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  1. #41
    We should be seeing some first drive reviews starting this Friday. Seeing some automotive Instagram accounts posting pictures from the media drive event Nissan kicked off this week.

    Just read an article that pointed out that the Altima, Accord and Camry all have their own unique proposition... Altima offers AWD, Accord offers a manual, and the Camry is the lone V6... Just imagine if someone came along and offered all 3! But it seems there will be greater take rate of Nissan's pony trick with AWD.
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  2. #42
    As NissLover predicted, the first drive review video has been posted to Youtube by TFLcar. It's not a full review, but more of a preview with some driving footage and specs. Full reviews are coming soon though, so I'll take it for now.



    I just love this thing in real 3D. From all angles I get a sharpened third-gen vibe. They just need to put a real transmission in it and we're good.

  3. #43
    Just found this short video that shows some different angles and close-ups than others. The interior materials look real good. What a shame if they are a let down in real life, because it reminds me of the Q50 before its facelift inside. I'll be able to sit in one within the next few weeks. There are Nissan dealers every 100 feet here.



    First time memory seats! Woo!

    No more CD player! Boo!

    At least I learned how to pair my phone with bluetooth and stream Pandora in my rental cars this summer.

  4. #44
    Autoweek let a few pricing details slip before everything is released come morning... Base S models starts at $24,645 and the top trim Platinum VC-Turbo starts at $35,657. I'm guessing those include D&H, otherwise Nissan is feeling pretty confident.
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  5. #45
    Alex on Autos review. Pretty good! Not as sporty as the Camry and Accord, but better than the last gen Altima. But he also didn't get to drive the SR, so the handling may be able to hang in that trim. Also glad to see the VC-Turbo maintains the Altimas signature 5.9 sec to 60 stat.



    Was happy to hear that the lower part of the dash is also soft touch. Also was sure if he was saying that the brake lights are actually LED, and only the turn signal and reverse lights weren't.
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  6. #46
    I’m very pleased to see that the dash is mostly soft-touch. It hasn’t been since the 4th gen and they really needed that to complete now that Honda and Toyota are actually trying again.

    I must curb our enthusiasm a bit. Near the beginning of this video linked below, some atrocious build quality issues are shown. Nothing worse than the past two generations’ rattles and wobbly center consoles, but the kind of inattention to detail that will ultimately let down the impeccable style and materials. I only hope that these are the only two poor spots they could find.

    The host did have mostly positive things to say about the interior quality and the car. So it’s not the end of the world.

    Last edited by JayG35; 09-30-2018 at 11:31 PM.

  7. #47
    Yea, I saw that video after posting AoA's video. Honestly I would never think to pull on the headliner around the sunroof and can't think of any reason anyone would. The dash being so easy to move was kind of a cringe moment... but at least it's soft touch. I was honestly holding my breath on the very detail. Lol, but that's no excuse and hopefully it is a pre-production issue.

    But I am really starting to take these reviews with a grain of salt. One review says the materials can rival the Mazda6 and the other says the materials don't quite match it, one says its high-quality the next says it has a lot of hard plastics. One says the VC-Turbo sounds great, is refined and quick, the other says it's sounds bad and is sluggish. So yeah. Grain of salt.
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  8. #48
    There are already acceleration videos of the turbo for not with a launch but with an aggressive take off kind of. You would know if they launched it because it seems he won't shift from a stop if you did it the correct way. There is also another video that I've seen and the CVT did not shift from a stop when you floor it but in any other circumstance it will

  9. #49
    Yea, I think that's the way it's programmed.
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  10. #50
    I've seen a good number of these dealer videos as the production models start rolling in. I can't see any obvious build quality flaws. Stuff that was wonky on the initial batch of 5th gens, like hood/trunk alignments and side sills that weren't properly fastened/aligned are nonexistant. Hope they are all like this, and that this is an indication that maybe the CVTs are finally properly attached and cooled from day one.

    Here's a nice orange SR 2.5. I think that they handily beat Toyota and Honda with interior materials as they did in the 3.5 and 4th-gens. There's a lot of soft, nicely padded stuff in that environment. It looks and sounds pretty solid too as these guys prod the interior.



    I'm editing this post to add the 2theredline review that just came out today.



    Hard plastic rear door upper panels. KNEW they would start doing that since Honda and Toyota get away with it... but Camry XSE and XLE give you soft touch there. Overall I'm going to knock the interior ranking down a half step. On-par with Camry and Accord, not as good as Mazda6.

    The VC turbo sounds excellent, very smooth. Probably smoother than the VQ but I'll have to let my butt and feet do a real-world comparison first. It just lacks the more sophisticated 6-cylinder sound, but whatever.
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    Anyone know anything about the size of the fuel tank?
    Unrefuelled range much greater than its competitors has always been a strong selling point of the Altima for me.
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  12. #52
    Fred, I wasn't sure myself so I just Googled it and it seems pretty conclusive that the fuel capacity is 18 gallons.

    That's pretty good! The 5th gen was 18 gallons. I think that's on the high end for the segment, yielding great cruising range. The 6th gen improves this even more because, especially with the KR (VC-turbo engine) as compared with the VQ. Older gens, like my 3rd, had a 20 gallon tank, but nowhere near the fuel economy of the 5th and 6th gens (though it was respectable for its time, and I can sniff 30 mpg highway if I'm not lead-footed!).

    I found what I believe to be the first owner-impression video on YT for the 2019 Altima. The guy presenting it has owned at least a couple of 5th gens, including a 2017 SR as his previous car. Enjoy!


  13. #53
    Fuel tank is only 16.2 gallons.
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  14. #54
    The VC-Turbo puts up the same numbers as most everyone else's 2.0-liter turbos. So I guess the extra mechanical complication of the variable-compression system really gets them nothing but mechanical complication. Unless they get it to make more hp or torque than similar non-VC engines, I have to wonder how long it will last ...
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  15. #55
    Quote Originally Posted by Mike_TX View Post
    The VC-Turbo puts up the same numbers as most everyone else's 2.0-liter turbos. So I guess the extra mechanical complication of the variable-compression system really gets them nothing but mechanical complication. Unless they get it to make more hp or torque than similar non-VC engines, I have to wonder how long it will last ...
    I think it really should be looked at as VCT 1.0. It does top the comparable 2.0 in fuel economy, but just imagine as they continue to refine it and eek more efficiency out of it. They have a good base to work on.
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  16. #56
    Quote Originally Posted by NissLover View Post
    I think it really should be looked at as VCT 1.0. It does top the comparable 2.0 in fuel economy, but just imagine as they continue to refine it and eek more efficiency out of it. They have a good base to work on.
    I do look at it as having comparable output to a 2.0T 4 cylinder without variable compression or a naturally-aspirated V6, but with better fuel economy. The advantages aren't massive but they are there.

    From what I can tell the sound is a huge point of contention. Some reviewers have pointed out how smooth it is and you can kind of hear it in the background of videos while the presenter is driving.

    Here is a video with good audio quality of the VC-Turbo simply being revved. It seems pretty darn smooth and pleasant. Nice snarl. It actually reminds me, aurally, of Mazda's rotary engines. At first I was like, "That sounds similar to the (very nice) Skyactive inline-4!" but no, this is significantly smoother than that. Let's hope its a lot more reliable than a rotary-- they demand rebuilds as often as an Italian exotic. I want to see some acceleration videos where we get good audio feeds of how it sounds at redline.

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  17. #57
    Here's a pretty good sound clip of the VC-Turbo.

    https://youtu.be/5dXkwDo5-zw?t=129

    I can't say I liked the way it sounded in the you posted Jay, but that was with the doors open. But in Matt's video I think it sounds decent, BUT I can see some reviewers point about what it sounds like in the QX50. I think for a car like the Altima it's fine, but I think in the QX50 I wouldn't be okay with it. But it sounds like a good aftermarket intake would take it to another level.
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  18. #58
    It's a very high-pitched tone that will not be to everyone's taste. One review called it "tinny" and I can see why. What I love is how smooth it is after the coarseness of the QR-- that engine made people almost forget that Nissan could do a smooth inline-4.

    The Matt Moran clip sounds like it has more exhaust. Obviously having the engine under load versus a rev in park is going to be a different ballgame. I'm not so sure that the compression is even changing during those parking lot revs either.

    This engine is never going to sound as throaty or layered as the VQ. The VQ's induction noise alone is delicious and has been since the 1995 Maxima. Then they gave it nice exhuast systems and-- wowzers!

    But for what it is I think this motor sounds great. It's so smooth it makes me wonder why they don't just add two cylinders to the design and go right for BMW's and Mercedes' jugular... oh, that's right, Ghosn is why.

  19. #59
    Quote Originally Posted by JayG35 View Post
    It's a very high-pitched tone that will not be to everyone's taste. One review called it "tinny" and I can see why. What I love is how smooth it is after the coarseness of the QR-- that engine made people almost forget that Nissan could do a smooth inline-4.

    The Matt Moran clip sounds like it has more exhaust. Obviously having the engine under load versus a rev in park is going to be a different ballgame. I'm not so sure that the compression is even changing during those parking lot revs either.

    This engine is never going to sound as throaty or layered as the VQ. The VQ's induction noise alone is delicious and has been since the 1995 Maxima. Then they gave it nice exhuast systems and-- wowzers!

    But for what it is I think this motor sounds great. It's so smooth it makes me wonder why they don't just add two cylinders to the design and go right for BMW's and Mercedes' jugular... oh, that's right, Ghosn is why.
    I wouldn't be surprised if they are waiting to refine and massage the the 4-cyl first. Think about it, they could cover all bases with a 4-cyl and 6-cyl version of this engine. Its no longer uncommon for large trucks to now have turbo 6 engines now as V8s are on the way out. I wonder how the engine would do without a turbo attached to it. I wonder if something like a base Sentra could utilize a non-turbo version of the engine...
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    Niss and Jay:
    Thanks for the input.
    There seems to be some confusion on this issue and my search foo has failed me.

    Niss + Jay where did u each find your respective answers?
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