The new 2017 Nissan Altima has been revealed by Saleh Al Hamad Al Mana Co; it has the dynamic yet curvaceous and sleek look of the sporty Maxima. Features included in the base model 2.5 S include ABS, traction-control, vehicle stability control, remote keyless entry with Push Button Ignition, radio with CD player with Aux-in and four speakers, audio controls on steering wheel and dual airbags. The 2.5 SV adds to that cruise control, six-speaker audio system with 5-inch display, bluetooth, USB port with iPod connectivity, rear-view camera, auto-headlamps, parking sensors, fog lamps and 17-inch alloy rims. Moving up to the 2.5 SL, additional features include 6-way power seats, dual zone auto A/C, side and curtain airbags, remote engine start and Bose audio system with nine speakers.

The Altima rides on an independent suspension, with Sachs shocks for better ride control and a more luxurious feel. With its retuned suspension and revised electro-hydraulialtima-interiorc steering, the 2016 Altima SV we drove was smooth, quiet and comfortable. It’s a pleasant car for commuting, especially on rough roads. The 2016 Altima is relatively refined and tuned for easy cruising, giving you lots of comfort, competence and convenience.

Having stressed the comfort, the SV’s performance is otherwise impressive. The 2.5-litre engine felt eager at all times and the CVT does an excellent job of wringing power from the engine, especially in sport mode.

The Altima’s priority on comfort reaps benefits in the cabin, where road noise is almost muted.

The cabin feels spacious for four, or maybe five, adults. With 45 inches of legroom and 40 inches of headroom, the front seat has more than adequate space for taller drivers. The rear seat looks cavernous, and even tall passengers should not make contact with the headliner. Rear seatbacks are split 60/40, and fold down for access to the trunk.

The new Altima has more safety gear than ever, but perhaps the coolest feature is the remote engine start which lets you pre-cool your car before you enter. At last, the perfect way to beat Doha weather!


ENGINE 2.5 litre, 16 valves, with double overhead cam (DOHC) and electronic fuel injection control

MAX POWER 182 hp (136 kW) @ 6,000 rpm

MAX TORQUE 244 Nm (180 lb-ft) @ 4,000 rpm

TRANSMISSION XTRONIC ‘D-step’ continuously variable transmission; manual mode; sports mode

EXTERIOR Most obvious updates to the new Altima come in its new front and rear fascias and feature prominently the new V-shaped grille, joining the new Murano and Maxima in sporting the latest Nissan family look; smooth, curvaceous sides and roofline, together with the use of active shutters in the grille and new guards on the underside reduce the drag coefficient from 0.29 to 0.26

INTERIOR Revised central console and steering wheel, new upgraded materials, best-in-class seat comfort; remote start lets you pre-cool interior before you enter; advanced Drive-Assist Display; iPod/USB input and Bluetooth-enabled audio entertainment from any seat in the car;

SAFETY Forward-collision warnings with automatic braking; a rearview camera with moving object detection; blind-spot monitors; lane-departure warning systems; excellent safety ratings; VDC and TCS are more – but by no means the only – systems which mean better safety and more confident driving

Saleh Al Hamad AlMana Co will be pleased to arrange a test drive of the new Nissan Altima or any of its cars and SUVs for Marhaba readers. Call 4428 3333. For more information, check out Nissan Qatar’s website.

Author: Terry Sutcliffe

Note: This article has been extracted from Marhaba’s Issue No 66 Autumn 2016 from the ‘Motoring’ section. For more car reviews, pick up Marhaba’s Issue No 66 Autumn 2016 only QR20 from the nearest hypermarket or bookstore to you.

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