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2019 Nissan Altima Will Pack Semi-Autonomous ProPilot Assist

But unlike Cadillac's Super Cruise, it won't be hands-free.

Nissan recently teased the all-new 2019 Altima ahead of its reveal at this week’s New York Auto Show, but, aside from a teaser sketch, it chose to keep details of the redesigned sedan closely under wraps. As its Big Apple debut draws closer, the Japanese automaker has announced the 2019 Altima will be equipped with Nissan’s advanced semi-autonomous ProPilot assist, which is currently offered on the Rogue crossover and Leaf EV, as part of its aim to make advanced technology more accessible.

Nissan’s ProPilot technology is designed for navigating stop-and-go traffic and highway driving. Using a front-forward radar, camera, and sensors, activating the assist will maintain a set vehicle speed and distance behind the vehicle in front. Nissan describes ProPilot as a “hands-on driver-assist system,” meaning that, unlike Cadillac’s Super Cruise, drivers will need to keep their hands on the wheel at all times in case they need to intervene. Details about the redesigned Altima are still scarce, but the teaser image released earlier this month suggests the styling will take its cues from the V-Motion 2.0 concept shown in Detroit last year, sporting a similar grille, wheels and LED headlights.

Other reports have suggested it will adopt all-wheel drive for the first time in the model’s history due to the rising popularity of SUVs and crossovers and declining sedan sales. The current fifth-generation Altima, which debuted six years ago at the 2012 New York Auto Show, is available with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline good for 179 hp and a sportier 3.5-liter V6 with 270 horsepower on tap. Both models are mated to a continuously variable transmission, and we expect these powertrains to be carried over in the next-generation model. Alternatively, Nissan could replace the V6 with a turbocharged four-cylinder or a hybrid option.

The Altima is one of the best-selling cars in the US, so expectations will be high for the all-new model. We’ll find out if it lives up this week when the midsize sedan makes its world debut in New York Wednesday March 28.

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