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2019 Nissan Altima packs VC-Turbo and naturally aspirated power

We test Nissan's updated powertrains from behind the wheel of a pre-production 2019 Altima.

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Steven Ewing

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The 2019 Nissan Altima will go on sale in late 2018.

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This is the sporty-ish Altima SR with the 2.0-liter VC-Turbo engine.

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The VC-Turbo engine makes 248 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque.

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The 2019 Altima will also be offered with a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated engine.

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The 2.5-liter engine makes 188 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque.

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The 2.5-liter Altima can be had with all-wheel drive.

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Some 95 percent of the 2.5-liter engine's parts are new.

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The VC-Turbo engine was first seen in the Infiniti QX80.

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"VC" stands for variable compression, because this engine can change its compression rate based on throttle demand.

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