2016 Nissan Maxima Nismo Concept, Release Date and Review

At 2014 Detroit Auto Show, Nissan introduced Nissan Sport Sedan Concept which is speculated to be the 2016 Nissan Maxima Nismo. Nissan is changing its focus toward performance to differentiate the next-gen Maxima from its flagship sedan, Altima. The new Maxima Nismo is expected to hit U.S. market later this year.

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Exclusive TopSpeed Renderings show a speculative preview of this hot new sports sedan, which looks to shake off the front-drive proportions and goofy grin in favor of a wider, lower and meaner style like the 370Z and GT-R .

Nissan’s sports car lineup has never been this strong, and continued support for the company’s two tiers of performance cars has really helped the brand’s image, despite being diluted from selling millions of basic Sentra’s and Versa econoboxes to pay the bills.

The Maxima was really at a crossroads before this current re-alignment to its 4DSC roots. The next generation was even mooted to go the full EV route, with the cab-forward styling of the 2011 Nissan Ellure concept thought to be previewing both the just-launched Altima and next Maxima.

Exterior

The next Maxima looks sharp, low and aggressive in these previews, which base the roofline and proportions on a brief glimpse of a future design shown to the press at a recent Nissan event.

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Even with the most likely scenario of a front-drive, front-engine platform, the styling exercise shows real progress in establishing a global Nissan face. The styling woes and overlap between Nissan and Infiniti designers has created a confused and disjointed line, with too much similarity between a $15,000 Sentra’s grille and those used on the Infiniti Q70. You better believe no one would be buying BMW 750Li sedans for $100,000 if there was a $10,000 rental car that looked just like it.

The Maxima’s trend-setting place in the Nissan range was also blatantly replicated on the firm’s cheapest sedans, leaving the current Maxima without much of the cool factor enjoyed by the 370Z and GT-R.

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.

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Powertrain

Under the hood, the 2016 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.

Another option on the table would adapt the 370Z’s latest chassis for use in a rear-drive sedan, or even a stretched GT-R of our dreams. These two scenarios are far less likely than a continued front-drive layout, but low and dramatic proportions that evolve the boring Nissan look very nicely.

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Release Date and Price

For U.S. market, The 2016 Nissan Maxima will arrive later this year, while the Nismo version will follow a few months later. Base price will start from around $35,000, this will be a fair price considering the current model’s price of $31,200.

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