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3 Things You Should Know About The 2019 Nissan Altima Spy Shots

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There are new spy shots of the prototype for the next-generation Nissan Altima mid-sizer. The car will be due to arrive in showrooms in late 2018 as a 2019 model, and will represent the sixth generation of the Altima nameplate.

During the 2017 Detroit auto show earlier this year, the next-gen Altima was previewed through the Vmotion 2.0 concept car.

1. Design

If you have seen the concept, you’ll know that there are numerous elements from it that can now be seen in the production version of the car. There’s much you can see in the spy shots from Motor1 even though it’s in heavy camouflage. The prototype and even the production model both highlighted the angular headlights, V-shaped grille, and floating roof.

The interior showed that the new Altima will have a digital screen in the instrument cluster and a larger screen located at the top of the center stack. For those who still want the feel of touching something in their cars, there are physical knobs for functions such as controlling the volume and temperature.

2. Powertrain

There’s no word yet on what the Altima will come packed with. What we can expect is that a four-cylinder should be the base model while a more powerful option will be offered in the form of a turbocharged four-cylinder or a four-cylinder-based hybrid setup.

The gear selector in the new Altima will be similar with the current model. This means we can expect a CVT and a front-wheel-drive system. An all-wheel drive is still in question, though.

If you’re looking for more driver assistance tech, the Altima can offer that, too. The ProPilot will reportedly be available in the next-generation Altima, including the assistance to drivers in accelerating, braking, and steering in a single lane in a highway. There’s also parking assistance provided by the system.

3. Competition

The next-generation Altima is in direct competition with the Toyota Camry, the Chevrolet Malibu, the Subaru Liberty, the Ford Fusion, the Kia Optima, the Honda Accord, and the Hyundai Sonata.

The 2018 Nissan Leaf Will Get The E-Pedal

Pictured above is the 2017 Nissan Leaf.

Pictured above is the 2017 Nissan Leaf.

The 2018 Nissan Leaf will be the Japanese automaker’s main electric vehicle offering. As it gets ready to debut for its second generation, Nissan continues to improve it with technology currently being made available in the market. One such technology is the E-Pedal.

But before that, let’s look back at what we know so far. Teases from Nissan showed that the new Leaf will have a refreshed pair of headlights and an upgraded grille. Based on the spy shots gathered, this upcoming model will be more attractive aesthetically compared to the current generation out in the market.

A video also featured the Leaf’s use of the brand’s ProPilot, the semi-autonomous driving system that this new generation will come packaged with. And speaking of autonomous driving, it came as no surprise that Nissan is fitting the 2018 Nissan Leaf with the E-Pedal, which you will either love or hate.

Basically, the E-Pedal is a single-pedal system, which can automatically accelerate or brake depending on the driver’s foot position. When accelerating, there isn’t much difference because it functions just like any ordinary accelerator pedal. What it does after you lift your foot from the pedal is what differentiates it.

As the driver lifts his foot from the accelerator, the car will automatically slow down and will come to a full stop when the foot is completely off the pedal. This will work even when you are on a hill or in a “hanging” position. The commands will be based on the position of your foot on the E-Pedal.

This sounds promising, of course, when you think about the concept of autonomous driving. Drivers, however, will have to get used to having a single-pedal system, though this may backfire to Nissan. It is highly doubtful if people will trust this E-Pedal system enough, or if they will even open up to the idea of using it.

3 Possible Things That Could Happen To The Alpine Crossover

The upcoming Alpine crossover will get many styling elements from the A110 model pictured above.

The upcoming Alpine crossover will get many styling elements from the A110 model pictured above.

The new Alpine A110 is not for everyone’s taste. It’s a bit too cramped and of course, doesn’t address the crossover segment that seems to be missing in Renault’s lineup. Now, the French automaker’s performance sub-brand is working on an Alpine crossover that will battle the Porsche Macan out of its lofty porch (or so Alpine aims).

According to a source, the new Alpine crossover will most likely arrive in 2019 to up Renault’s sales and revitalize this segment that the French car manufacturer hasn’t dominated just yet. Since Renault has little experience in the production of SUVs and crossover, they will most likely turn to Mercedes and Nissan for the new Alpine SUV’s platform.

1. Powertrain From Standard Renault

Incidentally, Renault has a technical alliance both with the German and Japanese car manufacturers, so that should make it easy enough. Power will be coming from Renault’s 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which is capable to push out 300 horses. There could also be a hybridized variant of the Alpine SUV, but there’s no word yet on whether this is in the works already.

2. Styling From Alpine A110

The styling of the incoming Alpine SUV should be based on the Alpine A110 sports car, including the front fascia. Inside, the SUV won’t be as spartan as the coupe, of course, providing maximum comfort and luxury to the owners. It will, however, have an aggressive seat and sporty steering wheel. All over the interior, you’ll find leather, aluminum, and carbon fiber.

3. Not Available in the US

Unfortunately, if you want to own this “replacement” for the Macan, you’d have to be somewhere in Europe, the UK, or Japan because it won’t be brought to the United States. Renault has no plans of bringing the Alpine brand to the US, much to everyone’s chagrin.

2018 Nissan Leaf Features Self-Parking System


More than its celebrated self-driving capabilities, Nissan is also debuting its self-parking system in the 2018 Nissan Leaf and ProPilot system. Not only will the Leaf be able to make autonomous driving possible, it will also park itself with a click of a button.

The latest teasers for the next-generation 2018 Leaf showed the ProPilot Park. The driver can simply activate the system by pushing a button and searching for their ideal parking space. Once the spot has been chosen and located, the driver will hold down the park button and the 2018 Leaf would take over the handling of the steering input, braking, and light acceleration to park the car perfectly.

Nissan, of course, is still asking drivers to be mindful and attentive in monitoring their surroundings when Leaf is on the ProPilot Park system. The brand, however, is confident that the system will eliminate the stress coming from parking in tight quarters.

ProPilot Assist for Self-Driving Capabilities

Aside from the ProPilot Park system, which would be the perfect companion for those challenged by tight parking spaces, the all-new Nissan Leaf is also offering ProPilot Assist to provide self-driving capabilities in single-lane highway scenarios. So far, the system will be able to handle accelerating, braking, and steering in the proper conditions.

Nissan said the system will eventually navigate city intersections. The technology for this capability is just around the corner.

Nissan Leaf to Arrive September 6

By September 6, Nissan will unveil the 2018 Leaf. Hopefully, it will follow its predecessor’s footsteps because the current-generation Nissan Leaf is the best-selling electric car worldwide. Since its launch in 2009, it sold 260,000 units globally.

There are still no technical specifications released for the 2018 Nissan Leaf, though there will surely be a wide variety of electric ranges to be offered once it’s released. The current maximum range in the electric vehicle range is 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV’s 250 miles, but the Leaf may exceed that.

3 Things We Learned From the Upcoming 2018 Nissan Leaf

Spy shot of the 2018 Nissan Leaf EV. (Photo Source: Autocar)

Spy shot of the 2018 Nissan Leaf EV. (Photo Source: Autocar)

In our previous article, we have mentioned that Nissan is already clearing up the supply of its first-generation Leaf electric vehicles. In an effort to reach that goal, the automaker has partnered with other companies to provide US customers with up to $10,000 discounts on its lease. The move is to pave the way for the coming of the 2018 Nissan Leaf.

Thanks to leaks, teasers and reliable reports online, we have learned more about the electric car. Here are the top 3 juicy stuff we uncovered about the 2018 Nissan Leaf EV:

Design

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The new Nissan Leaf EV is heavily inspired by the Micra. The leaked photo here and the spy shot on top show the electric car with more aggressive styling.

The new design is in contrast with the existing Leaf with mild-looking fascia. The baggy camouflage wrap of the spied new model of the auto make it hard to distinguish its body lines and actual edges though.

Electric Motor

There is no word yet about the possible boost in the electric motor output of the EV but it is speculated to get more driving range. From full-charge, he car is estimated to run up to 340 miles on pure electric power before its battery runs out of juice. The number is more than double the capability of the current model of the Leaf.

Arrival

The 2018 Nissan Leaf will likely be unveiled a couple of months from now. The sale of the car might start in December. However, other sources claim that the car will hit the market during the early part of next year.

Photos

Check out the teaser and leaked spy shots of the 2018 Nissan Leaf EV in the gallery below:

Save Up to $10,000 on 2017 Nissan Leaf EV Lease

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The 2017 Nissan Leaf electric vehicle presents a pretty decent look packed with just enough horsepower and zero-need for fossil fuel. This June, there are some companies in various parts of the United States of America that provide Nissan Leaf EV lease deals with plenty of ways to gain up to $10,000 in lease discounts.

According to Green Car Reports, Nissan is working with various partners in order to provide $10,000 off on customers getting a 2017 Leaf lease. The savings add to the $7,500 federal income-tax credit of the government. Doing the math, that’s a whopping total of $17,500 in incentives.

One of the companies where customers can save is Baltimore Gas & Electric in Baltimore City, Maryland. A $10,000 discount is offered at the end of June. It can’t be combined with other lease deals though.

Another company offering the same deal outside the coverage area of BG&E is Constellation Energy. The offer was introduced in January but it has been extended up to the end of this month. It should be reminded that there is a need to register with EZ-EV to avail of the deal.

Next is EVgo national charging network in the southern area of Texas. Their partnership with Nissan allows customers to get the same amount of incentive. People availing the deal are required to sign up for an EZ-charge card and the promo is only available for new sign-ups.

For people in Hawaii, the same $10,000 incentive on Nissan Leaf EV lease are offered by Kaua’i Island Utility Cooperative and Hawaiian Electric Company. The deal runs until the end of June.

The source said Nissan might be offering the huge incentives to entice customers into buying their first-generation Leaf EVs in order to clear their supply. A 2018 model of the car is set to be unveiled some time this year with sales of the new model to commence as early as December 2017.

3 Things To Know About The 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid

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The 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid is finally going to compete against the Toyota RAV4, though we are not sure how this will fare because RAV4 has been alone in the crossover hybrid segment for quite some time now.

Given that the Rogue Hybrid will be around $1,440 less than the RAV4, we’re pretty sure there is a market for this crossover. Not only that, the Rogue also received a mildly better EPA ratings, so environmentalists will surely take notice.

Here are the top 3 features of the hybrid crossover based on a report:

1. Prices

The base model will start at $27,180 for a front-drive SV model and $32,100 for a front-drive SL model. This is around $1,000 to $1,200 more than the prices of the non-hybrid Rogue. To really compete with the Toyota RAV4 (which only comes in AWD), however, you need to add $1,350 on the Nissan’s base price.

This will reflect the fee Nissan charges for an all-wheel drive system. With this additional fee, the Rogue Hybrid SV AWD will come at $28,530, which is $1,440 cheaper than the RAV4 XLE Hybrid. The Rogue SL, on the other hand, costs $33,450 with AWD. This is the model aimed between the hybrid’s SE ($33,125) and Limited ($34,970) trim models.

2. Equipment

Standard to the Rogue SV are automatic climate control, heated front seats, remote start, and blind-spot warning. If you want the Premium package, you will need to add $2,870. That gives you access to navigation, a Bose audio system, a panoramic sunroof, a heated steering wheel, and a power liftgate.

The SIL comes with all those as standard, except for the sunroof. It adds, however, these: leather seats, LED headlights, and 18-inch wheels. If you want the panoramic sunroof and automated emergency braking, you’ll have to add $1,520.

3. Efficiency

The Rogue Hybrid received a rating of 34 mpg combined for front-drive models and 33 mpg combined for all-wheel drive. That’s about 2 mpg more than RAV4’s 32 mpg in fuel economy.

Under the hood, the Rogue is fitted with 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired to a 40-hp electric motor for a total of 176 horsepower.

3 Important Features Of The 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

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Nissan finally decided to bring its Qashqai to the American market, though it’s now under the name of Rogue Sport. It has been introduced to the American audience during the 2017 North American International Auto Show, and is slated to fit in between the Juke and the regular Rogue.

If you are familiar with the Qashqai, the Rogue Sport is no different from that based on a source. It has the same features and exterior design. The Rogue Sport nameplate is only available in the United States. In Canada, it will still be called Qashqai.

1. Smaller Than The Regular Rogue

In terms of design, we can expect the Rogue Sport to be very similar and close to the European Qashqai. That means it will be smaller than the regular Rogue to appeal to urban dwellers, who are usually stuck in heavy traffic and small roads and parking spaces.

Even the interior bears resemblance to the Qashqai. It has a three-spoke steering wheel, Nissan’s touchscreen infotainment system, and loads of equipment from the regular Roque.

2. Rogue Sport S Comes With Standard Features

The entry-level Rogue Sport S has the standard LED running and taillights, 16-inch wheels, backup camera, Bluetooth, and satellite radio.

3. Rogue Sport SL And SLE Get More

If you want a better-looking Rogue Sport, you can check out the SL trim level. It has 17-inch wheels, push-button start, roof rails, dual-zone auto climate control, a power driver’s seat, and a six-speaker sound system.

As for the flagship SLE, it gets 19-inch wheels, a 360-degree SurroundView camera system and navigation, remote start, fog lights, heated mirrors, leather seats, and a heated steering wheel.

It comes with a CVT system with eco-mode, and buyers can choose between a front- and all-wheel drive. For now, only one engine is available: a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated inline-four that produces 141 horsepower and 147 pound-feet of torque.

3 Ways The 2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO’s Pricing Disappointed Us

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We were all expecting the 2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO to come at under $25,000 because that was what the Japanese automaker earlier revealed. So, it came as a big surprise that the NISMO, Nissan’s new sport compact, was priced at $25,855 because of the mandatory destination fee that was put at $5,000.

Aside from that, here are the three ways that Nissan NISMO surprised us:

1. The base price applies to both options.

How can there be one price for two different transmissions? The $25,855 price tag for the base model covers both the CVT automatic transmission and the 6-speed manual transmission. The latter is obviously the better choice for this turbocharged sedan but of course, there are drivers who prefer to go manual than automatic. Still, it was quite curious why Nissan decided to price the two trims the same. Traditionally, manual transmission should be cheaper.

2. The factory option for Sentra NISMO is priced at $295 and $1,220

Besides two transmission choices, Nissan only offers two other factory options for the 2017 NISMO. The first one is the Aspen White exterior color that sells for an extra $295 and the second one is the Premium package that adds $1,220 on the base price. The Premium package will bring in the Bose audio system and a 5.8-inch touchscreen that has navigation and satellite radio features. Coming standard to the NISMO are the following: heated seats, backup camera, proximity key, microsuede inserts for the steering wheel, a body kit, and 18-inch wheels in 215/45 all-season tires.

If you want summer tires, that is possible too, though Nissan has yet to release the pricing for that.

3. The Nissan NISMO costs more than Ford and Volkswagen.

The Ford Focus ST, which sells for $25,650, and the Volkswagen Golf GTI, which is priced at $26,415, are all coming in cheaper than the 2017 NISMO. That doesn’t make sense, actually, because the Focus ST is more powerful at 252 horsepower while the Golf GTI already ranked in the 10 Best Cars. The Ford Fiesta ST, which costs only $21,995, is 9-horsepower more powerful than the NISMO.

The only reason we can think of why the NISMO is priced higher is because of the stiffer suspension tuning and trim differences.

5 Things To Note About The 2017 Nissan Sentra Nismo

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For the 2017 model year, Nissan is upgrading its Sentra Sedan through the work of its in-house tuner, Nismo. This was introduced ahead of the planned launching at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday.

Here are 5 things you need to know about the Nismo-tuned Sentra based on a source:

1. Concept form Was Previewed In 2013

Back during the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, Nissan gave us a glimpse of the concept form for the Nissan Sentra Nismo. The problem is, this production version missed out on what the concept has boasted about—240 horsepower. Instead, this Nismo-tuned Sentra will be founded on the Sentra SR Turbo’s setup, which is only good for 188 horsepower.

This will be paired with a front-axle drive and either a 6-speed manual or CVT.

2. “Sporty” Feel Was Fine Tuned

Where Nissan focused was on making sure that the car has a sporty feel to it. Its engineers enhanced the Sentra Nismo’s performance based on aerodynamics, body reinforcements and suspension tuning. They also added some features interior-wise to add to that sporty feel.

3. Chassis Was Adjusted For Sturdier Feel

The Sentra Nismo now has a chassis that has monotube rear dampers and unique tuning on the front springs and struts. They also added stabilizer bars at the front and rear for sturdier driving. The car’s electronic power steering is also fitted with Nismo calibrations for a sportier feel.

4. Nismo Red Accents Were Added In The Exterior

Nissan wants the Nismo to appeal to sporty individuals. As such, they have to tweak the exterior a little bit by making it more aggressive. The Nismo body kit includes Nismo’s signature red accents. It also has 18-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport and 11-inch housing ventilated brake discs at both ends.

The Sentra Nismo comes in four colors: Brilliant Silver, Gun Metallic, Super Black and Aspen White.

5. Interior Receives A Special Treatment

Inside the Sentra Nismo, there are Nismo logos and extra-bolstered seats with red stitching. The sportier steering wheel is wrapped in Alcantara and leather trim. Completing the “special treatment” is a dark headliner and Nismo logo on the instrument panel.

The interior color is charcoal with red accents.

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