Nissan's new special-edition Maxima will go on sale this fall.
2021 will mark the 40th anniversary of the Nissan Maxima, making it the "longest continuous running Nissan nameplate" in the US after debuting in 1981 back when the Datsun 810 was rebranded as the Maxima. To celebrate this special anniversary, Nissan is launching a new limited-edition Maxima 40th Anniversary Edition for the 2021 model year.
Arriving this fall, the commemorative Maxima is distinguished by a unique two-tone Ruby Slate Gray Pearl exterior with a black roof, along with unique 19-inch gloss black aluminum-alloy wheels, 40th anniversary badging, and black exhaust finishers.
Inside, the limited-edition Maxima features red semi-aniline leather seats with 40th Anniversary embossing, red contrast interior stitching, satin dark chrome trim, and white speedometer and tachometer faces inspired by older Maxima models. Heated rear seats also come as standard.
Don't expect any changes under the hood, however. Like the 2020 model, the 2021 Nissan Maxima will be powered by a 3.5-liter V6 producing 300 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 261 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm, paired with a standard Xtronic continuously variable transmission sending power to the front wheels. In addition to the 40th Anniversary Edition, the 2021 Maxima will be offered in SV, SR and Platinum trims.
Consequently, this means the current 2020 model's S, SL, and Platinum Reserve trims will not carry over for 2021. With the SV trim serving as the base model, the 2021 Maxima will get inevitably get a price increase. For reference, the 2020 Nissan Maxima starts at $34,450 for the S trim and $36,650 for the SV trim. Pricing for the 40th Anniversary Edition hasn't been announced yet, but it's probably going to be pricey considering it will have limited availability and be loaded with extras.
Pricing and specifications for the 2021 Nissan Maxima lineup will be announced closer to the on-sale date in fall 2020.