NISSAN NEW CAR MODEL GUIDE
car collection for 2006 features powerful sedans
in three sizes with flagship Maxima, mid-size
Altima and a compact called Sentra. Lastly, Nissan
constructs the two-seat 350Z sports car as a slinky
hatchback coupe or racy drop-top roadster.
Concepts for Nissan's four-door flagship sedan
came from designers in Japan, but assembly occurs
in the United States at a Nissan manufacturing
plant in Tennessee. Maxima for 2006 packs class-topping
V6 power with two trims that vary in suspension
tuning. The sport-oriented 3.5 SE uses a performance-tuned
suspension for tight handling control, while the
comfort-oriented 3.5 SL has cushy settings for
a luxurious ride quality.
sophisticated 3.5-liter V6, with dual cams and
a drive-by-wire throttle, scores at 265 hp. For
3.5 SE trim, the engine connects to a smooth electronic
automatic five-speed transmission with manual
shift mode or a six-speed close-ratio manual stick.
For elegant 3.5 SL, the V6 employs a four-speed
automatic with gated shifter. Maxima's cockpit
with standard glass-paneled roof supplies front
bucket seats and a three-place rear bench, although
the Elite Package on 3.5 SE puts buckets in front
Nissan's mid-size Altima sedan looks bold with
an aggressive prow with smoked headlamps and a
wedge-shaped profile marked in crisp character
lines. The cabin, with front bucket seats and
a rear bench for three, is a plush space with
chrome accents on dash and doors plus standard
features like power windows and power door locks
or a six-speaker audio system with AM/FM/CD.
skews to multiple trims in 2006 as described by
the size of two engine options. An entry model
and two upgraded issues carry a dual-cam 2.5-liter
in-line-four plant with 175 hp and line up as
Altima 2.5, mid-grade 2.5 S and deluxe 2.5 with
SL Package. Altima 3.5 SE and 3.5 SL earn Nissan's
3.5-liter V6 for 250 hp. Four new packages of
gear show up in 2006 like the 2.5 Special Edition
Package or a Luxury Package.
Nissan reserves the SE-R designation for special
editions with racy aero body elements and boosted
power. The Altima SE-R special issue carries Altima's
3.5-liter V6 engine, although a modular cylinder
head design, continuously variable valve timing
and variable induction system come together to
boost output to 260 hp. Also, the shifter upgrades
to a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic/MSM.
Suspension enhancements include tuned front struts
and rear shocks with stiffer springs and thicker
stabilizer bars. And special bodywork applies,
like deep fascias front and rear, xenon high intensity
discharge (HID) headlights, side sill spoilers
and a tail spoiler plus dual chrome exhaust tips.
the cabin, SE-R upgrades to sport buckets with
perforated leather inserts, aluminum pedals, a
three-pod cluster of analog gauges atop the center
dash stack, and a Bose premium audio system with
eight speakers and six-disc CD changer.
The compact-class sedan from Nissan, scaled smaller
than flagship Maxima and mid-size Altima, borrows
styling cues from both in a slick package loaded
with features for comfort, practicality and safety.
Styling concepts for Sentra came from Nissan's
California design studio, with engineering work
derived from the Nissan Technical Center in Japan
and Nissan Research and Development in California,
Michigan and Arizona. Assembly occurs by Nissan
Mexicana in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
for 2006 list the Sentra 1.8 and Sentra 1.8 S.
Each stocks a dual-cam 1.8-liter four-cylinder
engine racked to 126 hp and teamed with a five-speed
manual transmission or optional four-speed automatic.
In the cabin there's generous space with two bucket
seats mounted up front and a split-and-fold bench
in back. Sapphire Blue and Sunburst are two new
paint shades on Sentra's 2006 color chart.
Special SE-R editions spin off Nissan's sporty
compact in two versions, SE-R and SE-R Spec V.
Both carry a raucous engine, although ten more
power points apply to the Spec V. A unique front
fascia, styled after Nissan's exotic and powerful
Skyline GTR sports sedan, adds a crisp mesh grille
and round foglamps. Body-colored sills stretch
toward the pavement along each side, while at
the tail a winged spoiler flies off the trunk's
the series is Nissan's dual-cam 2.5-liter four-pack
that hits 165 for the SE-R or 175 hp for Spec
V. The Spec V also gets sporty hardware like a
six-speed manual shifter, limited-slip differential,
four-wheel disc brakes and tighter suspension
tuning. A Brembo Brake Package for high performance
shows up on the option sheet. Also, the Audio
Fanatic Package adds a six-disc CD changer.
Nissan's Z-car returns in 2006 as a sleek two-door
hatchback coupe or curvy roadster convertible.
Each shows revamped bodywork with more equipment
aboard and the V6 engine spiked to 300 hp with
manual transmission models. On the prow stylists
revised Z's bumper, headlamps and grille, then
made 18-inch aluminum wheels standard for all
the coupe comes in many models -- 350Z 6MT, Enthusiast
6MT, Enthusiast 5AT, Performance 6MT, Touring
5AT, Touring 6MT plus Track 6MT. And new 350Z
Grand Touring adds nose and tail spoilers, Brembo
brakes and a vehicle dynamic control (VDC) system.
Z as a roadster offers two flavors -- Enthusiast
and Touring. A power-operated soft top on the
roadster lowers the lid in 20 seconds. All Z-cars
stock Nissan's 3.5-liter V6. New gear for all
includes bi-xenon HID headlights, speed sensitive
power steering, revised HVAC controls and fresh
paint shades like Interlagos Fire.
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