Introducing Nissan Altima-te AWD on Tracks


Check out a cheesy video below.

Inspired by the all-new 2019 Nissan Altima AWD with standard Intelligent AWD, the Altima-te AWD project vehicle is a sedan unlike anything Nissan has presented before.

A bespoke foam/nautical resin body kid adds wide fenders to allow the tracks to fit(Credit: Nissan)

Nissan is hitting the Montreal Auto Show with a wild, snow-hungry, tracked sedan project that it’s calling “the ultimate expression of all wheel drive.” The Altima-te AWD is an interesting mix of mild and wild, and its massively flared arches actually make it look super tough.

Nissan Altima-te AWD – “the ultimate expression of AWD”(Credit: Nissan)

We’ve seen plenty of tracked car conversions for snow driving from Nissan before, but the concept looks a lot less outrageous when you start out with a Rogue or Pathfinder 4WD. Start out with a sedan – in this case the Altima, which comes standard with AWD in the Canadian market – and the visuals are a lot more interesting.

Just a one-off project car for the moment, the Altima-te AWD puts tracks on all four corners of an Altima sedan(Credit: Nissan)

The Altima-te AWD uses American Track Truck’s Dominator track system, with a 380-mm-wide (15-in), 750-mm-tall (30-in) track at each corner. Getting the tracks to fit a sedan took a fair bit more work than usual, but the resulting 180-mm (7-in) flares on the wheel arches look deadly cool from the right angle, and the extra width at the bottom level gives this thing a wide and aggressive stance. Well, from low down, at least, it has a bit of a dorky look from the side but we’ll give it a pass.

Nissan Altima-te AWD: 30-mm-wide tracks(Credit: Nissan)

The resulting snow tosser sits some 80 mm (3 in) higher than the stock car, with the load bearing chassis dropped by 30 mm (1.2 in), the suspension components raised by 50 mm (2 in), and the geometry corrected to “restore the proper kinematics.”

Nissan Altima-te AWD: body height is raised 3 inches(Credit: Nissan)

It’s a one-off project vehicle for Nissan, and after Montreal it can be expected to do the rounds of North American auto shows.

Source: Nissan

Nissan Altima-te AWD: wicked flared look to the wheel arches(Credit: Nissan)
The Nissan Altima-te AWD looks mean from underneath(Credit: Nissan)
Nissan Altima-te AWD: rides very high compared to its wheel-bearing donor car(Credit: Nissan)
Nissan Altima-te AWD: still looks kinda dorky from the side(Credit: Nissan)