Full reveal coming next month.
The last time we drove the Nissan Maxima back in 2017, we didn't come away overly impressed. Even though its marketed as Nissan's "four-door-sports-car," the Maxima falls short of being a true sports sedan by a large margin. Earlier this year, we learned that Nissan was planning a refresh for the 2020 model year to be revealed at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. As it turns out, Nissan couldn't wait for the 2020 model year or for the Detroit Auto show because the facelifted 2019 Maxima will debut next month at this year's LA Auto Show.
The 2019 model is a facelift of the eighth-generation Maxima, which debuted back in 2016. So far, Nissan has only released a single picture of the car, so we can only assume the 3.5-liter 300-horsepower V6 will remain untouched, along with its continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Nissan has only released one piece of information, that the 2019 Maxima will offer available Safety Shield 360 driver assistance technology.
The 2019 Maxima looks like a handsome car but it is a far cry from the completely redesigned model we were expecting. For years, we've been hoping Nissan would ditch the Maxima's front-wheel-drive architecture in favor of a sportier rear-wheel-drive layout. Instead, the Maxima will soldier on with FWD and a CVT, completely alienating any enthusiasts who covet a true four-door-sports-car.
Very few automakers still compete in the large sedan segment and dwindling sales show this segment may not last much longer. Hopefully, after 2019, Nissan will give the Maxima the refresh it deserves, or put it out to pasture.