It is quite obvious that Nissan is preparing significant changes for their design language. One of the best examples is the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept about which we were able to hear few times before but Detroit is the place where we have received more details.
This concept comes with design language that we were able to see on few previous concepts that this car maker offered on other car shows. What we could hear and looking at this vehicle it is quite obvious that it could be a base for a development of the next Maxima. Size and shape corresponds to what we do expect to see from the next model of Maxima and it is quite possible that it will be offered with design that draws from this concept.
Next Maxima Generation
Comparing currently available Maxima and this concept it is obvious that this concept comes with larger dimensions except the height. When combined with high waistline and floating roof design we are getting coupe like profile. Grille offers pretty aggressive but still refined looks with its V shaped and lights that Nissan offers and are boomerang looks. Interior also offers futuristic looks but not much from current offer which means that we could be getting one vehicle with similar setup and by the looks of it we would not complain about it.
We can all agree that this car looks pretty and that it offers sporty design. In this situation it is important to offer sporty drivetrain and enough of power for decent performances. For this vehicle we are getting trusty engine from Nissan, there will be a 3.5 liter V6 unit that is retuned and now brings 300 hp. One of the things that many potential buyers might not like is that this vehicle will still come with only front wheel drive just like the currently available Maxima.
Nissan Sport Sedan Concept
At this moment Maxima is the best selling V6 sedan in the non luxury segment when it comes to the U.S. market and this is the reason why Nissan is not willing to change many things. Most development costs is shared with Altima making this car pretty cheap to produce bringing large profit margin to company. But to stay competitive it is needed for additional improvements so it would stay competitive and maintain high sale results. Main competitors bring significant upgrades and Nissan is fully aware of this.
Depending on the customer it will be interesting to see if the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept and the next Maxima that will be offered based on this model will be enough for this car maker to achieve sale results like previous generation. We do expect to see decent amount of changes on the concept version we have here before it comes to the production but we hope that it will stay true to the original that has been presented as concept.