The 2016 Nissan Maxima that was unveiled at the 2015 New York International Auto Show in April went on sale in the US just last month and the company is already considering a NISMO variant of the same.
The company is currently studying the potential demand for such high performance variant. The news comes from Vishnu Jayamohan, Product Manager at Nissan North America, who revealed to The Detroit Bureau that the company is “trying to gauge the reaction to the car.”
The standard 2016 Maxima is powered by a 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6 petrol engine that produces 300 hp and 354 Nm of torque. The NISMO variant, if made, should possibly have power dialed up to around 350 hp and gain exclusive features like NISMO-tuned suspension and steering wheel, NISMO aerodynamic body kit, sportier wheels, beefed-up brakes and NISMO interior trim.
Alternatively and if possible, it could borrow the 3.7-liter naturally aspirated V6 engine from the 370 Z that produces 350 hp on the sports coupe’s NISMO variant.
Pricing would be an important factor for the success of the NISMO variant, as neither the company has a customer base like that of BMW or Audi in this segment who’d be ready to pay a high premium for a performance variant, nor is the car an icon like the GT-R, to command a price.
The standard version is priced from US$32,140-$39,860 and the Nissan Maxima NISMO variant could be priced upwards of US$42,000.
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[Source: The Detroit Bureau]