All hail Nissan’s new dramatically restyled 2016 Nissan Maxima, unveiled Thursday at the New York International Auto Show. The automaker is really trying to put the “sport” element back into its flagship 4-door “sport” car, going as far as to use inspiration from the U.S. Navy Blue Angels to design it.
Nissan says its designers visited the Blue Angels to check out their jets inside and out as they came up with their new design concept based on Nissan’s futuristic design language. Nissan says the cockpit design of their aircraft is echoed in the wrap-around design of the Maxima. Externally, Maxima is lowered, sculpted and streamlined to achieve a sweeping aerodynamic profile to give it a jet fighter look. It also gets a V-Motion front end, signature boomerang lights, kick-up C-pillars and unique floating roof appearance.
In terms of power. the Maxima gets a completely revised 300-horsepower 3.5-liter VQ-series V6 under the hood, along with a new Xtronic transmission. The car gets a new lighter, rigid chassis to give it a more sports-like acceleration. Nissan says the engine was built with 60 percent new parts (compared to the previous generation 3.5-liter V6), and its applied lessons learned from the Nissan GT-R such as sodium filled valves, to achieve a high specific output of 85.7 horsepower/liter. Torque is rated at 261 lb-ft.
Nissan says all the styling and engine changes increase fuel economy by 15 percent to an estimated 30 miles per gallon on the highway. City fuel economy is estimated at 22 mpg.
The Maxima will be offered in five grade levels, including new SL, SR and Platinum grades. Premium-level technology features include NissanConnect with standard navigation on all trim levels. The 8.0-inch color display features multi-touch control for intuitive smartphone-like gestures such as swiping and pinch-to-zoom. Hands-Free Android Text Messaging Assistant and Nissan Voice Recognition for navigation and audio are also standard.
In terms of safety, Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW), Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), Forward Emergency Braking (FEB), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and Blind Spot Warning (BSW) are all standard equipment on the SL, SR and Platinum grades.
The Maxima hits showrooms in the summer, but Nissan is looking to jump start sales, so it’s set up a pre-sale program where buyers receive extra special service for putting in their orders now. The “Build Yours Now” pre-sale reservation program rewards eligible buyers who place orders through the reservation website before June 2, 2015 with three years / 36,000 miles complimentary maintenance on their new Maxima. Purchases must be completed before January 4, 2016.
The price tag starts at just over $32K, only slightly more than its predecessor. For all the details, head to Nissan’s website.