Along with other major automakers like Chevrolet and Kia, Nissan also took the wraps off a next-generation mid-size sedan at the 2015 New York International Auto Show. The Japanese automaker introduced the eighth-generation Nissan Maxima at the show. The sedan is 1.3 inches lower and 2.2 inches longer now. The dramatically styled new-generation “4-Door Sports Car” represents the brand’s new design language in a production car.
Exterior changes include new V-Motion front-end, boomerang lights, new upper grille, new air dam grille, rectangular fog lamps, gloss black A-Pillars, floating roof appearance, 18-inch machined aluminum alloy/19-inch diamond-cut machined aluminum alloy wheels and restyled rear-end including new wrap-around tail lamps with LED tail lights.
Under the hood, there’s an updated 3.5-liter VQ35 V6 that produces 300 hp and 354 Nm of torque. More than 60% of the engine parts are new. The revision helps the car to gain 15% increment in highway fuel economy to an EPA estimated figure of 30 mpg. The Xtronic transmission mated to this engine now allows for stronger acceleration from standstill, due to a wider ratio range. The new D-Step shifting logic ensures rapid gear shifts at high throttle starts, says the company.
Inside, the cabin has been modernized with the next-generation NissanConnect SM infotainment system with navigation. The 8-inch touchscreen display infotainment system features SiriusXM Satellite Radio, SiriusXM Travel Link apps, Google Search and many other connectivity features. The NissanConnect system is paired with a 7.0-inch Advanced Drive Assist Display (ADAD) within the instrument cluster as standard.
Safety and assistance features offered on the MY2016 range, depending on the trim, include Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW), Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), Forward Emergency Braking (FEB), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (CTA), Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Driver Attention Alert (DAA). In the U.S., the all-new midsize sedan is offered in five trims, including the new SL, SR, and Platinum trims, and the already existing S and SV trims.
The 2016 Nissan Maxima goes on sale in the U.S. in early summer 2015, with a US$32,410 starting MSRP.
2016 Nissan Maxima prices* (MSRP*) in USA
|Maxima S||US$32,410 USD|
|Maxima SV||US$34,390 USD|
|Maxima SL||US$36,890 USD|
|Maxima SR||US$37,670 USD|
|Maxima Platinum||US$39,860 USD|
*Excludes Destination and Handling charges of US$825.