>> When I first saw the new Altima Coupe on the Auto Show circuit I was smitten. Of course that was the V6 with big wheels and tires. Here's what they sent us-an inline 4 with donut wheels. Well let's go inside where I suspect the story gets better as we check the deck.
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>> Now inside our Altima Coupe, this is a pre-production car by the way so you know little minor things might be changing. Here's our Bose Audio System; that's an upgrade from the base rig. The base car's gonna be AM-FM, CD, six speakers around the cabin. This optional system which is part of a package is AM-FM, six disc internal changer, you see I've got MP3 logo right there, it also reads WMA discs, nine speakers around the cabin, two subs. Now in terms of peripherals if you don't like the six discs you put in the dash, well first of all go buy some new discs, but then you've also got XM radio; it's right here under the band switch AM-FM XM is the toggle sequence. Your AUX button is right next to that; that will switch on the auxiliary input which is right over here that comes in this car. Now here on the steering wheel you see the evidence that we do have an integrated Bluetooth hands-free kit, that's this button right here and that also is available as part of a package. Notice our transmission. I've got a six-speed manual here but you can also get this car in a different trim level that would have an X-tronic CDT or continuously variable transmission. Now let me talk about some stuff we don't have to show you in our car which is available. There's a Tech package that's gonna bring you a 6-1/2 inch LCD navigation screen, DVD based for its data, touch screen and voice activated, plus it has dedicated buttons on the wheel for doing navigation options so it's kind of a nice rig, and if it's like previous Nissan products, it's pretty good if I recall properly. Oh by the way if you get the Technology package with the NAV screen and all of that, that also gives you a rear view camera as part of the bundle. I'm curious about this; I'm not sure if you get a manual transmission, if the rear view camera is available; I imagine it is but I don't think I've ever seen a car with a manual gearbox and a rear view camera so that would be kind of novel. I usually associate that with putting an automatic into the R position. Now Nissan is well-known for their V6 in the 3 literish class. That's what we would have liked in this car with the variable valve timing and variable induction runners, delivering 270 horsepower and 258 foot pounds. But our test car had the rather uninteresting 2-1/2 liter inline 4 delivering 175 horse. Let's price our Altima Coupe. Now we would absolutely get the 3.5 V6; that base is a 24970 or 500 more if you want the X-tronic CDT transmission. Then there are two major packages for your Tech toys. The premium package will get you the Bose Audio System and the Bluetooth hands-free rig, as well as a bunch of luxury items for 3200 dollars. On top of that, 2000 more will get you the Tech package and that brings you the touch screen DVD NAV system with XM traffic and also lumps in the rear view camera.
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