Nissan announces 2014 changes, discontinues Altima coupe, no word on a replacement yet

In lieu of being more than half-way through the 2013 year, manufacturers have begun implementing 2014 model year changes and introductions to their lineups. An example of this would be Nissan, who recently released a press release specifying their changes for the new year.

While there are many designs and updates being applied to Nissan’s lineup for the 2014 year, the biggest change thus far has been the discontinuation of the Altima Coupe. No hints have been given regarding a successor, though Nissan did introduce the Altima coupe for the first time a year after the last generation’s sedan was unveiled. That said, there is a slim chance that we may see another Altima coupe.

Otherwise, several new models join Nissan’s lineup, including the all-new Versa Note hatchback, the NV200 Compact Cargo van, and the next generation Rogue compact crossover SUV.

For full details, check out Nissan’s press release after the jump.

Following a banner 2013 model year that saw the introduction of all-new generations of the Nissan Altima, Nissan Sentra and Nissan Pathfinder, the parade of innovative all-new designs continues for 2014. Leading the way is the right-sized Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo commercial van (on sale now), the stylish entry-level Nissan Versa Note hatchback (on sale now) and the next-generation Nissan Rogue compact SUV (coming late 2013).

Also, the previously announced Pathfinder Hybrid model joins the Pathfinder lineup in the fall. In addition, significant enhancements are offered in 2014 for Altima, Frontier, GT-R (including the limited production Track Edition and upcoming Special Edition Package), Versa Sedan, Xterra and 370Z NISMO.

The 2014 lineup also introduces the all-new NissanConnect℠ Apps smartphone integration platform on several models, including Altima and Sentra, with plans to expand throughout the entire portfolio.

Here is a top-line overview of the changes, followed by more complete “Fast Facts” product information. As always, stay tuned to for the latest updates on Nissan products, pricing and other activities in the United States and around the world.


Nissan Altima
An all-new fifth-generation design – the most innovative Altima ever – was introduced for the 2013 model year. For 2014, the major enhancements include:

– Technology Package replaces previous Navigation Package on 2.5 SV and 3.5 SV grades (late availability) – includes NissanConnect℠ with Navigation, NissanConnect℠ Apps smartphone integration and SiriusXM Travel Link®, plus Blind Spot Warning, Moving Object Detection and Lane Departure Warning
– New Sport Value Package with 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, remote engine start, trunk lid spoiler (2.5 S models)
– New Display Audio Package available on 2.5 S and 3.5 S (late availability) – includes 5.0-inch color display, RearView Monitor, USB port, SiriusXM Satellite Radio (standard on 3.5 S, SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), NissanConnect℠ Apps smartphone integration for iPhone® and Android™, diversity antenna
– New accessory 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
– Gun Metallic exterior color replaces previous Metallic Slate; eight available colors total
– Chrome exhaust finishers added to 2.5 grade
– Improved navigation system capabilities – NissanConnect Apps smartphone integration for iPhone® and Android, SiriusXM Travel Link® (fuel prices, movie times, stock updates, sports scores), SiriusXM Weather, revised button labels
– Standard driver and front passenger visor illumination and extensions on 2.5 S, 2.5 SV and 3.5 S grades (previously part of Convenience Package)
– Rear passenger air conditioning vents added to Convenience Package (from previous standard on SV grade)
– Offered in seven models: Altima 2.5, 2.5 S, 2.5 SV, 2.5 SL with 182-horsepower (179 hp CAL) 2.5-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine and 3.5 S, 3.5 SV and 3.5 SL with 270-horsepower 3.5-liter V6
– Next-generation Xtronic CVT® standard on all models
– Available early August 2013

Nissan Altima Coupe

– Discontinued for 2014

Nissan cube®
The innovative Nissan cube continues to offer unique style and flexibility – with an asymmetrical rear window, refrigerator-style rear door and wide range of personal accessories. The 2014 cube is carried over virtually unchanged from the previous model year:

– Turquoise color replaces previous Bitter Chocolate; eight available colors total
– Offered in two grades: S (6MT and Xtronic CVT) and SL (Xtronic CVT), each powered by a standard 1.8-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine
– Available November 2013

Nissan LEAF
The highly innovative, industry leading Nissan LEAF 100-percent electric vehicle received a number of important enhancements in 2013, including the addition of a new lower priced LEAF S grade, an array of new features for the LEAF SL grade, new option packages with available Around View® Monitor and an available 6.6 kW onboard charger that reduces 220V charging time nearly in half to approximately four hours for a full charge. LEAF’s CARWINGS telematics system includes remote charge and climate control management, the ability to view charging station availability in vehicle from an expanding list of networks, and POIs powered by Google®.
For 2014, additional enhancements include:

– RearView Monitor becomes standard on all grades (previously part of the Charge Package)
– Updated EV-IT functionality with voice destination entry and SMS readout
– Offered in S, SV and SL models
– Available October 2013

Nissan Maxima
Nissan’s flagship Maxima sedan enters the 2014 model year with the following enhancements:

– Addition of a new S Value Package with smoked appearance headlights, HID Xenon headlights, compass in rearview mirror, 18-inch aluminum-alloy Dark Hyper Silver wheels, rear spoiler, fog lights, outside mirrors with integrated turn signals and metallic trim treatment
– Previous Monitor and HID Xenon Packages no longer available
– Standard RearView Monitor, USB connectivity and 7.0-inch color monitor with QVGA display added to SV grade
– Two new exterior colors: Gun Metallic (replaces Dark Gray) and Midnight Garnet (replaces Tuscan Sun); eight available exterior colors total
– Offered in two models, 3.5 S and 3.5 SV, each powered by a 290-horsepower 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 engine mated to an Xtronic CVT® with manual and “DS” (drive sport) modes with available paddle shifters
– Available late August 2013

Nissan Sentra
An all-new seventh-generation design was introduced in fall 2012. Enhancements for 2014 include

– Revised CVT transmission tuning
– Revised steering and suspension tuning
– Sliding front armrest now standard on SL grade and added to SV/SR Driver Package
– New front seat lower cushion storage pockets standard on all models
– Updated NissanConnect℠ with Navigation with all-new NissanConnect℠ Apps smartphone integration for iPhone® and Android, improved voice recognition and one-shot destination entry
– Auto Hazard Warning Signal added
– Offered in seven models, each equipped with a standard 1.8-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine and next-generation Xtronic CVT® (except S 6MT): S 6MT, S CVT, FE+ S, SV, FE+ SV, SR and SL
– Available late November 2013

Nissan Versa Sedan
The second-generation Nissan Versa Sedan continues to redefine entry-level car value with a sophisticated exterior design, well-appointed interior and exceptional room for five adults – including more rear legroom than some mid-size sedans. Enhancements for 2014 include:

– The addition of standard 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and 195/55R16 tires, 4.3-inch LCD audio display and SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately) for Versa Sedan SL models
– New standard 60/40-split fold-down rear seat and key fob trunk release for Versa Sedan SV models
– Addition of tachometer and low rolling resistance tires for Versa Sedan S models (features now standard on all grades)
– Addition of chrome accents (S grade) and brightened silver interior finishers
– All models receive a suspension and steering tuning change, along with revised interior finishers
– Versa Sedan SV and SL models receive a new high-gloss black B-pillar treatment and improved seat comfort (bottom cushion and foam density)
– The optional SV Convenience Package has been revised to add 15-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and tricot fabric headliner to the previous Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, audio upgrade (MP3, aux jack, RDS), map light and front passenger vanity mirror
– The SL Tech Package now includes RearView Monitor plus NissanConnect℠ with Navigation featuring 5.8-inch color touch-screen display, Nissan Voice Recognition for audio and navigation, NavTraffic and NavWeather (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), POIs powered by Google®, Google® Send-to-Car, Streaming audio via Bluetooth® Pandora® radio capability and Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant
– Offered in S, S Plus, SV and SL models
– On sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide

Nissan Versa Note
The 2014 Nissan Versa Note is the fourth of five all-new vehicles being introduced in 2012 and 2013 – following the totally redesigned Altima, Pathfinder and Sentra.

The all-new Versa Note, while sharing many attributes with the second-generation Versa Sedan (introduced in 2012), has its own distinct look, feel and added hatchback utility. It adds the global Note designation for the new generation design, along with an extensive list of key features such as:

– Energetic new exterior styling with steeply sloped windshield and sculpted body panels
– Available Active Grille Shutter
– 40 mpg highway and best-in-class 31 mpg city and 35 mpg combined fuel economy (CVT-equipped models)
– Smart packaging and ample cargo space, with available Divide-N-Hide® Adjustable Floor (adjustable rear load floor height)
– Available NissanConnect℠ with Navigation with 5.8-inch color touch-screen display, Nissan Voice Recognition for audio and navigation, NavTraffic and NavWeather, POIs powered by Google®, Google® Send-to-Car, Streaming audio via Bluetooth® Pandora® radio capability and Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant
– Available RearView Monitor and Around View® Monitor
– Starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)* of $13,990 USD
– Offered in S, S Plus, SV and SV with SL Package
– On sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide

For full information and specification on the all-new 2014 Nissan Versa Note, please visit

* MSRP excludes applicable tax, title, license fees and destination charges. Dealer sets actual price.


Nissan GT-R
Following performance enhancements last year that upped the horsepower and torque of the GT-R’s advanced VR38DETT 3.8-liter twin turbo V6 to 545 hp and 463 lb-ft of torque, the development and refinement of Nissan’s legendary supercar continues for the 2014 model year – including the addition of a new limited production 2-seat GT-R Track Edition*. Enhancements for 2014 include:

– Improved engine response in the mid- and upper-rpm ranges
– Increased body rigidity and specification changes to the shock absorbers, front anti-roll bar and springs that result in a lower center of gravity, resulting in improved high-speed handling and more refined ride comfort
– An aluminum nameplate is added to each engine showing the name of the individual engine builder (every GT-R engine is hand-assembled in a special clean room)
– Addition of a new Premium Interior Package, which features hand-stitched Amber Red semi-aniline leather appointments (front seats only)
– A new red-accented steering wheel is added to Black Edition models
– New GT-R Track Edition features a specially tuned suspension, special brake cooling air guides, front spoiler with carbon fiber air ducts and a lightweight quilted cloth mat where the rear seats usually reside
– Availability of the GT-R Track Edition is limited to 150 units for the United States
– The 2014 Nissan GT-R is offered in three models – GT-R Premium, the GT-R Black Edition and new GT-R Track Edition
– New Special Edition package, featuring special paint and trim, will be available in late 2013 in limited numbers
– On sale now at select GT-R certified Nissan dealerships nationwide

*Damage resulting from racing, competitive driving, track and/or airstrip use not covered by warranty. See your New Vehicle Limited Warranty and Owner’s Manual for proper vehicle operation and complete warranty details.

Nissan 370Z Coupe
The 2014 Nissan 370Z continues to offer extraordinary performance design and an unmatched heritage as one of the most iconic sports cars in automotive history. There are no major enhancements for the 2014 model year.

– Offered in 370Z and 370Z Touring models
– Available now

Nissan 370Z NISMO
The 2014 370Z NISMO, which is set to go on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide this summer, follows the new NISMO design theme with distinctive new exterior and interior accents. Enhancements for 2014 include:

– New dark gray coloring is added to the front and rear fascias, lower side sills, side mirrors and NISMO rear spoiler, with each element (except side sills) featuring NISMO-style red pinstripe accents
– Solid Red replaces the previous Magma Red as one of four 370Z NISMO exterior color choices
– Interior enhancements include the addition of a new steering wheel with Alcantara® appointments and red accents, and a red NISMO tachometer
– Continues to offer 350-horsepower 3.7-liter V6, close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission, sport-tuned suspension and brakes and 19-inch forged aluminum-alloy wheels
– Offered in one fully equipped model
– Available late summer 2013

Nissan 370Z Roadster
Like the 370 Coupe, the 2014 370Z Roadster offers unique design, performance and value – with the added exhilarating sensory experience of an advanced fully automatic convertible design. There are no major enhancements for the 2014 model year.

– Offered in 370Z Roadster and 370Z Touring Roadster models
– Available now


Nissan Armada
The stylish and roomy Nissan Armada once again combines unbridled power, premium interior comfort and a wide range of available technology, making it a standout in the full-size SUV segment. There are no major enhancements for the 2014 model year.

– Offered in SV, SL and Platinum models in 2WD and 4WD drive configurations
– Available September 2013

Nissan JUKE™
The big news regarding Nissan’s popular JUKE SUV continues to be the new JUKE NISMO, which made its debut in spring 2013 at the Chicago Auto Show.

JUKE NISMO features nearly 100 individual revised components, including a NISMO-tuned 197-horsepower 1.6-liter DIG turbo engine, NISMO-tuned suspension, bold aerodynamic styling with a 37 percent improvement in downforce (versus non-NISMO models). The NISMO interior includes deeply bolstered front seats and red accents and lightweight 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Enhancements to the JUKE (non-NISMO) for 2014 include:

– Addition of two new exterior colors: Red Alert and Bordeaux Black (Metallic Bronze is no longer offered)
– Offered in S, SV, SL and JUKE NISMO models (all models available in AWD and FWD)
– Available November 2013

Nissan Murano
Murano, Nissan’s premium crafted crossover, continues as one of the most distinctively styled vehicles in its class both inside and out. Enhancements for 2014 include:

– Graphite interior now available with Tinted Bronze exterior
– Offered in four models: S, SV, SL and LE (all models available in AWD and FWD)
– Available September 2013

Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet
The 2014 Murano CrossCabriolet was introduced in early 2013 calendar year. It continues to provide a unique, all-season perspective on driving as the world’s first all-wheel drive crossover convertible.

– Offered in one fully equipped model
– On sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide

Nissan Pathfinder
After revitalizing sales of the legendary Pathfinder nameplate with the 2013 introduction of an all-new fourth-generation design, Nissan’s iconic SUV takes another major step forward in the 2014 model year with the introduction of the first-ever Pathfinder Hybrid.

At the heart of the new Pathfinder Hybrid – which is offered in 2-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive configurations – is its supercharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor paired to a compact Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery. The Li-ion battery fits under the 3rd row seat so there is no compromise of passenger seating capacity, 2nd or 3rd row legroom or cargo space.

The hybrid system uses a Nissan Intelligent Dual Clutch System (one motor / two clutch parallel system) that efficiently manages power from both the electric motor and the gas engine. The 15 kW electric motor and gas engine work in tandem to provide performance equivalent to the non-hybrid Pathfinder’s 3.5-liter gasoline V6. The system is rated at 250 net horsepower and 243 lb-ft of torque – versus the 3.5-liter V6 ratings of 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque.

In addition to the new Pathfinder Hybrid, enhancements for 2014 include:

– New SL Tech Package, featuring Bose® 13-speaker Premium Audio System, Nissan Navigation System, voice recognition, XM NavTraffic and NavWeather capability (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), Zagat® Restaurant Survey, Bluetooth® Streaming Audio and 8.0-inch color touchscreen monitor
– Offered in four models: S, SV, SL and Platinum (each available in 4WD and 2WD); Pathfinder Hybrid offered in SV, SL and Platinum (4WD and 2WD)
– 3.5-liter V6 models available late summer 2013
– Pathfinder Hybrid available fall 2013

Nissan Quest
For 2014, the boldly styled Nissan Quest again offers a range of family friendly features, including one-touch power sliding doors, quick release fold-flat 2nd and 3rd row seats, Advanced Climate Control System, and an always-available rear storage well. Enhancements for 2014 include:

– Two new exterior colors added: Titanium and Gun Metallic (Twilight Gray, Platinum Graphite and Titanium Beige no longer offered)
– Offered in four well-equipped models: S, SV, SL and LE
– Available August 2013

Nissan Rogue
An all-new generation of Nissan’s popular Rogue compact SUV is set to debut in fall 2013. Full details will be available at a later date.

Nissan Xterra
The adventure-ready 2014 Nissan Xterra continues to combine power, utility, value and authenticity – inspiring and facilitating outdoor enthusiasts to “attack life” wherever they go. Enhancements for 2014 include:

– New 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheel designs for the S and PRO-4X grades
– Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, steering wheel audio controls and sunglass holder (overhead console) added as standard on X and S grades
– Push-type HVAC controls added to X grade
– Heated front cloth seats added as standard on PRO-4X
– Heated leather front seats available on PRO-4X
– Updated NissanConnect℠ with NissanConnect℠ Apps smartphone integration for iPhone® and Android, SiriusXM TravelLink (fuel prices, movie times, stock updates, sports scores) SiriusXM Weather and audio voice recognition
– Upgraded audio system on X grade
– Offered in Xterra X, Xterra S (4×4 and 4×2) and PRO-4X (4×4 only)
– Available October 2013


Nissan Frontier
Nissan Frontier continues to be a leader in the mid-size truck segment, combining premium hardware, extraordinary power and an exceptional level of on- and off-road performance. Enhancements for 2014 include:

– Heated front seats added to the SV VTP package
– Three new available aluminum-alloy wheels designs: 16-inch SV grade, 16-inch PRO-4X grade and 18-inch SL grade
– Manual sliding rear window added as standard on all Crew Cab models (except S)
– Heated front cloth seat available as standard on PRO-4X and optional on SV
– Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, manual air conditioning, cruise control and steering wheel controls (audio, Bluetooth® and cruise control), front sunglass holder, Bluetooth® microphone and upgraded audio system added as standard on S models
– Enhanced navigation system functionality (smartphone integration, enhanced voice recognition and device control, one-shot destination entry)
– NissanConnect℠ Apps smartphone integration for iPhone® and Android, SiriusXM TravelLink (fuel prices, movie times, stock updates, sports scores), SiriusXM Weather
– Offered in both King Cab and Crew Cab body styles and in 4×2 and 4×4 driveline configurations, along with five trim grades: Frontier S (4-cylinder and V6), SV, PRO-4X, Desert Runner and SL (Crew Cab only)
– Available October 2013

Nissan Titan
Titan is again offered in King Cab and Crew Cab body styles with a choice of 4×2 and 4×4 drive configurations, along with two wheelbases (138.9 inches and 159.5 inches) and three bed lengths. There are no major enhancements for 2014.

– Offered in S, SV, PRO-4X and SL models
– Available September 2013


Nissan Commercial Vehicles started business in the United States in spring 2011 after operating in Japan and globally since 1935. The lineup now includes the NV Cargo, the NV Passenger and the all-new NV200 Compact Cargo. The NV Cargo and NV Passenger are assembled in Canton, Mississippi and the NV200 Compact Cargo is assembled in Cuernavaca, Mexico. All three vehicles are sold through a network of 300-plus certified Nissan Commercial Vehicle dealers nationwide. The innovative NV200 “Taxi of Tomorrow” goes into service in New York City in fall 2013.

Nissan NV Cargo
For 2014, the Nissan NV Cargo van again provides exceptional utility – thanks to a long, wide cargo floor, square-top wheelwell housings and nearly vertical sidewalls. Along with maximizing cargo space, the sidewalls accommodate aftermarket storage systems without excessive modification. Enhancements for 2014 include:

– Revised content between S and SV grades
– Tow Mode A/T, Class-IV receiver hitch, 7-pin connector pre-wiring, brake controller pre-wiring and heavy duty battery now standard on all V8 engine-equipped models
– Offered in three innovative versions, NV1500, NV2500 HD and NV3500 HD, and in two roof configurations – Standard Roof and High Roof
– Available January 2014

Nissan NV Passenger
The 4-row/12-passenger Nissan NV3500 HD Passenger Van is offered for both personal and fleet use. It features the most flexible seating configurations in the full-size passenger van segment, along with segment-exclusive roof-mounted curtain supplemental air bags for side-impact and rollover head protection for all outboard passengers, and standard headrests and integrated seat belts for all rear seating positions. Enhancements for 2014 include:

– Tow Mode A/T, Class-IV receiver hitch, 7-pin connector pre-wiring, brake controller pre-wiring and heavy duty battery now standard on all V8 engine-equipped models
– Offered in three well-equipped models, the NV3500 HD S, the NV3500 HD SV, and NV3500 HD SL (V8 engine only)
– Available October 2013

Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo
The all-new NV200 Compact Cargo van – the “next innovation for business” provides large cargo capacity with a small exterior footprint. Launched in the U.S. in spring 2013, it offers an efficient 2.0-liter 16-valve 4-cylinder engine, next-gen gen Xtronic CVT, roomy cargo area (allows for loading standard U.S. 40×48-inch pallets) and 1,500-pound maximum payload. There are no major enhancements for 2014.

– Offered in S and SV models
– Available January 2014

Nissan NV200 Taxi
The Nissan NV200 Taxi is New York City’s “Taxi of Tomorrow.” The product of a unique development collaboration, the NV 200 Taxi reflects the input of hundreds of taxi owners and drivers, and thousands of passengers from all walks of life.

Key features include:

– Ample room for four passengers and their luggage, offering substantial improvements over current taxi models
– Sliding doors with entry step and grab handles, which provide easier entry, and exit and also may lessen risk of pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists getting struck by doors opening unexpectedly
– Transparent roof panel, presenting unique views of the city
– Independently controlled rear air conditioning
– A mobile charging station for passengers, including a 12-volt electrical outlet and two USB ports
– Breathable, antimicrobial, environment-friendly, durable and easy-to-clean seat fabric, simulating the look and feel of leather
– Flat “no hump” passenger floor area for more comfortable ride
– Proven 2.0L 4-cylinder powertrain, engineered to enhance the emission performance and fuel efficiency of the taxi fleet
– Roof-mounted curtain supplemental air bags and driver and front-passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags
– It is scheduled to enter New York taxi fleet in October 2013

– By: Chris Chin


Chris Chin

Chris Chin is the Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech and is a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine.

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