(autoinsidernews) - Nissan unveiled its new 2007 Nissan Altima Coupe at the Los Angeles Auto Show today. Looking a lot like its Infiniti G35 cousin, the Altima Coupe has a shorter wheelbase, shorter length, and is shorter in height than the Altima sedan. The Coupe rides on a 105.3-inch wheelbase, 4.0 inches shorter than the Sedan. Overall length is 182.5 inches 7.1 inches less than the Sedan, and is 2.5 inches shorter than the Sedan. The Altima Sedan a Coupe share a single body panel the hood all other panels, grille, headlights and rear lights are unique to the Altima Coupe.
Rather than just eliminating two doors from the Altima Sedan, we gave the Altima Coupe its own style, its own dimensions and its own interpretation of Nissan's exhilarating driving pleasure, said Bill Bosley, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, reports Trend.
The 2008 Nissan Altima Coupe is targeted directly at the Honda Accord Coupe and Toyota Solara. The Altima Coupe will come to battle with either a 170-hp, 2.5L four-cylinder or the next-generation of Nissan's award winning 3.5L VQ Series V6 rated at 270-hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines are available with either an Nissan's Xtronic CVT or 6-speed manual.
While sharing much of the design and features with the new Altima Sedan, the Coupe has a more driver-centered interior, with unique sport front seats with more side bolstering, in-board release lever and front kangaroo pouches. All Altima Coupes also utilize a parking brake hand lever (versus foot release for Altima Sedans with CVT).
Nissan didn't release any pricing details, but the Altima Coupe will arrive in showrooms as a 2008 model in summer 2007.