The GT-R's twin-turbo V6 is not involved, sadly.
Some may be wondering why there’s a need for the Nissan Maxima now that the latest Altima sedan has launched and they do have a point. On the one hand, the Maxima is a stylish family sedan inside and out, but it has largely abandoned its “four-door sports car” roots. It’s not like the new Altima has fully taken its place, but it is now larger and more premium than ever. The Altima has, in many ways, invaded the Maxima’s segment territory. To justify its existence, an updated Maxima is slated to debut at LA late next month, and just last week we saw our first image of its facelifted front end.
Today, however, Cars Direct claims it’s learned that the 2019 Maxima will offer a new Platinum Reserve trim that comes with an upgraded interior option.
It’s here where the Maxima Platinum Reserve will share one key ingredient with the GT-R supercar killer: diamond-quilted semi-aniline leather seats featuring Rakuda tan (pictured below in the GT-R), which is a deep caramel color normally reserved only for the GT-R. It’s not like you or anyone else will mistaken sitting in the premium trim Maxima for a GT-R, but it’s nice seeing Nissan go the extra mile, if you will, with the interior upgrades.
Oh, and aside from the formerly GT-R-only leather upholstery, the Maxima Platinum Reserve will also receive heated rear seats, charcoal headliner, various two-tone touches, and unique 19-inch wheels.
Seeing a Platinum Reserve trim become available for the Maxima isn’t without precedent, as this same top-trim is also optional for the Titan and Armada. Nissan has not yet announced official pricing, the 2018 Maxima started at $34,315 and could climb as high as $41,985, so expect the Platinum Reserve to be slightly higher than the latter figure.
But the Maxima already has and will continue to have one critical feature the new Altima does not: a 3.5-liter V6 with 300 hp and 261 lb-ft of torque. The Altima, which starts at $24,645, is four-cylinder and turbo four only.