In a weird turn of events, a full picture of Nissan's 2010 Altima was leaked to the web on the same day the company issued a recall for 26,398 Altimas and Maximas.
The recall covers 2009 and 2010 models (including pre-production Altima prototypes) equipped with faulty metal upper strut insulators manufactured by China's Trelleborg Automotive Americas. According to a statement, the insulator could crack and allow the strut rod to come out of its housing, which could damage other suspension components and lead to an accident.
Regardless, the 2010 Altima receives a modest facelift with a revised front bumper, a new hood, and an updated grille with additional chrome detailing. Other changes include new wheels, revised head- and taillights, and a more pronounced side body crease.
In terms of technology, the Altima is expected to offer a 4.3-inch HDD navigation system (with iPod connectivity), xenon headlights, and a 9 GB audio system.
Engine options will likely carryover, meaning we can expect a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 175 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque as well as a 3.5-liter V6 with 270 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.
The 2010 Altima is scheduled to go on sale next month, so official information will likely be released in the coming days.
Thanks to Christian for the tip!