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2009 Nissan Maxima, All Out There Now

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We've shown you spy shots of the 2009 Nissan Maxima, and we're eagerly awaiting its debut at the New York auto show. And now today, after waiting patiently for the press conferences to start tomorrow, we're running with these Maxima pics just like the other blogs you might read, because information just wants to be free.

There still aren't any firm details, though we don't expect any major surprises like V-8 power, or even a small personal assistant who lives in the trunk and takes Sonic orders. But there may be bigger things in the Maxima's future: the seventh-generation Maxima might eventually be fitted with a Renault-Nissan diesel powerplant in time for the 2011 model year. In addition to the diesel motor, a hybrid version is expected for the 2010 model year.

The Maxima has had an interesting place in the Nissan lineup over the years. Starting as its upscale sedan atop the Stanza and Altima, the Maxima was transferred to the Altima platform for 2004, after the Altima had grown considerably larger. Now it's largely an upscale Altima with a continuously variable transmission and a more stylish look. We'll be looking closely to see if Nissan deviates from that formula as they unveil this new car--and to see if it stays true to its old "four-door sportscar" roots.

And of course, we'll bring you all the Maxima details next week from the New York show. But for now, enjoy these full photos as well as some other high-resolution teaser shots.
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  1. A MANUAL TRANSMISSION will be REQUIRED if they are going to bring back the 4 dr sports car claim.

    The Maxima has been CVT ONLY since the 2007 model year.

  2. CVT transmissions are old news in industry for use with big electric motors. They have been in widespread use for over 50 years. One thing I found in working on them in the 25 years I got to fix them, is that they produce really nice metal shaving inside when hooked up to anything over 100 hp - just wait awhile.

  3. CVT's have been in wide use for many years. If the CVT's produce the volume of metal shavings you claim it would be widespread by now. Have you ever pulled an automatic transmission pan off? There is definite metal shavings there.

    I think Nissan has a good thing with the CVT. I just hope they have it tuned to get superb mileage AND have a selector button when you want performance.

    The Maxima is a nice ride.

  4. I just bought an '08 Maxima, which makes it our 4th maxima we've owned. I've never driven a CVT before and neither has my wife, but it's smooth as silk when accelerating. The place I've noticed the BIGGEST difference is on the interstate where you never feel the car downshift when heading uphill - extremely nice ride.

    Last Maxima had 190HP, so my wife truely doesn't know what to do with the 255 her new one has. The interior styling and finish are leaps and bounds ahead of her old '99, which was sold with 165K trouble-free miles.

    While the Altima and Maxima do share the same platform, we NOTICED a big difference in rear seat room when we installed our son's car seat in the back of the Altima. The Maxima's back seat DOES have more room than the Altima and there's several nice options on the Maxima that aren't available on the Altima (heated & electric tilt & telescoping steering wheel w/ memory, auto dimming side view mirrors, and etc.)

    I don't know why the media has been cracking so hard on the current Maxima. I hated it until it was reworked for 2007. I don't think the current model has been given a chance by the media.

  5. I like the exterior styling of the new Maxima, interior looks OK too.

    I like it better than recent Infiniti designs, who are BMW Wannabes but with much less harmonious styling.

    The Altima has made major progress too. The current Maxima was not much different from the Altima with V6, but cost more, so it lost sales to it.

  6. I hope this maxima looks better in person. The styling shown in these pictures looks like a mix between Infinii, Lexus and Hyundai - perhaps the bad parts of all of them. They could have radicalized the current car's styling. Or even better if they took the old boxy (really BMW-esque) profile of the early 90's model and applied it. However, it looks like something that was hastily done.

    I hope it has 300 HP with standard AWD (60% rear biased); Oh yeah - a six speed dual clutch manumatic. That mixed with the infiniti M's suspension componants could really make this car a dynamic winner. If it's only front wheel drive with 255-270 HP, there is nothing to forgive the ugly styling. Score it as another win for the Camry v6SE or the Accord V6 Ex-L.

  7. Wow...Thor said "I like..."

    Anyhoo....very interesting headlights. The interior looks like it was taken out of the new Murano....not a bad decision at all. Now if they could just dump the Siemens keyless and use the one Mazda has that locks as you walk away....

    By the way....I see paddle shifters

  8. Well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder... after swinging by the Honda dealer last week, I would definately take the Accord Coupe EX over the Altima, but the Accord sedan is just plain nasty. I found the pics of the new Maxima to be stunning (check out the Autoweek web site for some different shots).

    Just bought the wife the new Infiniti EX35, and she LOVES it (replaces a Pilot). SUre, it's not as roomy as the Pilot, but it's wicked fast for an crossover. So, now I'm looking at the pics of the Maxima and thinking we might become an all Nissan family (unless I decide to go with a coupe... then the Accord V6 seems to be a much better value than the G37, although rear wheel drive is nice... hummm... and then there's the new Pontiac G8 with V8 power... too many decision points right now.

  9. It's about time they fixed this thing, the last Maxima was a hideous, badly-finished disaster. I don't hold out much hope for the new one, though the shape and the interior look better in the pics; Nissan's been doing some truly weird stuff lately with the controls (like those in-the-middle-of-nowhere parking brake pedals) and the CVTs are still slushy and unconvincing.

  10. It's leaps and bounds ahead of the 2k8 Accord.

  11. As I parked my Arctic Silver Whale (but a stunning and a very agile 1998 one) of a BMW 740iL this morning, there was a brand-new Accord SEDAN (coupe is much better usually), black with its chrome shining in the rain.

    It looked FANTASTIC in that color! I was really surprised, because since 1994, Accords have not been that well styled (although all their other assets made them a tremendous buy still)

  12. The @$$ end of the 2K8 Acccord doesn't look like it belongs on the save vehicle as the front of the Accord. The whole front end of the Accord would have looked better on the fugly Ridgeline.

    The Accord isn't even in the same class as the Maxima anyway - it competes with the Altima!

  13. Thor,
    "because since 1994, Accords have NOT been that well styled..."

    YOu, what's scary, you and I seem to think that way...for the most part.

    I am really scared now. I think I might have to go out an hug my GM car, right now.


    NO brand loyalty; My loyalty is to my money.

  14. D@mm, there seems to be something wrong with my PC. My previous post should read this way:

    You know what's scary? You and I seem to think that way...for the most part.

    Excuse me for using my 'bad' english.


    No brand loyalty; My loyalty is to my money (dough?)

  15. What is this Maxima going to cost? I bet in the mid to high $30,000. Front drive 290hp no rear drive, no 4 wheel drive no standard shift. Good luck!!!

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