Concept will foretell design direction of long-in-the-tooth Maxima

Nissan is gearing up for a full show at Detroit. On top of the previously shown IDx Freeflow and IDx NISMO concepts from the Tokyo Auto Show, the Japanese automaker will also show “an advanced look at a future production sports sedan.”

Expected to be the next Nissan Maxima, the concept (seen in the teaser above) leans heavily on the new corporate face used by other models, such as the Rogue and Pathfinder.

A new Maxima would be welcomed news for Nissan dealers as the model has only seen a modest refresh since the latest generation was introduced in 2009. Engines may also get downsized, with the possibility of the same 2.5-litre supercharged four-cylinder used in the Pathfinder Hybrid making its way under the hood of the next full-size sedan. The Maxima will likely continue with the 3.5-litre V6 as an option.

Full details will be announced January 13th at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Press release below.


Nissan Sport Sedan Concept Set for World Debut at 2014 North American International Auto Show

  • Nissan Sport Sedan Concept offers an advanced look at a future production sports sedan
  • Embodies next-generation Nissan design signatures
  • Nissan IDx Freeflow and IDx NISMO concepts make first North American appearances
  • Press conference set for January 13, 2014 at 3:50 p.m. EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nissan continues its rollout of show-stopping advanced concept vehicles with the world debut of the stunning Sport Sedan Concept at the 2014 North American International Auto Show. The Sport Sedan Concept will be joined by the North America debuts of the Nissan IDx Freeflow and IDx NISMO concepts, which were among the most popular vehicles at the recent Tokyo Motor Show.

The Sport Sedan Concept previews a new energetic design direction that amplifies Nissan’s legendary approach of applying sports car principles to a sedan. The IDx Freeflow and IDx NISMO’s innovative, eye-catching designs offer two different approaches to a next-generation compact vehicle – one expressing a casual, lifestyle-focused vision and the other an ultra-sporty design that looks as if it came directly from a driving video game.

The trio of concepts will be revealed at a press conference on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 3:50 p.m. EST and displayed throughout the public days of the show, which runs at Detroit’s Cobo Hall from January 18th through 26th.




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