The Nissan Maxima is a car that a lot of people often seem to overlook in light of its competitors, and for Australian buyers the large sedan isn’t even offered and is, therefore, mostly irrelevant. That said, the Japanese automaker is readying an updated version for debut at the Los Angeles Motor Show later this year.
Why should we care? Well, because it looks rather good. Sure, it’s an update to a quite recently released model, and one of the first to look properly modern with its angular design and the company’s chiseled V-Motion 2.0 front end. Nissan is taking things further, adding even more apparent sportiness to the full size four-door which doesn’t seem to have aged since its first appearance in 2016.
Arguably, it’s the interior where most of the attention has been given, with the Maxima benefitting from a cabin that, presumably, will adopt a much more premium look and feel that’s more dramatic than the exterior treatment by comparison. A more comprehensive active safety suite is also due to be one of the new Maxima’s highlights, with sophisticated features such as active cruise control, AEB, as well as front and rear cross traffic alerts being made standard across the range.
Otherwise, the car should be pretty much quite similar to the 6th-generation Maxima as it debuted, powered either by a 2.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol (shared with the smaller Altima) or a more powerful 3.5-litre atmospheric V6. As before, and unfortunately, it is only offered with a CVT to link the engine with its driven front wheels.
Unforeseen mechanical upgrades would be most welcome, of course, as criticism with the current Maxima have always seemed to revolve around the fact that it would do well with all-wheel drive and a more powerful and charismatic, perhaps turbocharged, engine.
Following its official debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Nissan North America plans to roll out the first batch of cars as soon as possible, citing December 2018 as its on-sale date.