“Everybody else has one!” Whether it’s a BB gun, a PlayStation, or a two-door version of a mid-size family car, the argument that so often prevails with parents seems to be just as effective with major automakers.
Honda and Toyota sell coupe versions of the Accord and the Camry (although Toyota obfuscates that by calling theirs the Solara), so naturally Nissan is adding a two-door variant to its new Altima lineup. Shorter and shapelier than the four-door Altima, the coupe will use the same 2.5-liter four and 3.5-liter V-6 engines, either of which can be paired with a six-speed manual gearbox or a CVT.
Nissan contrasts the two-door Altima’s coupelike profile with the more sedanish two-doors from Toyota and Honda. But Nissan really is hoping that the Altima coupe will perform like its competitors, in that it will give Nissan’s mainstream mid-size car the sales boost it needs to put it on par with the Accord and the Camry, whose two-door versions bolster sales by roughly 25 percent. You can see why Nissan would want that, too.
Pre-ordering for the coupe has now begun, meaning that pricing has been announced. The cheapest model, equipped with a six-speed manual transmission and 2.5-liter four-cylinder, will start at $20,490, while a continuously variable transmission (CVT) come at a price of $500 more. True thrills will cost $24,890, which is the price of a 3.5-liter VQ-series engine equipped model with a six-speed manual. Again, a CVT will cost an extra $500. For a car that looks like a Nissan-badged Infiniti G37, that’s a great price. We think they’ll have no problem selling.