All-New Nissan Sport Sedan Concept
The Yokohama-based automaker gave a surprise at this year’s Detroit Auto Show by showcasing Nissan Sport Sedan Concept, which allegedly will be the next-gen Maxima. Stories and rumors that we’ve heard so far provided a bright spot that Nissan is really preparing the new 2015 Maxima sedan, which will probably hit the U.S. dealers floor sometime later this year.
The Sport Sedan concept may be one tangible proof that the upcoming Maxima models will come in the form of sports sedan with fresh design that looks much different from the previous generation. In fact, this concept version was allegedly also a preview for the upcoming Nissan Maxima Nismo. Nissan says this concept car brings a new design direction that is highly emotional and reflects power, strength, innovation and company capabilities in engineering.
Talking about the exterior and interior design, the Sport Sedan concept brings a future design cues that are destined to be present in the upcoming Nissan products, including Maxima and several other models. The exterior design featuring sporty styling combined with sharp body lines, luxurious and futuristic designs. At the front end, you can see the new V-Motion grille design adorned by charming chrome element, complete with boomerang-shaped LED headlights.
Furthermore, this four-door sports sedan concept brings ‘Strad Amber’ exterior paint color and also equipped with exclusive floating roof and ride on 21-inch aluminum wheels. As for the interior, Nissan says that the interior adopts premium materials in every aspect and combined with diamond-shaped graphics that can be found on the quilted leather seats. Overall, the interior design brings an elegant look and more luxurious, especially it also comes with some impressive features such as a sports steering wheel, futuristic infotainment system, metallic trim and a floating center stack.
Unfortunately, the Yokohama automaker has not released detailed specifications for this Sports Sedan concept and they just said about the engine, horsepower and transmission. However, the 2015 Nissan Maxima will likely be powered by a new 3.5-liter V6 engine that can produce more than 300 horsepower. Given this 3.5L V6 engine has been installed on the concept version and mated exclusively to a new sport-tuned Xtronic CVT. Nissan still mask the other secrets details and they probably will not reveal all the precious details at this time.
As we all know, the 2014 Nissan Maxima is equipped with a 3.5-liter VQ35DE V6 engine delivering at least 290 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 261 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. This VQ35DE engine featuring DOHC, 24-valve and Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS). The Maxima sedan is currently offered with a front engine layout (front-wheel drive) as standard on all variants and power delivered to the front wheels through an Xtronic CVT gearbox featuring DS mode or manual mode. Average fuel economy for the 2014 Maxima equipped with Xtronic CVT is rated at 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.
2015 Nissan Maxima Nismo Rumors
The Nismo version is obviously more powerful than the standard model. We recently received a shocking report published by Top Speed late last year. They reveal some important details about the next-gen Maxima Nismo, including engine specs, performance and price. The interesting fact is that they publish a rendering photo that has similarities with the Sports Sedan concept, which is currently making its official debut at NAIAS. But it’s a high-performance Nismo version, not the standard Maxima sedan.
According to the report, the 2015 Nissan Maxima Nismo will get an upgraded 3.5-liter V6 engine with a maximum output of up to 325 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 298 lb-ft of torque 4,400 rpm. Linked to a six-speed manual gearbox, the high-performance Maxima Nismo is claimed to accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) in just 5.5 seconds before hitting its top speed at 155 mph (250 km/h). But unfortunately, the car will still use a front engine layout.
The EPA-estimated fuel economy for the Nismo version is rated at 21 mpg in the city, 29 mpg on the highway and 24 mpg combined. In addition to a six-speed manual, Nissan will also reportedly offer Xtronic CVT and Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT) for the upcoming Maxima Nismo. Price tag for the 2015 Maxima Nismo is expected to be around $41,500, according to the report.
2015 Nissan Maxima Release Date allegedly had been scheduled for later this year
As for the release date, the new model is likely to hit the North American market later this year, followed by a Nismo version in a few months later. Meanwhile, we also expect the standard 2015 Maxima four-door sedan will hit dealer floors with a base MSRP of around $35,000, considering the current model is priced at $31,200. With all the major changes that may be applied to the next-generation model, whether it’s reasonable expect an entry-level model starts at $35,000? Share your opinion in the comments field below.
Photo Credit: Nissan
Rendering Photo by Top Speed