MONT-TREMBLANT, Quebec — All-wheel drive comes to the Nissan Altima with the model's 2019 redesign, and while that's big news for the U.S. market, it's an even bigger deal in the Great White North, where all Altimas are so equipped. To herald the news, Nissan had built what it calls the Altima-TE, an AWD Altima outfitted with snow tracks, and we recently had a chance to drive it. "Altimate" ... get it?
The tracks are 30 inches tall, and although the car's standard suspension travel is retained, the tracks necessitated raising the ride height by three inches. It's not unlike the Nissan "370Zki" we drove in February of last year, in concept if not execution. The result is a big climb up to get in, but once inside, the interior is standard Altima. The powertrain is unmodified, which means even this AWD Altima sends 100 percent of its torque to the front wheels — er, tracks — unless it detects slippage (which seems unlikely in this application).
A civil engineering survey in Japan shows a recent tanker crash damaged railway tracks on a bridge that leads to a major airport. The accident was caused by a typhoon.
Typhoon Jebi sent powerful gusts across western Japan on Tuesday, sweeping the vessel into the bridge that links the mainland and Kansai International Airport.
Nissan isn’t showing a new 370Z at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, but it does have an interesting Z-related product it’s preparing to bring. We’re not entirely sure what the so-called Nissan ‘370Zki’ is, but we think we’ve got a pretty good idea. Judging by the teaser image and video Nissan sent over today, it seems as though they’ve stuck bolted snow tracks to the rear of 370Z and skis to the front, creating an especially sporty looking, two-seater snowmobile of sorts. Nissan hasn’t confirmed that’s what the 370Zki is, but we can’t imagine what else the automaker could do to the sports car to justify such a name.
This won’t be the first time Nissan has put tracks on its vehicles to wow the crowds in Chicago. At the 2016 show, the automaker installed tracks on the Murano and Rogue crossovers, creating the Murano and Rogue Winter Warrior Concepts. What about the GT-R, Nissan?