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


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.

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