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2015 Nissan Maxima Teased Ahead of Concept's Debut: 2014 Detroit Auto Show


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Just the Facts:
  • Nissan will introduce a sporty coupe-like sedan concept at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show that will be a thinly veiled version of the redesigned 2015 Nissan Maxima.
  • Sketches of the upcoming concept were briefly shown to an international group of journalists invited to a Nissan event in California.
  • The concept's design is described by Nissan as "energetic and modern with a floating roof."

IRVINE, California — Nissan will introduce a sporty coupe-like sedan concept at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show that will be a thinly veiled version of the redesigned 2015 Nissan Maxima.

Sketches of the upcoming concept were briefly shown to an international group of journalists invited to a Nissan event in California. The name of the concept was not released, but more information is expected later this week.

Speaking to journalists, Nissan's global design chief Shiro Nakamura described the concept's design as "energetic and modern with a floating roof. It is very coupe-like but it still has lots of room on the inside. I think it is a nice proportion with a very strong design intention."

Nakamura said the concept also shows Nissan's future design direction.

Nakamura would not confirm that the 2015 Maxima will be based on the concept. However, industry sources confirmed the concept's intent.

Asked if the concept signals Nissan's intention to create a family of four-door sedans that look like coupes, Nakamura told Edmunds "not all sedans because some customers want to have a roomier inside. However, there are people who want to stick with a sedan but at the same time they want to have a sporty look."

The current version of the Maxima has been on sale since 2008.

Edmunds says: Nissan has created quite a buzz with this intriguing take on the upcoming Maxima.

Comments

  • reminder reminder Posts:

    Rear headroom will suffer, but I don't spend time riding in the back seat. Probably be a sharp look'in buggy though.

  • msminkck1 msminkck1 Posts:

    I have owned three Hondas because the quality has been great. I had one (1) Nissan Pathfinder, loved it, but the quality was questionable. With the 2015 Maxima, Nissan has me looking at them again. This is sexy.

  • Hope Nissan keeps it's sporty attitude with it's product lines. I have always thought of Nissan as the Japanese BMW company in that they always seems to run harder than the competition. Honda and Toyota have always been the conservative safe buying approach. I remember the late 90's Maxima's and with the V6 and clutch were screamers in the day.

  • lions208487 lions208487 Posts:

    Which ever direction Nissan goes, I hope they dump the CVT and opt for the 7 spd used in their Infiniti lineup. Since Nissan will go FWD, they should at least provide an AWD option.

  • fortstring fortstring Posts:

    Looks like cues of GT-R have found their way down to the Maxima sedan.

  • jeffinoh jeffinoh Posts:

    Trend watch: the roof that doesn't quite touch down at the rear quarter. Lexus, Honda, BMW, now Nissan.

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