2016 Nissan Maxima “4-Door Sports Car” – Global Debut at New York International Auto Show
Nissan unveiled the all-new Nissan Maxima during a press conference at the New York International Auto Show. Making the presentation was Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn, who addressed a range of topics including Nissan’s $10.1 billion investment in the U.S. in the past three decades.
The dramatically styled 2016 Maxima, created by driving enthusiasts for driving enthusiasts, looks like nothing else on the road today – and drives like nothing in the segment. It not only resets Maxima’s iconic “4-Door Sports Car” positioning, it sets a new standard for style, performance and technology in the large sedan segment.
Maxima’s styling showcases Nissan’s new design language –including V-Motion front end, signature boomerang lights, kick-up C-pillars and unique floating roof appearance. Inside, Maxima’s premium class-above, bespoke interior is anchored by a driver’s cockpit that rivals luxury vehicles.
- Angelic Inspiration: To design the new-generation Maxima, Nissan designers visited the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels. The cockpit design of their aircraft is echoed in the wrap-around design of the Maxima’s. Externally, Maxima is lowered, sculpted and streamlined to achieve a sweeping aerodynamic profile that has more than a little jet fighter to it. To bring all this inspiration to life, a special metal stamping technique was developed, adding the distinctive powerful gesture to its bodyline and deeply scalloped doors.
The new Maxima’s 3.5-liter VQ-series V6 has been redesigned with more than 60 percent new parts (compared to the previous generation 3.5-liter V6). With 300 horsepower, Maxima has a high specific output of 85.7 horsepower/liter. The revised engine helps Maxima achieve an anticipated 15 percent increase in highway fuel economy to an EPA estimated 30 miles per gallon.
- By the Numbers: The new 8th generation Maxima is longer, lower, lighter and tighter than the previous generation design – all numbers that enhance the sports car side of 4DSC – 2.2 inches longer, 1.3 inches lower, 82 pounds lighter and 25 percent more torsional rigidity.
Complementing the revised powerplant is a new, performance-oriented Xtronic transmission featuring a wider ratio range, which allows for stronger acceleration from a standing start and an all-new D-Step shifting logic that provides rapid shifts at high throttle openings.
- HP/MPG: Speaking of numbers, here are a few more improvements versus the previous generation: horsepower +10 (to 300 hp), new engine parts 61% (including cylinder head design, piston surfacing, piston rings, sodium-filled exhaust valves, oil pan) and highway MPG + 4 (anticipated to increase to 30 mpg, EPA numbers not yet available). A couple of other numbers – at 85.7 horsepower/liter, Maxima achieves a high specific output (HP/L) and better power-to-weight ratio than a BMW 335i or Acura TLX V6.
Maxima’s next-generation technology features include a standard NissanConnectSM with navigation, featuring an 8.0-inch touch-screen display, along with SiriusXM Satellite Radio and SiriusXM Travel Link applications (Sirius XM subscription required, sold separately), Online Search with Google and other connectivity features. The NissanConnect system is paired with a standard 7.0-inch Advanced Drive Assist Display (ADAD) within the instrument cluster.
- How About A Coffee: Maxima Platinum models offers an available Driver Attention Alert (DAA) system, which alerts the driver when drowsy or inattentive driving is detected. DAA monitors steering input patterns (using steering angle sensors) and if it detects driving behavior consistent with a drowsy driver, the system uses an audible chime sound and displays the amber coffee cup with a message reading, “Take a break?” in the vehicle’s information display.
The new Maxima also offers an extensive range of safety, security and driving aids, including Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW), Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), Forward Emergency Braking (FEB), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (CTA) and Blind Spot Warning (BSW). These features are available on Maxima SL, SR and Platinum grades. Maxima also offers an available Driver Attention Alert (DAA) system, which monitors steering input patterns to establish a baseline and helps alert the driver when drowsy or inattentive driving is detected (Maxima Platinum only).
- Textural Messaging: When creating the new Maxima’s interior, the design team sought to ignite the senses – so they added premium touches and touchpoints throughout including three unique “faceted” trim treatments (Razor Steel, Liquid Chrome and Mahogany wood tone), diamond-quilted seat inserts and genuine stitching on the instrument panel, doors and console. The D-shaped steering wheel on Maxima SR even has an Alcantara® insert, because the road shouldn’t be the only thing you feel behind the wheel.
The all-new Maxima, now offered in five grade levels including new SL, SR and Platinum grades, goes on sale in early summer 2015 with a $32,410 starting MSRP including standard NissanConnect with navigation, 8.0-inch touch-screen display, Remote Engine Start, RearView Monitor and more.