Nissan had already launched the all-new 2019 Altima in the Middle East earlier this year. Buyers in the region will now also have access to the popular sedan with a 2.0-litre VC-Turbo engine.

The world’s first variable compression turbo production engine replaces Altima’s previous 3.5-litre V6 mill. Performance has gone up, and so has fuel economy. The car also introduces an elevated luxury experience through its interior. Coupled with a choice between two powertrains and assisted by Nissan Intelligent Mobility features, the Altima makes a stronger case for itself than before.

Nissan Altima 2.0-liter VC-Turbo engine

The 2019 Nissan Altima was already one of the segment bestsellers. With the addition of a VC-Turbo engine, it has become way more advanced than its peers.

"Combining the car’s exhilarating style, cutting-edge performance, and affordable luxuriousness, we are confident that the engine advancements made to the existing model will further increase demand for one of the region’s most popular product lines,” said Thierry Sabbagh, Managing Director at Nissan Middle East.

The VC-Turbo Engine

The highlight offering of the all-new Nissan Altima sits beneath the hood: a 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-four engine that makes 248hp and 336Nm. However, its party trick lies in its ability to change compression values inside the combustion chamber to extract the best performance and efficiency. Under development for over 20 years, the VC-Turbo is a next-generation combustion engine design that continuously calibrates compression ratio to optimize power and fuel efficiency.

The VC-Turbo offers a double-digit percentage increase in fuel economy. In operation, it can vary the chamber compression ratio between 8:1 (for high performance) and 14:1 (for improved efficiency). The VC-Turbo’s specific power output (or power density) is higher than comparable turbocharged petrol engine, nudging the performance spectrum of V6 motors.

The VC-Turbo makes powertrain packaging much simpler. It occupies less space than the Altima’s old V6 under the hood. An integrated exhaust manifold in the cylinder head results in the engine having compact dimensions, improving turbo response and enabling the catalytic converter to heat up quicker for lower emissions. NVH levels are also lower compared to the 3.5-litre V6.

vc turbo engine

True to its name, the VC-Turbo engine can vary its compression ratios to achieve maximum performance or efficiency, as and when necessary.

2019 Nissan Altima: Trim Levels

The all-new Altima VC-Turbo is available in two trims. The SV variant comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, 8-inch infotainment touchscreen with display audio, voice recognition, Bluetooth telephony, Apple CarPlay, Wi-Fi, eight-way power seats, and available sunroof. Nissan’s onboard Intelligent Mobility package includes Intelligent Cruise Control, Blind Spot Warning, Cross-Traffic Alert, Forward Emergency Brake, and Predictive Forward Collision Warning.

A notch above sits the SL with 19-inch alloy wheels, LED lighting on both ends with DRL signatures adorning the headlamps, leather seats with memory function, available e-parking brake – all of this in addition to the SV’s equipment. The NIM package aboard the SL gives you optional Around View Monitor, Lane Departure Warning and Prevention, High Beam Assist, Pedestrian Forward Emergency Brake along with Forward Collision Warning.

Thierry Sabbagh, Managing Director at Nissan Middle East, said, “As part of Nissan’s steadfast commitment on delivering ground-breaking technology to uplift user-experience, we are thrilled to announce availability of the improved VC-Turbo engine in our all-new 2019 Nissan Altima model in the Middle East.

“Combining the car’s exhilarating style, cutting-edge performance, and affordable luxuriousness, we are confident that the engine advancements made to the existing model will further increase demand for one of the region’s most popular product lines.”

The 2019 Nissan Altima VC-Turbo is priced at AED 110,000 for the SV trim while the SL trim costs AED 127,000 in the UAE (before taxes).