The next-generation Nissan Altima midsize sedan is expected to be released next year and its being reported that Nissan has some big changes in store to improve its fuel economy ratings.
The new Altima is slated to get a new CVT that will improve its fuel efficiency by 10 percent over the current transmission. Nissan is also planning to introduce its first in-house hybrid drivetrain for front-wheel-drive cars in the Altima. The current Altima hybrid uses a Toyota-based system, but the next-gen Altima will get a hybrid system based on the hybrid powertrain in the rear-wheel-drive Infiniti M hybrid. The Altima hybrid will use a two-clutch, one-motor system mated to a supercharged 4-cyl engine.
The future of the Altima hybrid was in question when Nissan recently announced plans to stop selling the current Altima hybrid at the end of this year. The next Altima hybrid is due in 2013.