It’s been almost four years since Nissan Ultima was completely redesigned. As such, it is responsible for a refresh, and this is exactly what these spy shots show. It’s going to be a light, but one that not only updates the styling but also the available infotainment.
External changes are completely confined to the front fascia, especially the grille. Chrome “V” seems to be declining, as is the case with the updated Nissan Kicks and Nissan Pathfinder. The grill mesh no longer appears to be surrounded by it, and continues uninterrupted until the bottom is open. But there’s probably still chrome vestiges in the bars below the headlights, resembling Pathfinder and echoing some of Aria’s design.
Also notable are the outboard grilles. These are much larger than the opening of the current model, and this model does not seem to have any light We would, however, expect that foglights would be placed there on higher prunings.
Moving inwards, the main visible change is the infotainment screen. It looks quite large compared to the 8-inch unit of the current model and has a wide shape ratio. The housing is now a simple rectangle, allowing a thin bezel to form around the screen. A set of shortcut buttons for radio control is at the bottom of the screen, but the dual knobs for volume and tuning have been replaced by a single knob in the middle, probably for volume only, but it can be a multifunction.
No matter how limited the refresh, we expect it to be implemented in the 2023 model year. The engines will be similar to the naturally desired four-cylinder and a variable-compression turbo four-cylinder, both with CVT. We’ll probably see it released by the end of the year, with sales soon.