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All-New, 2019 Nissan Altima Gets AWD, New Turbo Four – No More V6

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New, 2019 Nissan Altima family sedan

The Nissan Altima has entered its sixth-generation, bringing with it a bolder exterior styling, a classier interior, all-wheel drive and a new turbo engine.

Unveiled at the 2018 New York Auto Show, the new Altima is bigger and looks more expressive than its predecessor, borrowing many styling cues from its bigger brother, the Maxima. Design highlights include a V-motion grille flanked by boomerang lights, a lower hood, shorter front overhang, a floating roof, and rear wheels that have been pushed out further to deliver a more athletic stance.

The redesigned Altima is also longer and wider, meaning more interior room for passengers. The cockpit features what Nissan calls a “gliding wing” instrument panel with an 8-inch infotainment system, complete with standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.

The biggest news? Power is provided by a new 2.0-liter, variable-compression four-cylinder turbo-four (it debuted in the Infiniti QX50 crossover), which replaces the previous V6. In fact, the sixth-generation Altima marks the first time in over 15 years that the Altima will not be offered with a V6.

Nissan claims the turbo four, which produces 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, delivers “V6-level” performance with four-cylinder fuel economy, something we’ve heard time and time again. Lower trim levels come standard with a 2.5L four-cylinder engine.

Also noteworthy is an available all-wheel-drive system, the first time that the Altima has had such a feature. The Japanese automaker expect AWD models to account for a “significant” portion of the midsizer’s sales in North America.

Under the hood the 2019 Altima will offer two engine options, the base 2.5L four-cylinder and the new 2.0-liter VC-Turbo engine that debuted in the Infiniti QX50. The 2.5L is available with all-wheel drive.

While overall interest in the midsize sedan segment continues wane, Nissan feels that the new, 2019 Nissan Altima, which goes on sale in fall 2018, will be able to reinvigorate interest in midsize sedans. From what you see and know about it, do you agree? Let us know in the comments below.

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New Hyundai Venue Is Hyundai’s Smallest, Cheapest SUV

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New, 2020 Hyundai Venue Small SUV

Hyundai’s SUV and crossover family welcomes their smallest and most affordable member.

The all-new, 2020 Hyundai Venue is a new entry-level SUV for the masses. Designed to appeal to millennials, it is the smallest and most affordable utility vehicle offered by Hyundai.

The Venue is actually five-inches shorter than the Kona, but a taller, more upright profile makes it appear bigger and even more substantial.

Exterior design is in line with Hyundai’s latest SUV design language, with highlights including the brand’s cascading grille and squarish headlights placed below razor-thin daytime running lights and turn signals.

Inside, the 2020 Venue gets an 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and rearview monitor. Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant connectivity are also available.

Power comes from a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that can be mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) automatic, delivering fuel economy of up to 33 mpg combined.

Despite its small size, the crossover can be had with many of Hyundai’s latest safety technologies including forward collision assist, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, rear cross-traffic warning, driver attention warning, and blind-spot detection.

The Hyundai Venue appears to have the substance to go with its spunk. Sales begin in the forth quarter of 2019.

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New, 2020 Lincoln Corsair Luxury SUV Is A Baby Aviator

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New, 2020 Lincoln Corsair SUV, luxury SUV

Lincoln has unveiled the all-new, 2020 Lincoln Corsair, the replacement for the MKC.

As the company’s contender in the crowded compact luxury crossover segment, the Corsair is a lot more stylish and sophisticated than the MKC, borrowing many styling cues from the new Nautilus, Aviator, and Navigator. I fact, I would go as far as to call it a baby Aviator.

The Corsair has an attractive exterior, but it’s the interior that makes the biggest statement. It comes standard with an 8.0-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi across all trims and phone-as-key technology that allows owners to keep their key at home and use their smartphone instead, while an optional 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and wireless charging adds more functionality. Exotic leather colors and shapely wooden inserts lend greatly to its classy atmosphere.

The options list also includes 24-way adjustable seats with massage and ambient lighting, a massive panoramic glass roof, and 14-speaker Revel audio system

At launch, the new Corsair will give buyers two engine options. There is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit that produces 250 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque and an optional, slightly more powerful 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 280 hp and 310 lb-ft. A plug-in hybrid model will join the lineup later on.

All Corsair models get Lincoln’s basic suite of safety features, which includes automatic high beams, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keep assist. Adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, reverse brake assist, and automatic park assist are optional.

Sales of the new, 2020 Lincoln Corsair begin in fall 2019. Did Lincoln do a good job?

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All-new, 2020 Nissan Versa Dresses Up Like Altima, Brings More Tech

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New, 2020 Nissan Versa Sedan

Nissan’s small family sedan is no longer the ugly duckling in its class.

The Nissan Versa has always been basic transportation that sold on price and a deceptively voluminous interior, but nothing else. The second-generation Versa also happened to be a sight for sore eye — a homely-looking car by any definition.

Well, that all changes for the better with the all-new, 2020 Nissan Versa.

For starters, designers made the third-generation Versa considerably more stylish than its predecessor, giving it many of the same styling touches as the larger Altima and Maxima sedans. Highlights include angular headlights; a big, U-shaped insert in the grille like the ones on the Nissan Kicks crossover and new Leaf electric vehicle; black trim on the C-pillar that helps reduces visual mass, and horizontal taillights.

It looks like a smaller Altima for all intents and purposes and a lot better than its predecessor. Nissan describes the design as “Energetic, Provocative and Engaging.” Do you agree?

Like the exterior, the interior has a more upscale look and feel, borrowing many design elements from the Maxima and Altima and looking nearly identical to the Kicks’ interior. It is also available with a lot more tech features than the previews model, features such as heated front seats, Automatic Climate Control, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

The long list of standard safety features include Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Automatic Braking, Lane Departure Warning and High Beam Assist. Buyers can also equip their car with Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Intelligent Driver Alertness and Intelligent Cruise Control.

Power comes exclusively from a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 122 horsepower and a 114 lb-ft. of torque, sent to the front wheels either by an Xtronic CVT transmission or a 5-speed manual.

The all-new, 2020 Nissan Versa sedan goes on sale in the summer of 2019. As for a new Versa Note hatchback, there won’t be one.

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