2009 Nissan Maxima unveiled in New York

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2009 Nissan Maxima unveiled in New York

2009 Nissan Maxima unveiled in New York

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Although we saw several images of the new Maxima just a couple days ago, no details of the new car were yet available. Now that Nissan has officially revealed the car at the New York auto show, we can bring you the full story - and a full gallery of high-res photos - on the Maxima's return to its four-door sports car roots.

Powered by a 290hp 3.5L V6 generating 261lb-ft of torque, the new Maxima shares power specifications very close to the original 350Z, gaining 35hp and 9lb-ft over the 2008 Maxima. Nissan says the exhaust is tuned to balance sporty sound with comfortable cruising. Use of technology like a six-point engine mounting system to control noise, vibration and harshness means smooth, quiet travel. All new Maximas come equipped with a CVT with manual mode. A special Ds mode enhances sporty performance even further by allowing variable manual mode ratios through clever use of the CVT, as well as optional paddle shifters.

Designers focused on bringing back the heritage of late 1980s and early 1990s Maximas by halting development of the new Maxima half-way through the process, scrapping everything, and starting over at the Nurburgring. In the process, Nissan set a very high goal for itself: to produce “the best performing front engine, front-wheel drive car in the world." That would be no mean feat, with fierce competition ranging in size from cars like BMW's Mini Cooper all the way up to Acura's sports sedans, and myriad others. Nissan says the body rigidity, suspension and steering of the new Maxima are competitive with Europe's sports sedans.

Appearance of the new car was addressed also. The previous generation Maxima won several awards for its generally excellent nature, but it left a bit to be desired in the design department. The new Maxima takes some very aggressive steps to remedy the blandness of its predecessor, especially in the headlights and front fascia. A dual-panel moonroof adds visibility and light to the interior of the car, and out back new LED taillights in a dramatic L-shape bring the Maxima to the cutting edge of design.
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Comments (10)
  1. I pity the copy editor.

  2. yea not feeling the design of the car

  3. so much for the maxima, I want to vomit!

  4. definitely looks like a bigger version of a yaris sedan

  5. wow....nissan needs to start making their own designs instead of copying designs from infiniti.....even though they are the parent company but it just dosent work....to me this car is just a mix of allot of other cars for instance.....the hood...infiniti g37/g35x.....the wide body style...mitsubishi lancer/lexus is350.....the back of the car....toyota yaris...and it looks bulky and fat like the volvo's....all in all a diff design but too much of a mix....and the rims are really ugly....the only nice thing about this car are the headlights.... :)

  6. Nissan totally dropped the ball on this design. The car looks aweful. The headlights looks kiaesque. THinking about the Maxima over the last 5 years, this is garbage. I would even go as far as saying that the Altima looks better.

  7. outrageously handsome!....another design masterpiece from NISSAN

  8. We'd Beg To Differ Duncan!

  9. Straight from the heart of a 2005 owner...I would first like to comment on the "blandness of its predecessor"... The last 5 years of Maxima's design reflect the LUXURY CAR that the MAXIMA's were supposed to be. The new spoilers and sporty designs take away from the conservative yet classy look of Nissan's premier vehicle. I am sooo disappointed with Nissan. I will hold on to mine until, perhaps, the next FIVE years roll around. Why...please tell me WHY did you wait until the NY Auto Show to reveal THAT CAR? We expect better, Nissan. NO trade in wishes will be granted here...

  10. That 2009 maxima is so ugly!!!! They need 2 not sale that car anywhere!!!!! It looks like a shark under water....i really mean that!!! That car needs 2 be thrown in a damn junk yard!!!! Nissan really need 2 switch back 2 its original style that started in 2004 - 2008 are more luxury and sporty. Neva in my mind would i thought that someone can create such an ugly nissan maxima!!!!! Please change the style back to its original look a.s.a.p!!!!!! :( (thanks)

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