Nissan Altima also known as Teana, after a makeover, has now improved from its mid-sized sedan segment to provide customers with premium experiences and high technologies in the 2014 model year.
Nissan said it is enhancing the Teanaâ€™s package with better value proposition to keep it fresh against increasing competent rivals.
Teanaâ€™s innovatory features are designed to reposition the car way ahead of competitions such as Toyota Camry that underwent full model change recently and the Honda Accord as well as Mazda 6 and the imperious Volkswagen Passat.
The Teana, according to Nissan is in spite of this new twist, affordably priced than its rival and is ultimately the game changer in the increasingly competitive entry D-segment.
â€œWe are simply re-emphasising leadership in the D-segment not only by enhancing class-above premium and thought-provoking technologies but by introducing class-leading driving pleasures,â€ Nissan assured.
Some of Teanaâ€™s distinctive features are to be found in the customizable 3D meter, HMI voice communication and full mobile connectivity, as well as the complete set of around video monitor and intelligent transport system.
The 2014Teana unlike its predecessor comes equipped with a darkened grille slats at the front end which gives the car a bold and sophisticated appearance with seamless bumper and projector type headlights and a duck tail spoiler at the back.
This is in addition to a longer sloping rear roofline and raised trunk that creates a more fluidic silhouette that is supported by a sloped A-pillar angle and a raised waist-line that gives a lower coefficient aerodynamic drag.
And down the flanks, there are additional details such as sculpted side sill covers running beneath the doors as well as blind spot warning (BSW) radar system that warns drivers, using LED lights mounted inside the base of the side mirror.
Nissan also stressed Teana maximum efficiency for its conventional version that constitutes the lightest in this group.
The Japanese automaker said Nissanâ€™s class-exclusive use of a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is to achieve an impressive 76km per gallon on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) highway driving cycle for the 4-cylinder modelbut urged customers who are obsessed with performance to opt for a potent V6, a rare feature in the family sedan category.
Although previous incarnations of the Teana 2.5L featured beige interior along with wood trim that gave it two-tone elegance and luxurious ambience, the 2014 version is a lot more improvement with cabin â€“ black leather seats and dashboard that gives a premium feel.
A change of colour does not however take away the fact that the cabin is spacious with copious amounts of head and legroom even though the Teanastill comes with a wheelbase of 2,775mm.
Mr. Amit Sharma, Head – Sales and Marketing, Stallion NMN, the Nissan national sales distributors also remarked that the Teana is undoubtedly exceptional and comfortable for long drives; and when stuck in traffic through the usually crawling pace he noted; it definitely offers a less fatiguing experience.
He thus described Teana as Nissanâ€™s solution to the market customers needs, adding that the car shows top-level fuel economy and acceleration supported by the CVT with wide gear ratio and less friction and a thicker torque engine.
The Teana though achieves dynamic driving with the support of newly structured Rear Multi â€“ Link active under-steering control and refinement in body rigidity and braking system its highpointis the carâ€™s creamy â€“ smooth engine options of 2.5SV, 2.5Sl or 3.5SL that lets out a pleasantly distinctive rumble when revved.
The 2.5-litre EFI (electronic fuel injection) QR25 petrol engine for instance, has six in-line cylinders fitted with 24 valves and a DOHC (dual overhead camshaft) with the ability to displace close to 2,496cc along with a pounding toque yield of 244Nm, 180ft-ib @ 4000rpm with an incredible 135.7kw and 182bhp @ 6000rpm – a remarkable design for Nigerian roads and traffic conditions.
In addition, Teanaâ€™s VQ35 (3.5SL) engine, which is currently the only engine in the world that has been awarded worldâ€™s 10 Best Engines for 17 consecutive years since 1995 churns out 135.7kw, 340.31Nm and 270bhp at 6400rpm.
Mr. Sharma said beyond Teanaâ€™s remarkable engine configuration, â€œTeanaâ€™s suspension absorbs the shocks from bumps and potholes smoothly just as its dual climate control air conditioning keep occupants pleasurable on thecozy leather seats.â€
The Teana is nevertheless reassuring on safety especially when viewed against the overall crash testing and side crash test which recently earned the car a plush credit in safety.
Teana is sold and serviced in Nigeria by Stallion NMN, the official Nissan sales company with extensively retrained service technicians in multiple auto repair disciplines with experience in Nissanâ€™s cutting edge and ever changing technology.