2010 Nissan Altima (source: Nissan via Automotive News)
2009 Nissan Altima (source: Nissan)
2010 Nissan Altima teaser (Automotive News)
When the Automotive news story about the Nissan Altima and Nissan Maxima recall came through my inbox yesterday, my head tilted a bit to one side and I thought to myself, hmmm why is something a bit different looking? "Meh, must be different wheels" I told myself and moved on with my day.
Now it comes to light that the image used in that Automotive News story was an embargoed 2010 Altima. Oops. You see, Nissan only wanted to show the teaser image you see to the right, saving the actual 2010 reveal for a later date.
According to one Altimas.org forum poster, dgreaser3045, some of the changes for 2010 will include,
A restyled hood, grille, front bumper and rear license plate finisher, new 16-inch and 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheel designs, standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), revised interior fabrics and finishers, two new exterior colors and revised option package content. In addition, the Altima 3.5 SE has been renamed the 3.5 SR.
According to that document, the embargo will be lifted on September 30, 2009 and the press will get a crack at the revised lineup in October.
Read my full coverage of Nissan's 2010 lineup by clicking here. I have also posted an article on Nissan's plans for beyond 2010.