At the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, Nissan premiered a 2019 Maxima with revised exterior styling including a larger V-Motion grille, interior updates and available Nissan Safety Shield 360 with advanced driver-assist systems. As Nissan’s flagship sedan, Maxima has been around for more than four decades and continues to offer a combination of sporty driving dynamics and luxury amenities in a near-luxury full-size sedan.
Maxima’s new updated exterior is the product of Nissan Design America in La Jolla, California, which showcases the evolution of V-Motion design with a larger grille and a deeper V that flows into the hood. The grille is flanked by standard LED headlights and Nissan signature boomerang daytime running lights.
The V-Motion flow from the grille into the hood continues down the side to the redesigned taillights and rear fascia. The new rear fascia incorporates quad exhaust outlets, and the Maxima SR version adds a new rear spoiler. All five trim levels (S, SV, SL, performance-oriented SR and top-of-the-line Platinum) receive new wheel designs with the 19-inch Hyper Silver wheels for the Platinum Reserve Package. A new premium exterior paint color, Sunset Drift, has also been added.
Inside the Maxima features a driver-oriented cockpit and seating for five occupants, with a new seat insert pattern and charcoal headliner for the Maxima SR and Platinum Reserve Package. Depending on the trim level, the instrument panel, door panels, steering wheel, seat materials, headliner and pillars have been upgraded.
The Maxima SR features new orange accent stitching, “Dynamic Diamond” quilting, orange-accented Alcantara appointments and Dark Satin chrome trim. The Platinum Reserve Package offers bronze-faceted interior trim, diamond quilted Rakuda Tan semi-aniline leather, a Rakuda Tan steering wheel insert and heated rear seats.
Driver Assistance and Safety Technology
The 2019 Maxima has an available Nissan Safety Shield 360 — a group of six active safety and assistance technologies to provide active driver assist, crash avoidance and pedestrian detection. Safety Shield 360 includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, high-beam assist and rear automatic braking. For the 2019, Safety Shield 360 is standard on Maxima Platinum and included in the SR Premium Package. For 2019 Maxima also offers Intelligent Cruise Control, high-beam assist, and traffic sign recognition with intelligent driver alertness now standard on all trim levels.
Under the Hood
The exclusive powertrain for all trim levels of the 2019 Nissan Maxima is a 300-horsepower version of Nissan’s award winning 3.5-liter V6 engine combined with a CVT transmission. Standard equipment for all trim levels is sport-tuned steering, brakes and suspension.
In addition to the five trim levels, the only options offered for the 2019 Maxima are two new packages: the Premium Package for the SR trim and the Reserve Package for the Platinum trim. The SR Premium Package includes a dual panel panoramic moonroof, Safety Shield 360 technology and intelligent around-view monitor. The Platinum Reserve Package includes exclusive 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, heated rear seats and the Rakuda Tan semi-aniline interior treatment.
The 2019 Nissan Maxima is scheduled to go on sale in December 2018.