When Nissan unveiled the Nissan Altima in the USA little did we know that it was basically going to be launched as a next generation Teana in China, so we didn’t pay much attention to it.
It was quite a shocker when the Dongfeng-Nissan joint venture launched the car as a Teana in February this year. It would make sense – we can see that Nissan is revamping it’s car line-up to consist of an increasing amount of ‘global cars’ that will allow better economies of scale, and the Teana must be next in line.
I took the opportunity to check out this Nissan Altima that was being exhibited at the 2013 Seoul Motor Show this week. This particular car has more similiarities to how our Malaysian market Teana was specced at launch time – with a vast expanse of beige all over the interior, a much more conservative design compared to the sporty black trim of the Dongfeng-Nissan Teana’s studio pix. This particular car is a 2.5 litre model (now using a 4 cylinder instead of a V6) and comes equipped with a Bose sound system.
Interior ergonomics have had a massive improvement. From the interior photos in our gallery you can see that the front door pockets have a much more usable design now, there are more storage areas for the driver, the front cupholders are now better positioned with nice chrome rings around them, and the steering wheel audio buttons are now alot more conventionally positioned.