In-Car Tech

This is the digital instrument cluster in the upcoming Nissan Rogue Sport, Infiniti QX60

A new digital instrument cluster has a home in the 2021 Nissan Rogue.

Photo courtesy of Visteon

Nissan and Infiniti vehicles are getting new instrument clusters as their next-generation designs begin to come to fruition as part of a number of new model rollouts happening over the next year and a half. The fully digital design is made by Visteon, a Tier 1 supplier devoted exclusively to cockpit electronics.

The 12.3-inch screen, currently in the 2021 Nissan Rogue, will be coming to the upcoming Nissan X-Trail (not sold in the U.S.), Nissan Qashqai (known in the U.S. as the Rogue Sport), and Infiniti QX60.

It's a customizable display that displays a digital speedometer and tachometer. It also has "next-level" navigation with high-definition maps, advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) visualization features, and in-vehicle infotainment elements including music and album art.

2021 Nissan Rogue digital instrument clusterThe 12.3-inch cluster features all the vital information needed to pilot the vehicle.Photo courtesy of Visteon

The cluster breaks new ground for Visteon. It is the first one that's fully reconfigurable and that is capable of 60 frames per second for the gauge pointer. It's also the first gauge cluster to utilize CGI Studio as the graphics toolchain and "is the standard-bearer for implementing graphical user interface (GUI) dimming" according to a release.

The 2021 Rogue is on sale this month. It is a complete redesign of one of themost popular SUVs in the country. Its starting price is just $160 higher than that of the outgoing model. In addition to the gauge cluster, the Rogue is loaded with a host of family-friendly features.

Nissan has already bumped up the safety technology level in its existing vehicles, announcing last month that it will have 10 cars, trucks, and SUVs with standard Safety Shield 360 technology for the 2021 model year.

2021 Nissan Rogue digital instrument clusterThe cluster is one of two new screens in the Rogue.Photo courtesy of Visteon

The redesigned Infiniti QX60 will debut soon. In September, the QX60 Monograph debuted giving a look at what can be expected from the exterior of the new SUV. AutomotiveMap has already seen renderings of the exterior and interior of the vehicle. We spill the tea on those here.

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2023 Nissan Leaf pricing announced

The Leaf got a mild facelift for 2023.

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Nissan is nearing the release of the Ariya, its first new EV in several years. Even so, the brand hasn't forgotten about its first mass-market EV, the Leaf. It was an early entrant in the space, and has been an efficient, affordable, commuter car for over a decade. The car got a mild facelift for 2023, with updated wheels and exterior styling accents. Today, Nissan announced pricing for the Leaf, which starts at just under $29,000.

2023 Nissan LeafThe Leaf feels lively, despite middling power numbers.Nissan

The base Leaf comes with a 40-kWh battery capable of delivering a 149-mile range. Its 110-kW electric motor produces 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. The Leaf SV Plus features a 60-kWh battery for a range of 212 miles. It comes with a 160-kW motor that makes 214 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. Nissan backs all Leaf models with an eight-year/100,000-mile battery warranty.

ProPilot Assist comes standard for the Leaf SV Plus, and brings a full suite of advanced driver aids that include adaptive cruise control, driver alertness features, and a surround-view monitor. All Leaf models get Nissan Safety Shield 360, which includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warnings, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts, automatic high beams, and rear automatic braking.

2023 Nissan LeafThe Leaf SV Plus offers up to 212 miles of range.Nissan

The new Leaf starts at $28,895, which includes a $1,095 destination charge. The Leaf SV Plus starts at $36,895. The 2023 Nissan Leaf is on sale now, and may be eligible for federal tax credits of up to $7,500. Depending on where you live, you may also be able to receive a state tax credit or other incentives.

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Comfortable midsize sedan

2022 Nissan Altima: Three things to know

The Nissan Altima is a good value and a comfortable car.

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The Nissan Altima may not get the attention or the praise that the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord get, but it's a solid entry in an ultra-competitive segment. It's also one of few options in its class with available all-wheel drive. We spent a week with the 2022 Nissan Altima SR Midnight Edition with AWD and came away from the experience impressed. Here are three things to know about the car.

The 2022 Nissan Altima is a Good Value

With a starting price in the mid-$20,000 range and available all-wheel drive, it's hard to complain about value here. The Altima is still reasonably priced at the top end, where it maxes out at around $35,000 before options and fees. That's a great value for a spacious, comfortable car like the Altima, and with all-wheel drive it's a great all-weather commuter.

2022 Nissan AltimaNissan offers the Altima in several configurations.Nissan

2022 Altima Interior Space and Comfort are Generous

It's easy to ignore Nissan's Zero Gravity seats as another marketing buzzword, but they are legitimately comfortable and supportive in a way that not many others are. Available leather upholstery and contrast stitching give the interior an upscale feel, but even lower trims' cloth upholstery feels nice and works well from a visual standpoint. Up front, there's room for both passengers to stretch out, and the driver won't feel cramped on leg or headroom. Back-seat passengers get a similar treatment, as there's plenty of space for adults and kids. Parents will find an easy time loading and unloading car seats as well.

2023 Nissan AltimaThe Altima gets an update for 2023 with fresh styling and more tech.Nissan

The 2023 Nissan Altima Gets an Update

Nissan is refreshing the Altima for 2023 with a facelift, new tech, and better safety features. The new car will go on sale in the fall of 2022 and will come in several trims, including one with Nissan's truck VC-Turbo engine. The Altima's most noticeable update will be its front fascia, which is all-new for 2023. Nissan gives the car a fresh grille design that varies depending on the trim, and LED headlights will be standard. Nissan Safety Shield 360 is standard, and the Altima is available with all-wheel drive, ProPilot Assist, and more.

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