By on March 17, 2008

v539281ozeijsmv.jpgThat's right, Nissan is "heavily" refreshing the Maxima that's been in service since 2004. And what are they doing with car made obsolete by the V6 Altima and Infiniti G35? Your guess is as good as mine. Torque steer is already an issue on the Maxima, so more power may not be welcome. At least now there are 4DSC stickers on the side windows. But is that any different than VW trying to channel the spirit of the original, lovable Rabbit into the new one with a chrome rabbit logo on the trunk? The only thing we know is that we'll know on Wednesday the 19th. Autoblog claims it's "completely redesigned" but if you look at the teaser pics, there seems to still be funk in the trunk (lid) like the current car. So will it be what we all want, a light fun car in keeping with the original 4DSC? I'm guessing no, it'll be fat and sorta fun and not have much space in the market, like the current Maxima.

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9 Comments on “Nissan Bringing Back 4DSC!...”


  • avatar
    AKM

    Making it 4wd may be a good idea, to handle that torque. On the other hand, that would mean a change of platform for their FMdship platform, thus being even more of a competitor to the G35.

  • avatar
    factotum

    The Maxima gallery has pictures of the Hyundai Genesis coupe, guys… I couldn’t figure out why the Maxima was a two-door and had a Hyundai logo on the steering wheel.

  • avatar
    crackers

    not have much space in the market, like the current Maxima

    Nissan has made serious mistakes with marketing and product placement for the Altima and Maxima. I had always equated the Altima as a Civic competitor and the Maxima as an Accord competitor. Next thing I know, they are selling the Altima as an Accord competitor and the Maxima loses its purpose.

  • avatar
    Strippo

    They should make the Maxima RWD and turn it into the poor man’s M35. And rename it the Japanther.

    I kid (except for the affordable RWD part).

  • avatar
    Lichtronamo

    The car is completely redesigned on the new “D” platform. AWD would be feasible without changing to the FM platform given it exists on “D” in the form of the Murano. There will be a diesel in 2010 and some at FreshAlloy believe this model will be accompanied by AWD to manage the torque.

    Nissan manages to sell 60-70K Maximas a year, which is a reasonable number given that it shares platform/plants with the Altima, Murano and Quest. I think there is room for the Maxima in the Nissan/Infiniti portfolio for those who feel the Altima too pedestrian or the G35 too small or don’t want RWD.

    My guess is that the new model will be to the Avalon what the M is to the GS. How this fits the old 4DSC tag line I don’t know (especially with paddle “shifted” CVT in lieu of a true manual or DSG type transmission). I think I would have avoided use of it.

  • avatar
    zerofoo

    Base prices from “build your own” on the websites:

    Altima SE 3.5 V6 – $24,180
    Maxima SE 3.5 V6 – $28,270
    Infiniti G35 – $31,850

    If you are in the market for a V6 powered sedan, why would you spend $4,090 more on a Maxima VS the Altima?

    If you are a driving enthusiast, and you like Nissan’s V6, why wouldn’t you spend $3,580 more on a rear-drive car with more power, better interior, and a better dealer experience?

    Those two questions make it hard for Nissan to justify the existence of the Maxima.

    -ted

  • avatar
    frontline

    I remember the dealer show in LA in 1988. I saw that little 4 door sports car sticker in the window of the all new Maxima for 1989. That was a great looking and well made car. It was a much better car than the 85-88. We sold the heck out them.

  • avatar

    The old 4DSC wasn’t this big and cursed with crazy torque steer. The DOHC version was a blast, both the Maxima SE and Taurus SHO were the high watermark for mid-market family sedan fun.

    In that spirit, maybe I’ll take those stickers and slap them on a Mazda 6.

  • avatar
    Lichtronamo

    Zerofoo:

    If you are in the market for a V6 powered sedan, why would you spend $4,090 more on a Maxima VS the Altima?

    Because the Maxima is slightly bigger, has a nicer interior and better exterior, IMO.

    If you are a driving enthusiast, and you like Nissan’s V6, why wouldn’t you spend $3,580 more on a rear-drive car with more power, better interior, and a better dealer experience?

    Because its too small and too expensive with AWD.

    Those two questions make it hard for Nissan to justify the existence of the Maxima.

    Nissan sells plenty of Maximas (like Toyota sells Avalons) to justify its existence.


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