New for 2015: Nissan Cars
New for 2015: Nissan Cars
2015 Nissan Cars Overview
With the exception of the funky and now-discontinued Cube, all of Nissan's regular sedan, hatchback, coupe, and convertible models return for 2015. Well, that's not entirely true--the aging Maxima, slated for replacement in 2016, will continue to be available as a 2014 model long after New Year's Eve parties have been enjoyed and new calendars have been hung.
As for Nissan's most popular family-friendly 4-door, the Altima, it is mostly unchanged, though the upper trim levels boast extra equipment and engineers have made tweaks that contribute to better fuel economy. The smaller Sentra sedan also features a more ample serving of standard features, along with new colors and option packages. This trend continues with the Versa sedan, and the fully electric 2015 Nissan Leaf.
Models that challenged the status quo include the 2015 370Z, which adds four new trim levels, revised suspension, and, for the first time, an optional automatic transmission for Nismo variants; the 2015 GT-R, a sports car that's now quieter than before, has been re-engineered to deliver greater handling and braking capabilities, and is available in 600-horsepower Nismo livery; and, at the other end of the spectrum, the compact and ultra-affordable 2015 Versa Note, featuring new SR and SL trim levels.
Offered in 2-door coupe and convertible body styles, the 2-passenger Nissan 370Z returns for 2015 with revised suspension tuning, new standard audio system, and several new trim levels. Among them is the Nismo Tech coupe, which features a 7-in. touch-screen navigation system, rearview camera, Bose audio, satellite radio, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Power for the rear-wheel-drive 2015 Nissan 370Z comes from a 3.7-liter V-6 engine.
- Sport, Sport Tech, Nismo Tech, and Touring Sport trim levels debut
- Retuned suspension
- Added standard features, including Bluetooth connectivity
- Upgraded audio system
- Black 18-in. alloy wheels on base and Touring models
- Updated styling (Nismo)
- Nismo now available with an automatic transmission
Nissan's popular midsize sedan has seen a number of noteworthy tweaks for 2015, including a slight fuel-economy gain for the available V-6, power front passenger seat with 4-way adjustment for top-of-the-line 2.5 SL and 3.5 SL variants, and a standard smartphone-linked navigation system in the 2015 Altima 3.5 SV and Altima 3.5 SL. Those premium trim levels also now boast standard blind-spot monitoring and lane-departure warning technology.
- Improved fuel economy
- Standard navigation system and added safety features on 3.5 SV and 3.5 SL trims
- Revised interior color combinations
- Automatic climate control paired with remote start system
- SL models add power passenger seat
It's difficult to imagine how one goes about making a supercar more super, but that's a feat Nissan has seemingly pulled off with its all-wheel-drive 2015 GT-R. In addition to 545-horsepower Premium and Black Edition models, the company is offering a new GT-R Nismo version that offers drivers 600 horsepower complemented by special body and chassis upgrades.
- 600-horsepower Nismo trim level
- Retuned chassis to improve handling and braking performance
- LED headlights
- Quieter cabin
- Regal Red paint color
- Optional hand-stitched Ivory interior