Nissan Maxima (2009)

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Nissan Maxima

The 2009 Maxima, which makes its debut at the 2008 New York Auto Show, marks a to the longtime Nissan flagship roots as a commanding 4-door car – a vehicle that is in both appearance and driving with renewed relevance for active and ambitious sedan In other words, the Maxima is

The all-new 2009 Nissan will be offered as two well-equipped Maxima 3.5 S and Maxima 3.5 SV, and is scheduled to at Nissan dealers nationwide in summer 2008.

Maxima has enjoyed a certain ‘duality’ a unique fusion of sedan with the soul of a sports said Al Castignetti, vice and general manager, Nissan Nissan North America, In recent years, however, vehicles have caught up Maxima in ‘sporty’ looks and For 2009, Nissan is reclaiming its 4-Door Sports Car heritage an infusion of emotional design, excitement and advanced technology creating a silky, stimulating sedan like no other on the today.

2009 Nissan : Reborn at the Ring

Do-overs are allowed in sports but rarely in the industry. Yet midway through the of the new-generation Maxima a mulligan was granted. Rather than with an evolution of the previous successful Maxima design, the of the 2009 Nissan Maxima and rethought the entire direction.

Nissan Maxima

Inspired by the top secret development of the 2009 GT-R supercar, they away positioning words conservative and balanced and concentrated on new concepts like addictive striking, commanding and powerful.

High targets were including the goal of creating the performing front engine, drive car in the world, along class-leading acceleration, braking, workmanship and cockpit design.

We walking away from the of the last generation Maxima, was rated the top-ranked vehicle in 2007 Vehicle Satisfaction for Luxury Mid-Size Cars and a of Strategic Vision’s 2007 Quality Award? for Best Car Ownership Experience, said However, complacency breeds vehicles. The new Maxima demanded risks in order to ultimately up with a much more and rewarding vehicle.

Three key were singled out for change: design, which needed to be aggressive, with more and attitude; a super cockpit, an interior that combines a orientation with high roominess and user-friendly technology; and performance, enhancing what generation owners called

To further push the performance the development team challenged to concentrate their efforts on engineering – to experience with the five senses in a more visceral manner, than through CAD drawings and simulations.

As each designer and set and exceeded higher and higher they realized that of the results would require on the road. But not just any road. of the development team traveled to famed Nürburgring Nordschleife – not coincidentally the site of of the GT-R’s performance development – to test Maxima

Special attention was placed on rigidity, suspension and steering, with honing Maxima’s against some well-established sports sedans.

A number of changes came directly the Nürburgring trials, including to the braking and transmission systems, Castignetti. But more importantly, it notice to the entire Nissan that the new Maxima is back in the performance arena where it belongs.

Aggressive Design Adds a Wow to the Sedan Category

While to create a simple-yet-strong presence, the of the new Maxima’s exterior also to re-assert Maxima’s breakthrough – establishing a wow level of that would clearly it from segment competitors.

The design theme for the new Maxima is Motion – focusing on the of its powerful and beautiful surfaces, the undulation of a wave. The look with Maxima’s aggressive and powerful fender volume, is not unlike many exotic cars on the market today. deeply sculpted body/fender is seldom used for mass vehicles because of the engineering and complexity required to physically it.

Maxima’s new stance is created by a reduction in wheelbase and overall along with a wider and rear track.

Maxima’s new imparts a strong, premium The large, wraparound L-shaped add a unique dimension to the overall while the light surrounds a powerful turbine appearance of and strength. The upturned headlight combines with a wide large bumper opening and catamaran-style hood to give a formidable expression, setting the for the rest of the vehicle.

The powerful form continues along its with careful layering of the hood and fender parting The polished, elegant motion from the deep-waisted rear through distinctive Maxima-style and high trunk lid.

versus the previous generation, the new measures the same width at the but wider at each fender, not only helps project a appearance but also allows a in the visual gap between the fenders and and tires. Maxima’s dynamic stance is accented by 18-inch and 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels low-profile performance tires.

Another new styling feature is the Dual Panel Moonroof, is traditionally offered only in segments. The Dual Panel includes a front section moves like a normal (positioned farther forward typical), with a very opening to provide an open-air feeling. There is also a translucent rear section provides light to rear passengers. The overall design the appearance that the entire is composed of black glass.

The Panel Moonroof includes power sunshades for both the and rear glass sections, a level of convenience.

At the rear, features a new 12-LED L-shaped design, with a pair of marker bulbs for added during night driving.

breathtaking new exterior gives it a almost coupe-like appearance, plenty of driveway appeal, Castignetti. It’s one sedan will definitely be noticed by the door neighbors, along a lot of other people.

Maxima is in a choice of eight exterior Winter Frost, Super Navy Blue, Tuscan Radiant Silver, Mystic Precision Gray and Dark

Leading-Edge Sports Sedan Platform

Nissan Maxima

For five previous Maxima has been built on a drive (FWD) platform. Yet the new Maxima’s development team was open for discussion, including the of front-wheel drive versus drive (RWD). Although are well-known advantages of RWD in terms of handling, it was ultimately decided by switching Maxima from its platform to Nissan’s new D platform, was first introduced on the current Altima Sedan, Hybrid and the target Maxima performance be delivered – without up the added FWD benefits of lower lower weight and enhanced versus a RWD platform.

As demonstrated time and again the new Altima, the new Nissan D platform is an piece of engineering – responsive handling while eliminating the torque steer associated with high FWD applications, said Castignetti. For the new we’ve continued to refine the D creating what we believe is one of the front-wheel drive car in the world, far other FWD vehicles in its class. a level of performance that we will be highly addictive.

In driving performance worthy of flagship, the Maxima’s body and engineering teams worked to create a secure feeling, no torque steer during and a level of nimbleness that makes a car fun to drive.

A range of helped achieve these including increasing body and adjusting the wheelbase and track Body rigidity was increased by 15 and front strut mounting was increased by 100 percent, with structures added to the engine and additional reinforcement applied to the panel structure. Maximas with the Sport or Premium feature a panel behind the seat that improves rigidity by 17 percent versus with a fold-down rear (a rear trunk pass-through is with this panel).

The Nissan Maxima has a wheelbase of inches, a decrease of 1.9 inches the 2008 Maxima, and width has increased by 1.5 inches to 73.2 The front and rear track of 62.4 inches represents of 1.4 inches front and 1.2 inches over the previous model.

Additional D platform enhancements the use of aluminum suspension links, suspension geometry, new technology revised steering and suspension a lower engine mounting and of a new Xtronic CVT™ (Continuously Transmission), all of which contribute to torque steer and improved prowess.

A Refined Engine and CVT

to the previous generation, the new Maxima more horsepower and torque, quicker acceleration response and a Maxima Sound – a sporty sounding exhaust For 2009, Maxima again a standard 3.5-liter VQ-series V6 enhanced and refined to take its performance to new levels.

The revised features a modular engine with microfinished crank and cam lobes, molybdenum coated pistons, a resin intake digital knock control, six coils (one per spark and a cross-flow coolant pattern. utilized are a Continuously Variable Timing Control System a variable induction system, a timing chain and electronically throttle.

In refining the award-winning V6 for use in the new Maxima, engine development focused on three areas increasing air intake, increasing burn efficiency and lowering backpressure. Steps utilized to air intake included increasing manifold collector port adding a second power in the intake manifold, changing collector material to resin for mass and more flow, the shape of the intake valves and the throttle chamber diameter.

burn efficiency was improved by the engine’s compression ratio to (from 10.3:1), changing the shape for reduction of friction and and adding exhaust-side continuous timing control (quad timing system). Exhaust was reduced through optimizing the system layout.

The 2009 Nissan Maxima3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 is now at 290 horsepower and 261 lb-ft of torque increases of 35 horsepower and 9 lb-ft of over the 2008 Maxima.

development time was also on enhancing the sporty engine for an increased exhilaration feeling. The new also utilizes additional absorption material and a new sound to enhance induction sound. vibration and harshness (NVH) has been improved through a of measures, including adoption of a new engine mounting system.

The which replaces the previous Maxima’s four-point mounting, upper and lower torque high rigidity front and aluminum brackets and front and switchable control mounts to NVH performance under high torque conditions.

All 2009 Maximas come equipped a revised Xtronic CVT™ manual mode, tuned for Maxima’s sporty driving The Maxima development team the previous CVT design to improve and strike a balance between and comfort, ultimately creating a that provides a true between engine and transmission, with smooth, responsive and operation.

For drivers seeking the in vehicle control, a new Ds mode sport) has been added to the CVT for Ds mode is an electronic control that enhances sport through increased acceleration with higher engine automatic engine braking and engine speed during

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