2019 Nissan Altima will debut in New York

Hold onto your butts, Accord and Camry.

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Steven Ewing spent his childhood reading car magazines, making his career as an automotive journalist an absolute dream job. After getting his foot in the door at Automobile while he was still a teenager, Ewing found homes on the mastheads at Winding Road magazine, Autoblog and Motor1.com before joining the CNET team in 2018. He has also served on the World Car Awards jury. Ewing grew up ingrained in the car culture of Detroit -- the Motor City -- before eventually moving to Los Angeles. In his free time, Ewing loves to cook, binge trash TV and play the drums.
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Last year, two of America's best-selling cars launched almost simultaneously. The Honda Accord and Toyota Camry both hit the market, with the former taking top honors as 2018's North American Car of the Year. But that pair of midsize sedans  is about to get some stiff competition in the not-too-distant future. A brand-new Nissan Altima is coming, and we'll see it at the New York Auto Show next month.

No other details are available as of this writing, Nissan only confirming the Altima's debut in a very brief statement: "New Yorkers have always loved the Altima, making the Northeast region the most popular market for Nissan's best-selling sedan and NYIAS the ideal place to reveal the next generation."

Of course, we don't expect Nissan to shake up the Altima formula too drastically. Expect four-cylinder power on the base end, and maybe a V6 for higher-zoot models. The latest driver assistance technology -- maybe even Nissan's semiautonomous ProPilot system -- should be part of the Altima package, with pricing likely starting in the low-$20,000 range.

We'll have the full details next month. Stay tuned.