The new Maxima is getting in touch with its sportier dark side. It’s via the 2016 Nissan Maxima SR Midnight edition and the automaker is giving us a sneak peak of the sedan, which you can order now, ahead of the BET Experience coming up in Los Angeles this weekend.
The new 2016 Maxima went on sale at the beginning of the month. The new black-on-black SR Midnight version is designed to take its sporty design to the next level, according to Nissan. It gets Super Black paint, Charcoal leather-appointed seats with Alcantara inserts, a rear sport spoiler, rocker panel moldings, a rear bumper diffuser, splash guards, and 19-inch black aluminum-alloy wheels.
Nissan shows off the new Midnight Maxima in a new Day and Night ad that shows the Maxima shifting into a black sportier mode as night falls. It declares, “The new Nissan Maxima. The four-door sports car that’s raw, refined, and all you.”
The new 2016 Maxima features a newly revised 300 horsepower 3.5-liter VQ-series V6 engine under the hood and new performance oriented Xtronic transmission. It also gets a new lighter and rigid chassis for sportier acceleration. All this contributes to the one thing that nicely not so sporty about the Maxima; its estimated fuel economy of 22 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.
The self-proclaimed four-door sports car features a new design for 2016. It includes a lower profile and a wide stance, along with the Nissan signature V-motion grille, and a floating roof design. Inside features a design that brings sporty luxury with a design inspired by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels fighter cockpit.
The new Midnight version uses the SR trim level as its foundation. As such, it gets sport-tuned suspension, integrated dynamics-control module, a front chassis performance damper, heating and cooling front seats, paddle shifters on the steering wheel, aluminum sport pedals, Liquid Chrome faceted finishers, and LED low beam headlights.
The SR version is third-party track tested and approved. In the “2016 Nissan Maxima Test Track Challenge” the SR beats the BMW 328i, Acura TLX 3.5L, and Audi A4 2.0T Quattro on the track. It dominates in this track test coming out with 0.98 second margin in front of the BMW.
The Midnight version is available in dealerships now with the Maxima SR trim that starts at $37,670.