We like a good pun from time to time, and Nissan sure likes their word play too. So what has Nissan lined up for us this time?
Meet the Altima-te (Get it? Ultimate?) AWD project and it's quite the project too. What they have done is take a humble (but sharp-looking) Altima sedan, ditch the wheels, replace them with heavy-duty tracks (like a tank), and gave it loads of ground clearance. They even made special fenders for the Altima-te AWD concept.
It isn't just for show either, the concept actually works. Nissan recently took the heavily modified sedan in deep snow around Canada and performed well, says the automaker. Of course, they won't be putting it into production, but Nissan says they did that to highlight the Altima's AWD availability. That being said, this isn't the first time Nissan has put tracks on their cars. In fact, they've had a knack for putting it in just about anything they make these days.
In the past, Nissan put tracks on the X-Trail (known as the Rogue in North America), Murano, and Pathfinder. They even modified a 370Z this way to help it go off-road. Even the Nissan Juke got the same treatment in recent history. If anything, Nissan seems to enjoy giving their cars this rather quirky modification.
As for the standard Nissan Altima, it's a lot tamer than the Altima-te AWD project. Its base engine is a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder with 182 PS, which isn't bad for a family sedan. But for those who want a bit more kick out of their Altima, there's also a boosted 2.0-liter mill making 251 PS coursed through either its front wheels or all-wheel drive.
Will it be available in the Philippines soon? So far, there isn't any confirmation from Nissan Philippines Inc. just yet, but we have to say the all-new Altima is a looker, even without those snow tracks.