The 2-door Nissan Altima Coupe, like its 4-door Altima Sedan stablemate, offers high quality and high value – while adding an extra touch of aggressive coupe styling for Altima customers seeking a more personal expression of individuality and sporty appearance. The Altima Coupe’s unique exterior design stands out in a crowd of sedan-based 2-door models with its magnetic, perfectly proportioned styling. It features a shorter wheelbase, shorter overall length and lower height than the Altima Sedan. The smaller size and lighter overall weight also contribute to the Coupe’s sportier driving feel.
For 2012, Altima Coupe is again available in 2.5 S and 3.5 SR trim levels, equipped with 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder and 3.5-liter V6 engines, respectively, and each offered with a choice of a 6-speed manual transmission or Nissan’s advanced Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission).
A Highly Distinctive Coupe Design
Dimensionally, the Altima Coupe rides on a 105.3-inch wheelbase, a full 4.0 inches shorter than the Altima Sedan. Overall length is 180.9 inches – nearly 10 inches less than the Sedan. The Coupe also has a lower profile – at 55.9 inches it is 2.1 inches lower than the Sedan. In terms of major body panels, the two cars share only a common hood, with all other panels, grille, headlights and rear combination lights unique to the Altima Coupe.
Again in 2012, Altima Coupe’s exterior is highlighted by its signature hood, grille and front bumper, along with projector beam headlights and standard 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Altima 3.5 SR models offer standard 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with Michelin P235/45R18 tires.
Eight exterior colors are offered for 2012: Metallic Slate, Red Alert, Crimson Black, Brilliant Silver, Super Black, Navy Blue, Ocean Gray and Winter Frost.
The Altima Coupe’s accommodating, driver-oriented interior includes unique sport-style front seats with more side support (versus Altima Sedan), in-board release lever and front seat storage pockets and a 60/40 split and fold-down rear seat. The Altima Coupe also offers a variety of interior fabrics and finishers, including a red leather-appointed interior color selection and a Blond interior color.
Altima Coupe’s instrument panel features a Fine Vision gauge display with white illumination for enhanced readability and the L-shaped flow of the instrument panel to the center console adds to the driver-oriented cockpit feel. The center console includes a double front cup holder, among the many convenient cup and bottle areas and storage compartments. All Altima Coupes also utilize a parking brake hand lever (versus foot release for Altima Sedans).
Also available are an array of entertainment and technology features. The premium audio system includes a 4.3-inch color display, USB port with iPod® connectivity, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, MP3/WMA CD-ROM playback and XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately). A RearView Monitor is also offered with the Premium Packages (2.5 S and 3.5 SR CVT models, standard on 3.5 SR 6MT).
Another advanced technology is the available touch-screen Nissan Hard Drive Navigation System with 6.5-inch VGA color display, USB port with iPod® connectivity, Hands-free Phone System, Bluetooth® Streaming Audio, advanced map data including speed limit advisories, Zagat Survey® restaurant guide, XM NavTraffic® and XM NavWeather Real-Time Traffic Information (XM® subscription required, sold separately) and an RCA input for auxiliary audio/video connectivity.
Altima Coupe comes equipped with a number of standard safety features, including the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt sensors and an occupant classification sensor, front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags and roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection.
Other standard equipment includes front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters, front seat Active Head Restraints, the LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren), Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Traction Control System (TCS) and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
Under Altima Coupe’s sophisticated exterior design is Nissan’s advanced “D” platform. A number of items help to virtually eliminate torque steer on the Altima Coupe, including suspension geometry, an engine placement that is lower in the subframe and equal-length half-shafts that have equal angles and are more parallel to the ground (than the previous platform design). The rear multi-link independent suspension design separates the rear shocks and springs for reduced friction and the shocks are in line with the center of the rear wheels, providing better damping and less harshness. Front and rear stabilizer bars are standard. The Altima suspension has been specially tuned for use with the Altima Coupe.
Ample power is supplied from a choice of two engines and two transmissions. The 3.5-liter 24-valve DOHC V6 is rated at 270 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque and offers strong acceleration and refined sound quality.
The 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve QR25 inline 4-cylinder produces 175 horsepower (170 hp CAL) and 180 lb-ft of torque (175 lb-ft CAL). This engine has been refined (from the previous version), with a larger, equal-length intake manifold, increased compression ratio and reduced friction characteristics. It features a silent chain drive and a balancer system that effectively reduces vibrations without taking up much space – combining ideal packaging and smoothness.
Both engines feature continuously variable valve timing, modular engine design, microfinished crank journals and cam lobes, molybdenum coated lightweight pistons and electronically controlled throttles. The 3.5-liter V6 and 2.5-liter 4-cylinder models are each available with Nissan’s advanced Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission) or 6-speed manual transmissions.
The V6 CVT features a “Sport” mode controller with a high-speed central processing unit and Adaptive Shift Controller with adaptive logic for faster shifting in both automatic and manual modes. The adaptive logic feature adjusts the shift pattern based on the driving environment and driver’s actions.
Also contributing to Altima Coupe’s sporty performance feel are a standard twin-orifice vehicle-speed-sensitive power rack-and-pinion steering system and 4-wheel disc brakes with standard 4-wheel, 4-channel, 4-sensor Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist.
Four Well-Equipped Models
The 2012 Altima Coupe is available in four well-equipped models: 2.5 S 6MT, 2.5 S CVT, 3.5 SR 6MT and 3.5 SR CVT.
In addition to the many standard features of the 2.5 S models, the 3.5 SR CVT adds the 270-hp 3.5-liter V6, 8-way power driver’s seat, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with P235/45R18 Michelin all-season tires, power glass moonroof with sliding sunshade, leather-wrapped steering wheel and steering wheels audio controls, fog lights, auto on/off headlights, heated sideview mirrors with integrated turn signals, dual illuminated vanity mirrors, unique exhaust tailpipe finisher, driver’s seat manual lumbar support and wood-tone finishers (Blond interior).
The 3.5 SR 6MT also includes leather-appointed seating, leather-wrapped gearshift knob, heated front seats, Bose® AM/FM/CD audio with 9 speakers, 4.3-inch color display, RearView Monitor, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, USB Port with iPod® Connectivity, XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately), MP3/WMA CD-ROM playback compatibility, HomeLink® Universal Transceiver, Temperature Control and High Intensity Discharge (HID) Xenon headlights.
Additional 3.5 SR 6MT equipment includes compass, mood lighting, metallic texture finishers, and Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control and High Intensity Discharge (HID) Xenon headlights.
Available equipment packages include the 2.5 Convenience Package (2.5 S) with 8-way power driver’s seat with manual lumbar adjustment, auto on/off headlights, leather-wrapped steering wheel, wood tone trim finishers for Blond interior and more; and the 2.5 S Premium Package (2.5 S) with Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control, power sliding glass moonroof, Bose® AM/FM audio system with 9 speakers, 4.3-inch color display, RearView Monitor, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, USB Port with iPod® Connectivity, XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately), MP3/WMA CD-ROM playback compatibility and more.
The Leather Package (2.5 S CVT, 3.5 SR CVT, standard on 3.5 SR 6MT) includes leather-appointed seating, heated front seats, leather-wrapped gear shift knob, High Intensity Discharge (HID) Xenon headlights, auto-dimming rearview mirror, HomeLink® Universal Transceiver and more.
The optional 3.5 SR Premium Package (3.5 SR CVT, standard on 3.5 SR 6MT) adds Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control, Bose® AM/FM audio system with 9 speakers, 4.3-inch color display, RearView Monitor, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, USB Port with iPod® Connectivity, XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately), MP3/WMA CD-ROM playback compatibility and more. Finally, the Technology Package adds the Nissan Hard Drive Navigation System, DVD player and more.
The 2012 Altima Coupe is assembled at the Nissan North America – Smyrna and Decherd, Tennessee Manufacturing.