Nissan has redesign the soon to come, this summer, the all new 2009 Nissan Maxima. Nissan has shorten the wheel base but the new Maxima looks bigger then the previous Maxima. How can that be? Nissan calls this “Liquid Motion,” NIssan states that they butched up styling which gives it a aggressive stance. The headlights are far apart from each other as well as the tail lights and the muscular fenders which also helps gives it the wide stance. (Pictures below).
The engine will have the standard 3.5 liter DOHC 24 valve VQ series V6 which is the same engine as the previous models. It is rated at 290 HP and 261 lb-ft of torque. Previous Maxima is 255 HP with 252 lb-ft of torque. There will be two trim levels to choose from: 3.5 S and 3.5 SV.
The 2009 Maxima will be equipped with a revised version of the Xtronic CVT with manual mode and available paddle shifters. It will have 4 disc brakes with four channel ABS. The suspension has aluminum intensive MacPherson front strut and multilink setup for the rears. There is a premium audio and navigation system, rearview camera, voice recognition, and a 9.3 GB hard drive for audio files.
Price will be $28,000-$32,000. 0-60 mph is 6.2 seconds and it weighs in at 3600 lb. Gas mileage is 20 city and 27 highway.
I’m not a big fan of the headlights. Think it will take some time for me to get used to. But I do love the body lines, taillights, and its wide stance. I’ve seen this car in person at a auto show in Ontario and it does look big by the way it was design. I’m glad Nissan is aiming the 2009 Maxima to be a 4 door sports car (4DSC). The interior really gives the driver full and easy control of the cockpit. But you will have to drive it and see if its truley a 4DSC. I’m also hoping a manual transmission will be available.