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Nissan Maxima, Sedan
Jul 18, 2002 (9:33 am)
What's new for the 2004 Maxima?
#2 of 576 New for 2004
Jul 18, 2002 (8:18 pm)
No one is sure but it seems it will be built on the Altima platform, fresher looks, larger, more HP, maybe the engine from the Q45. There has been talk of rear wheel drive but no one is sure. It seems the Altima will take the place of the current Max and the new Max will be a little more upscale. Al least that is what most people think. They have done a good job of keeping the info under wraps. Here is a link to a "supposed" picture of the new Max. It has been confirmed that it both is the car and that it is not the car.
Jul 19, 2002 (7:37 am)
Heck the current GLE offers most things one could want in a near luxury car.
Jul 22, 2002 (11:20 am)
I kinda doubt it will be RWD, V8 powered. I can picture it being a larger, more powerful version of the Altima, that seems more likely to me. Although, if they go much beyond the current Maxima 260HP they are getting toward the upper limits of how much a FWD car should have.
I also wonder if Infiniti will continue to have a thinly disguised version of the Maxima now that the G35 is on the market?
Jul 22, 2002 (10:15 pm)
I agree 260 HP is about the limit. One option would be what one manufacturer does (I forget who), and that is to limit engine power somewhat in 1st and 2nd gears.
As for Infinity, I think the I35/G35 will stay just like Toyota has the ES300/IS300. The former is the luxury cruiser, the latter the sports sedan. It reduces the need for one car to try and satisfy both markets...
Jul 23, 2002 (9:28 am)
bksward - I think it was the Saab Viggen that limited power in first gear to help tame the notoriously bad torque steer it had.
Good point about Infiniti probably wanting to keep a "soft" car like the I35 along side the G35. That's one more reason I doubt the Maxima will be RWD.
#7 of 576 Maxima News:
Jul 24, 2002 (12:14 pm)
Hello, Maxima fans. Here's what I know, or think:
The Maxima's redesign will mostly affect the inner workings of the car, since it's being moved to the Altima platform. However, don't expect a very different exterior styling. The Maxima was last redesigned only a few years ago, for the 2000 MY, not to mention the facelift and power boost it got for 2002. Nissan likely won't stray far from the current styling. Also, don't look for a boost in horsepower, if any. 260 is about the limit. However, a 6-speed manual wouldn't surprise me.
As for "mtkaplan"'s picture, I've seen it before. More pictures of this "mule" can be found at www.brianv.net/newmaxima/ I belive that this picture is a fake. Look at the headlights and tailights, and the way the roof slopes down, and compare these, and the car's profile, to an Altima. It's far to close to an Altima to be anything BUT an Altima. I don't think Nissan will risk getting that close to the Altima in styling, as I said.
Now, the next Maxima is supposed to take on the role of being Nissan's "Upscale car". The interior is where this will likely come into play. This is where it will the most differentiated from the Altima. It will likely sport numerous luxury car features, and the whole design will probably not have the so-called cheap, "Plasticy" look of the Altima.
Of course, with the Maxima moving upscale, where does this leave the I35 to go? The simple answer: Don't be surprised if the I35 just dissapears, completely. Now that the Maxima is on it's level, and the G35 is blocking the next step up, the I35 has nowhere to go. The I20 will probably be cancelled at this time, as well.
#8 of 576 Petra02
Jul 24, 2002 (6:03 pm)
Wow! You can see a 6 speed?!? Wow! What a revelation! What is that gear I seem to be getting on my 02 SE when I go down to the right of 4th gear? Oh, They already have a 6-speed...
The I35 will probably stay... It is infinity's counter to the ES300... It will just be an upscale Maxima like it is now.
The ES300 is just a fancy Camry. That doesn't stop it from selling. Especially with the G20 being replaced by the G35, there isn't an enrty-level draw for the Infinity dealers. Now the cars start at about $27k... That's around the range Lexus starts. Acura starts at around $20K with the RSX...
Jul 25, 2002 (6:23 am)
That picture is almost certainly a new Maxima. With the Maxima moving to the Altima platform, we should expect exterior styling that tends more toward the Altima than the 5th gen Maxima it replaces. That picture is right on with this theory.
Maxima will stay FWD (not RWD as rumored).
Maxima will keep 3.5 VQ engine (not V8 as rumored).
Maxima will offer CVT transmission.
Maxima will move up in price/luxury. Also up in weight so down in sportiness.
Got this from a guy who works as a contractor at the Smyrna TN plant.
Infiniti is committed to an all-RWD lineup so a Maxima-derived I35 is out.
Jul 25, 2002 (6:41 pm)
prayerfor, you are correct with everything you listed.
p.s. The picture IS the '04 max