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Future Cars: 2019 Nissan Altima Brings The Visual Punch 23
Dec
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in featured, Future Cars, nissan, Nissan Altima, Nissan Scoops, Scoops on 12 23rd, 2017


It’s not a good time to sit back and relax if you’re a mid-sedan manufacturer. Faced with an onslaught of increasing SUV sales, models like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord have upped their game trying to lure buyers with sleek styling, good handling and strong performance.

Then there is the Nissan Altima; which is about as alluring as a bar of soap – sure it does the job, but you’ll promptly forget what job that was. Fortunately, Nissan are injecting some youth into their lineup, so let’s have a sneak peek at how the 2019 Altima will look like.

Dynamic Styling

At a first glance, you could be fooled into thinking you’re looking at a shrunken Maxima, but no, it’s Nissan’s boldest adaptation of Vmotion-styling language to date.

The front is dominated by a large V-shaped grille, dipping into the lower intake and flanked by a pair of chiseled LED headlamps. A sculptured crease runs from the front fenders, fading outwards to the rear door. Then a secondary crease sits below this and flows towards the taillights.

The side profile is very Maxima-like, with a fastback roofline and separated black section within the C-pillars. Rounding out the rear are Audi-esque tail lamps, twin exhausts and a high deck lid.

Cabin & Architecture

Mirroring the overhauled exterior is a comprehensively redesigned and higher quality cabin. Nissan have joined many others in incorporating a tablet-style infotainment screen with two physical knobs and a row of buttons. The flat-bottomed steering wheel could almost be from a Mazda and the start-button is located in front of the gear lever.

It’s tipped that the Altima will remain on the D platform shared with the Maxima and Murano, with an increase in wheelbase to expand on the current car’s limited interior volume.

Conjecture has the possibility of all-wheel-drive thrown into the mix, adding to the Japanese carmaker’s desire to increase dynamic appeal.

Powertrain & Performance

Nissan have been quiet on future powertrain technology for the Altima, but we expect the current crop of 2.5-litre and 3.5-litre mills to carryover, with CVT to aid improvements in fuel efficiency and performance.

Although discontinued back in 2011, the hybrid model could make a reappearance, along with the possibility of a turbocharged four also joining the range.

It will also have the latest driver assistance technology under the ProPilot banner. Having debuted on the new Nissan Leaf, it’s able to help with steering, braking and acceleration on certain single-lane roads and highways.

Mid-size Rivals:

The 2019 Altima will arrive amongst some freshly updated competition, including the likes of Honda’s new Accord, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata, Mazda6, Chevrolet Malibu, Kia Optima, Ford Fusion and Volkswagen Passat.

Expect it to debut early in the New Year, possibly at the Detroit Motor Show next month.

Does the new Altima have the looks to impress? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

By Josh Byrnes

Photo Renderings Copyright Carscoops / Josh Byrnes



2018 Nissan Terra Looks Like A Worthy Successor To The Xterra 14
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in china, nissan, Nissan Scoops, Nissan Xterra, Scoops on 12 14th, 2017


We first got a glimpse at the Nissan Terra last month and now we’re a better look at the model thanks to several new imagines that were reportedly taken in China.

Essentially a passenger-friendly version of the NP300 Navara, the Terra is a stylish and rugged body-on-frame SUV that features a prominent V-Motion grille. We can also see angular headlights, bulging fender flares, and plenty of chrome trim.

Moving further back, the Terra features curvaceous bodywork and a distinctive greenhouse with a small kick up on the rear doors. The rear of the model is pretty plain as there’s a large tailgate with chrome trim and wraparound taillights.

Little is known about the model but Autocentre says the SUV will be offered with a 2.5-liter petrol engine which produces 184 hp (137 kW). In other countries, the Terra is expected to be equipped with a 2.3-liter dCi turbodiesel engine that has outputs of 158 hp (118 kW) and 187 hp (140 kW).

The Terra is expected to be unveiled at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show and it will be launched in China. The model will likely be offered in additional markets but there’s no word on specifics.

H/T to CarAdvice

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New Nissan XTerra Leaked: This Is The New Navara-Based SUV 1
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in china, nissan, Nissan Navara, Nissan Pathfinder, Nissan Scoops, Nissan Xterra, Scoops on 11 1st, 2017


Nissan is getting ready to debut the SUV version of the NP300 Navara pickup truck but a pair of grainy photos spoiled the surprise.
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2018 Nissan Leaf Caught Undisguised On The Factory Floor 7
Aug
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, nissan, Nissan Leaf, Nissan Scoops, Scoops on 08 7th, 2017


Nissan has been slowly teasing the redesigned Leaf but it appears one employee has jumped the gun and posted undisguised photos of the model on Twitter.
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2018 Nissan Leaf Snapped Undisguised During Promo Shoot 1
Aug
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, featured, nissan, Nissan Leaf, Nissan Scoops, Reports, Scoops on 08 1st, 2017


The second-generation, 2018 Nissan Leaf has been snapped completely undisguised for the very first ahead of its reveal in Tokyo on September 6.
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2018 Nissan Leaf Prototype Reveals 265Km (165Miles) Of Driving Range 24
Jul
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, nissan, Nissan Leaf, Nissan Scoops, Scoops on 07 24th, 2017


The second generation Nissan Leaf should have had a total driving range in excess of 200 miles (322km).
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2018 Nissan Leaf Prototype Reveals 265Km (165Miles) Of Driving Range 24
Jul
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, nissan, Nissan Leaf, Nissan Scoops, Scoops on 07 24th, 2017


The second generation Nissan Leaf should have had a total driving range in excess of 200 miles (322km).
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2018 Nissan Leaf Reveals Its Form In Florida 17
Jul
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, nissan, Nissan Leaf, Nissan Scoops, Reports, Scoops on 07 17th, 2017


As Nissan prepares the 2018 Leaf for its premiere on September 6, a reader over at Inside EVs recently stumbled upon two prototypes in Orlando, Florida.
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2018 Nissan Leaf Definitely Looks Better Than The Original 22
Jun
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Autonomous, nissan, Nissan Leaf, Nissan Scoops, Nissan Videos, Scoops, video on 06 22nd, 2017


Nissan’s second-generation Leaf has been spotted with minimal camouflage, giving us a first taste of what to expect from the world’s second best-selling EV.
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2018 Nissan Leaf Definitely Looks Better Than The Original 22
Jun
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Autonomous, nissan, Nissan Leaf, Nissan Scoops, Nissan Videos, Scoops, video on 06 22nd, 2017


Nissan’s second-generation Leaf has been spotted with minimal camouflage, giving us a first taste of what to expect from the world’s second best-selling EV.
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Future Cars: 2018 Nissan Leaf Keeps Things Familiar 25
Mar
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in Electric Vehicles, featured, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, Future Cars, LA Auto Show, nissan, Nissan Leaf, Nissan Scoops, Scoops on 03 25th, 2017


Nissan’s Leaf was a breath of fresh air when launched back in 2010; a modern-looking, compact hatch that helped bring electric motoring within reach of the average consumer. Yet despite strong sales, the competition has stepped up its game with more recent EV entries like Chevrolet’s Bolt.

Not to be left behind, the Japanese manufacturer has been hard at work developing the next generation version. What will it look like and what can we expect? Well let’s delve further:

IDS Concept-Inspired Styling

In 2015, Nissan revealed the IDS autonomous EV concept, which was said to be a strong pointer for the next Leaf. Fast forward to today, and whilst elements of the show car will make into production, the overall look is worlds apart.

Instead, the new EV will be a visual crossbreed between the latest Micra supermini and out-going Leaf. Frontal styling will be headlined by a mono-tooth, V-Motion grille, chiseled lower bumper and wedge-shaped headlamps.

The view from the side will be fairly conventional; tall and stubby proportions, floating roof and a blacked-out C-Pillar up-kink (not too different to the Chevy Bolt) are the go here. Out back, the hatch will be dominated by horizontal thin-wedge tail lamps and a subtle rear diffuser.

Under The Skin

Perhaps the biggest nuisance with the current Leaf is the limited range. At 107 miles, it lags behind Chevrolet’s Bolt (238 miles), the upcoming Tesla Model 3 (at least 215 miles), Hyundai Ioniq EV (124 miles) and BMW’s quirky i3 (114 miles). 
It’s believed that Nissan will remedy this by offering both 40 kWh and 60-kilowatt-hour, lithium-ion battery packs, with the latter providing range well past the 200 mile mark. This should see an increase in performance too, perhaps with the 0-60 sprint nudging into the 7-second bracket for the larger battery version.

Self-Driving Capabilities

At January’s Consumer Electronics Show, Nissan revealed the next-generation Leaf would be equipped with its own ProPilot autonomous driving technology.

This will allow the new Leaf to be operated in self-drive mode, on single lane highway environments. Further updates over time, will extend capabilities to include multi-lane self-driving and a Seamless Autonomous Mobility command centre – for self-drive vehicles caught up in problematic situations.

On The Street

Look for a world premiere of the 2018 Leaf this fall, with pricing, features and specs to be announced at that time. Deliveries are tipped to start before Christmas.

Finally, what do you think – has Nissan done enough to lure more mainstream buyers into the electric car fold? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

By Josh Byrnes

Photo Renderings Copyright Carscoops / Josh Byrnes

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2017 Nissan Note Hybrid Leaked, Complete With Facelift 27
Sep
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, nissan, Nissan Note, Nissan Scoops, Nissan Versa, Scoops on 09 27th, 2016


Just as Nissan is getting ready to expand its eco-friendly vehicle lineup, the first images with a hybrid version of the Note have ended up on the web.
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New Nissan Navara-Based SUV Spied: Could This Be The Next Non-US Pathfinder? 12
Sep
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in nissan, Nissan Frontier, Nissan Navara, Nissan Scoops, Scoops on 09 12th, 2016


We have spotted Nissan testing what looks like the SUV version of the latest NP300 Navara pickup truck.
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New Nissan Navara-Based SUV Spied: Could This Be The Next Non-US Pathfinder? 12
Sep
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in nissan, Nissan Frontier, Nissan Navara, Nissan Scoops, Scoops on 09 12th, 2016


We have spotted Nissan testing what looks like the SUV version of the latest NP300 Navara pickup truck.
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2017 Nissan Rogue Facelift Apparently Makes Early Appearance In Ad 7
Sep
Posted by John Halas in commercials, LA Auto Show, nissan, Nissan Scoops, Nissan Videos, Scoops, video on 09 7th, 2016


Did Nissan show the refreshed 2017 Rogue in its latest Heisman House campaign? It certainly seems so, as the opening shot in (some of) the goofy spots that were created in partnership with ESPN include what we think is the updated Rogue.
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