The 2016 Nissan Maxima has made its first appearance in the form of the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept at the Detroit International Auto Show early last year. Although still in a concept form but the next-gen Maxima seems very worth the wait, especially its design is much different than the previous model, thanks to a full redesign.
The Yokohama-based automaker gave so many changes to the Maxima sedan, which is reflected in the Sport Sedan Concept. Not only design which got a big overhaul, but the engine also receives a number of significant revisions in order to improve its performance and fuel efficiency.
However, if you ask about the Nismo version, of course, Nissan will bring it to you. The 2016 Nissan Maxima Nismo is currently under development and will certainly be released shortly after the regular models hitting U.S. dealer floors in the near future.
Engine Specifications, Horsepower and Torque
Speaking about powertrain options, the new Maxima sedan will reportedly be powered by a newly-developed 3.5-liter V6 engine which exclusively connected to a sport-tuned Xtronic CVT gearbox. The new engine is expected to spew more than 300 horsepower. Nonetheless, currently Nissan has not officially release its specification details, so this is still a question mark.
The current Maxima models carry a 3.5-liter VQ35DE DOHC V6 engine paired to an Xtronic CVT and standard front-wheel drive layout. The VQ35DE engine is capable of producing up to 290 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 261 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm, with EPA fuel economy ratings of 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.
As for the 2016 Maxima Nismo, Nissan is likely to offer the same engine as the standard model “newly-developed 3.5-liter V6” but with a greater power output than the standard version. What we know so far is that the 3.5-liter V6 engine in the new Maxima Nismo can deliver at least 325 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 298 lb-ft of torque 4,400 rpm and has an estimated fuel economy of 21 mpg in the city, 29 mpg on the highway and 24 mpg combined.
We also heard that the high-performance Nismo version would be available in a choice of three different transmissions when the car goes on sale in the North American dealerships, including a six-speed manual, Xtronic CVT and Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT). With six-speed manual transmission, the next-gen Maxima Nismo sedan is expected to sprint from 0-60 mph in just 5.5 seconds, although its top speed is limited to just 155 mph.
Redesign on Exterior and Interior
Nissan has said that all of their company’s upcoming products will bring a future design cues and it’s reflected in the Sport Sedan Concept that was introduced at last year’s Detroit Auto Show. Thanks to a full redesign, the new Maxima offers a futuristic exterior design combined with sharp body lines, sporty and luxurious feel.
As we’ve seen on the concept version, the Japanese automaker put a new V-Motion front grille with a chrome touch and boomerang-shaped LED headlights at the front end of the car. On the other hand, Strad Amber paint color covering the entire car body, complete with 21-inch aluminum wheels and features a floating roof.
As for the interior design, the 2016 Nissan Maxima Concept offers high-quality materials in its interior, which further highlights the luxurious feel and elegant impression. There are several attractive features that are worth mentioning here, including futuristic multimedia system, quilted leather seats with diamond-shaped graphics, sport steering-wheel, floating center stack and metallic trim.
Release Date Schedule and Pricing Details
The 2016 Nissan Maxima Release Date is likely scheduled scheduled for fall 2016 or possibly before early next year. While the high-performance Maxima Nismo will be released shortly after the regular model hit U.S. dealers next autumn.
Talking about pricing details, the redesigned Maxima sedan is expected to go on sale in U.S. dealerships with a starting price around $36,000, while the Nismo version will start at $42,000 (estimated price). As you know, the current model starts at a base price of $31,200.