A facelift for the full-sizer brings Nissan’s latest styling and tech

The 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show is just a little over a month away now, and the early debuts are already starting to trickle in. One of the first out the gates comes from Nissan, which just debuted its latest Maxima four-door. Details on the updated flagship sedan are still forthcoming, but that doesn’t mean we can’t speculate a little bit…

What Will It Look Like?

Nissan Teases the Refreshed 2019 Nissan Maxima; Will Debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show
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Right off the bat, this latest ‘teaser’ reveals the Maxima will make its splashdown with a fresh exterior aesthetic.

Most noticeable is the new front end, which looks to incorporate sharp headlight housings pulled into the fenders and equipped with LED lighting accents. Between the lights, Nissan’s characteristic Vmotion grille is in full effect, while a new lower bumper treatment adds extra crispness.

We have yet to see the tail, but we’re expecting a similar upgrade back there as well, including new taillight housings taken after the latest Altima. A set of quad exhaust tips in the rear will finish it off, while the corners will get a range of new designs to boot.

Finally, look for a fresh interior treatment that takes cues from the latest model year of the Nissan Altima.

What About The Tech Stuff?

2019 Nissan Altima Interior
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Note: 2019 Nissan Altima pictured here.
Inside the cabin, the 2019 Nissan Maxima will come with the option for Nissan’s Safety Shield 360 driver assists suite.

As such, it’ll come with “six advanced safety and driver-assist technologies.” Nissan declined to give exact details on what these technologies were exactly, but if we were to guess, it likely tosses in standards like automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring, and the like.

What’s Under The Hood?

2018 Nissan Maxima - Driven
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Note: current Nissan Maxima pictured here.
It’s likely the Maxima’s engine specs will go unchanged heading into the 2019 model year.

That means it’ll once again utilize a front-mounted 3.5-liter V-6 routing power to the front wheels by way of a continuously variable transmission. It’s also possible Nissan will decide to offer the option for an AWD drivetrain, which would help immensely in terms of perceived sporting intentions.

When Should We Expect Full Details?

Nissan says the 2019 Maxima will hit dealers sometime in December. Look for our complete coverage at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show at the end of November.

Further Reading

2018 Nissan Maxima - Driven
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Read our full driven review on the 2018 Nissan Maxima.

2016 - 2017 Nissan Maxima
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Read our full review on the 2018 Nissan Maxima.

2019 Nissan Altima Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2019 Nissan Altima.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Nissan Maxima, which makes its world debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, receives a fresh new look for the 2019 model year. The new Maxima will also offer available Nissan Safety Shield 360 technology, a suite of six advanced safety and driver-assist technologies. The 2019 Maxima, the flagship of Nissan’s sedan lineup, goes on sale in December.

The 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show public days run from Friday, Nov. 30 through Sunday, Dec. 9.

For more information on the complete 2019 Nissan vehicle lineup, please visit www.NissanNews.com.

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