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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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