2015 Nissan Maxima Concept teaser imageEnlarge Photo
That is, if the teaser image shown this week at the Nissan 360 event portends a Maxima concept car. Whatever the image depicts, the new concept will be headed to the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.
Our money is on this concept being a new Maxima, as the front-end view of the rendered concept reflects similar shapes and themes as found on the current car, though with a much more aggressive look and an entirely new grille treatment.
It's the side view that's most intriguing, however, as the car not only gets many cues that identify closely with the GT-R's proportions and angles, but a low, sloping four-door coupe profile.
2015 Nissan Maxima Concept teaser image compared to Nissan GT-REnlarge Photo
The more aggressive styling and GT-R-inspired shape could hint that Nissan is going to get more serious about the Maxima's sporty 4DSC intentions. Given that the last model was a front-driver with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), however, color us less than expectant.
However sporty the next Maxima may (or may not) be, it won't hit the market before the 2015 model year. The previous Maxima was launched in 2008, and lightly refreshed in 2012. With a January 2014 concept debut, production by late 2014 (for the 2015 model year) would be a rather quick turnaround by industry standards.
Stay tuned for more as the next Maxima's story develops. You can keep pace with all of the new cars coming this January at our Detroit Auto Show page.