Nissan Maxima: Maximus, not Maxim
Most attention in the new car is given to the exterior – that she will play the first game in the winning march of the model. It is completely changed – the place of the oval “biofar” was taken by the fashionable “lights” in the style of the Fairlady Z sports car, there were pronounced wheel arches, the roof line was rounded and made the car from afar similar to a large coupe.
“Big executive sedan from Japan” – European buyers thought, representing the Maxima QX, and preferred German considerations on the size class “E”. “Charged sports Japanese sedan” – suggested American buyers and did not bypass the Maxima with a V6 engine. The result – a gradual decline in sales in Europe and stable performance in the New World. Difference of mentalities? Rather, the different approaches of marketing departments. But in the case of the seventh generation of model errors should not be – the new Nissan Maxima must defeat competitors. Or die at the hands of Carlos Gona – the man who revived the brand from commercial ashes.
Most attention in the new car is given to the exterior – that she will play the first game in the winning march of the model. It is completely changed – the place of the oval “biofar” was taken by the fashionable “lights” in the style of the Fairlady Z sports car, there were pronounced wheel arches, the roof line was rounded and made the car from afar similar to a large coupe. At first glance, the decision of the rear end seems to be controversial – here the swift Kupeshny line ends and the illogical tail of the trunk grows, overloaded with additional elements such as a small spoiler. But this car seems only in photographs, the very first “live” impressions can destroy these ideas. Nevertheless, the design of the car seems interesting in its novelty, and thanks to the high belt line and large, 18-inch wheels, which the Maxima is completed on request, the car looks aggressive and powerful.
Compared to its predecessor, the new car has become larger in all respects – for example, the wheelbase has increased by 4,640 mm, and its width by 2,240 mm. This allowed not only to increase the interior distances for the sake of comfort of the legs and heads, but also significantly increase the capacity of the luggage compartment. In addition to the exterior, engineers have creatively reworked the car’s interior (for example, in the Elite Package, the car will be offered as a four-seat only, with an increased level of comfort for the rear passengers). In this case, the usual single rear seat will be replaced by two individual, similar to the front. What is not so modest, given that the driver’s seat is regulated in eight directions, and the passenger – in four. As an exclusive offer in this class of Maxima cars, the American configuration in the standard will be equipped with a Skyview Roof roof with a huge sliding hatch, through which the sedan will be able to give its passengers the possibility of “almost a convertible”. Despite this, body rigidity maintains decent performance, and passive safety is at a high level. This is achieved thanks to thoughtful wrinkled areas at the front and rear of the car, double front airbags for the driver and passenger, “active” head restraints, belts with pretensioners and load restraints and a proprietary “child” safety system. But before you experience this arsenal, the driver will be able to avoid a crash using Traction Control (TCS), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), four-channel ABS, Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Braking. Assist.
Another interesting “feature” of the new car, which will certainly serve him well, is the suspension from the Japanese supercar Nissan Skyline. An independent multi-link suspension of all wheels allows for more complete cornering than a standard standard sedan can afford, and at the same time it makes the Maxima a very technologically advanced car.
American versions of Maxima will be equipped with a well-deserved V-shaped “six” volume of 3.5 liters and a power of 260 hp. It can be paired with both a four- and five-band “automatic”, as well as with an advanced six-speed manual gearbox, equipped with a “screw” differential lock.