a segment that is very competitive, it takes a lot to be even middle of the pack. But the Altima does that and more, punching above its weight. It makes daily driving effortless, while providing ample space, comfort and passenger conveniences.
It’s a combination of overall quality, reliability, safety, fuel economy and accident-avoidance technologies, giving it a rather distinctive value in the midsize sedan segment. It’s a great choice for a commuting vehicle.