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Nissan's next Altima slips out

Nissan’s 2018 redesigned Altima spied on the streets of Metro Detroit. Photo credit: KGP PHOTOGRAPHY

NASHVILLE — Nissan is planning a bit more elegance with the next-generation Altima, judging from spy photos snapped of the car in its final development.

The Altima is due for a redesign for 2018 and Nissan is hoping to capitalize on the midsize sedan’s successful 2012-17 run.

Discernible through the camouflage are less rounded surfaces than the current Altima, and a more pronounced back side. Body sculpting appears to have traces of the Vmotion 2.0 concept car that Nissan showed at this year’s Detroit auto show. Also recalling the Vmotion concept — an aggressively enlarged front grille that takes the brand’s signature front V-motion to a new level.

Nissan’s Vmotion 2.0 concept car, introduced at the 2017 Detroit auto show, hints at the 2018 Altima.

Notable inside are a stand-out display screen with enlarged graphics, and a beefy D-shaped steering wheel.

The current Altima has elevated Nissan’s position in the midsize sedan market. In recent years, the model has rivaled sales of the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord in some months — a result that was unlikely prior to 2012.

The 2018 Altima will also square off against a redesigned Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, and freshened Hyundai Sonata.

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