Spied: 2019 Nissan Altima

Nissan is planning a major interior overhaul for its new Altima.

The interior of Nissan's next-generation Altima has been exposed ahead of the mid-size sedan's planned unveiling at the 2018 New York auto show.

Today's spy shots reveal the 2019 Altima will be making a major leap forward in terms of interior design and technology. The sedan's center stack is all-new and features a tablet-style display screen mounted at the top of the dash — a first for Nissan. It's believed that the 2019 Altima will be compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay right out of the box.

Just below HVAC controls are totally redesigned and feature a much more up-scale look with a metal surround and knurled knobs. A set of USB outlets can be seen in a small cubby area below the ventilation controls.

Materials also look much improved over today's Altima. The prototype spotted today is sporting a leather dash with double stitching in contrasting red. The Altima's steering wheel and shift lever have also been upgraded with a more modern design.

Under hood the base Altima is expected to continue with a naturally-aspirated four-cylinder hooked to a continuously variable transmission. Today's optional V6 will be replaced by a turbocharged four-cylinder. Front-wheel drive will be standard but we've heard rumors that Nissan is planning an all-wheel drive variant. A performance-minded Nismo model is also a distinct possibility. Nissan's semi-autonomous ProPilot Assist system should be available on most, if not all, 2019 Altima trim levels.

Nissan is still hiding the exterior of the new Altima, but the production model should closely mirror the styling of the Vmotion 2.0 concept that made its debut at the 2017 Detroit auto show. The Altima's new design language will eventually trickle down to other Nissan products.

The 2019 Nissan Altima will be officially unveiled at the New York auto show on March 28.

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