Published reports suggest the Nissan Maxima will receive a complete redesign sometime during calendar year 2014 as a 2015 model. While details weren’t available as of this writing, we don’t expect the car’s basic shape or dimensions will change significantly. It should continue to a moderately large four-door sedan, though the car’s exterior styling will probably be more aggressively cast than before.
As was the case with the model-year 2013 Nissan Altima, expect the next-generation Maxima to be redesigned with improved fuel economy as a major goal. While we expect the car’s V-6 engine will continue to generate close to 300 horsepower, engineering tweaks under the hood, improved aerodynamics, and assorted weight reduction measures should combine to register a boosted fuel economy rating at or better than 30 mpg in highway driving.
We also expect the redesigned Maxima to offer a full range of high-tech safety gear, including the latest versions of Nissan’s forward collision, blind-spot, and lane departure warning/mitigation systems. The vehicle will probably also receive a 360-degree-view backup monitor and a system that automatically applies the brakes while the car is in reverse to avoid hitting objects or pedestrians in its path. The car should also offer a new infotainment system with full smartphone integration as well as other features typically found on flagship models, including adaptive headlamps, intelligent cruise control, and heated rear seats.