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Nissan Motor introduces its all-new sixth-generation Altima. [NISSAN MOTOR]

Nissan Korea quietly launched the sixth-generation Altima in the local market amid growing calls among Koreans to boycott Japanese goods.

The new Altima, taking design cues from the Nissan V-motion 2.0 concept car, is 25 millimeters (0.98 inches) longer, 25 millimeters shorter and 25 millimeters wider than its predecessor, the Korean unit of the Japanese automaker said in a statement Tuesday.

With increased width and length, the all-new Altima offers drivers better surrounding views and a sportier look than the previous generation.

“The new Altima is a signature midsize Nissan sedan that has a combination of sensual design works and the automaker’s innovative technologies,” said Nissan Korea CEO Huh Sung-joong in a statement.

The new sedan, available in three trims, also comes with “intelligent” mobility safety features, such as lane assist, vehicle-to-vehicle distance control and a driver warning system.

It also comes with an additional 7-inch display that provides information about driving and the status of car.

The 2.0 Turbo, the highest trim available for the all-new Altima, is equipped with Nissan’s new in-house developed engine and can achieve up to 252 horsepower and 3.87 kilogram-meters (28.0 pound-feet) of torque. The lower two trims can achieve up to 184 horsepower and torque of 24.9 kilogram-meters.

The lowest trim for Nissan’s new release starts at 29.6 million won ($25,150), and the highest trim is priced at 41.4 million won.

The company announced the new car with just a statement on Tuesday, amid growing calls in Korea to shun Japanese goods.

The Korean unit of the Japanese automaker was supposed to hold a test drive event for the new Altima for reporters Tuesday but canceled a day prior to the event.

Last year, Nissan Korea reported an operating loss of 14 billion won on 210 billion won in sales, down 25.6 percent from a year earlier.

BY KO JUN-TAE [ko.juntae@joongang.co.kr]

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