Two New Engines, Including Advanced Variable Compression Turbo, Set To Power The All-New 2019 Nissan Altima

by Heather Platt | Posted on Saturday, March 31st, 2018

Reflecting the importance of the Altima to the Nissan brand, the company is making its largest investment ever in a new model powertrain development – introducing for the first time, two completely new engines for one model change.


The new 2.0-liter VC-Turbo, which recently launched as a world’s first technology in the all-new INFINITI QX50 crossover, replaces the previous-generation Altima’s 3.5-liter V6, offering similar performance figures while providing 4-cylinder fuel economy. It will be available on the Altima SR and Platinum front-wheel drive grades.

“With its long list of Nissan Intelligent Mobility features such as ProPILOT Assist, this all-new 2019 Altima is the most advanced sedan we have ever built,” said José Muñoz, chief performance officer, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. “Yet not to be overlooked is the groundbreaking technology under the hood – two new engines that power the Altima’s balanced, confidence-inspiring driving experience.”

World’s first production Variable Compression Turbo engine

Designated as the VC-Turbo, the technology behind the new Altima powerplant was more than 20 years in development and represents a breakthrough in combustion engine design by continually adjusting its compression ratio to optimize power and fuel efficiency. It is projected to offer a double-digit percentage increase in fuel economy.

Altimas equipped with the VC-Turbo (SR 2.0L and Platinum 2.0L grades) include a meter in the instrument panel’s 7-inch Advanced Drive Assist Display so the driver can see, as well as feel, the control state of this unique technology while driving.

New standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine

Standard on all 2019 Altima grade levels is the new 2.5-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder direct injection engine. The engine is rated at 188 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm (versus the previous 2.5-liter’s 179 hp) and 180 lb-ft of torque @ 3,600 rpm (versus the previous 177 lb-ft). The new engine inherits the good combination of high output and low fuel consumption of the previous, robust QR25DE engine, which has been utilized in many Nissan vehicles worldwide.

All 2019 Altima models, including both engine configurations, come equipped with a standard, advanced Xtronic transmission. For 2019,


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