UPDATE 11/28/18: This story has been updated with additional details after the sedan's Los Angeles premiere.
Not to be outdone by its smaller sibling, the Altima, which was recently redesigned, the Nissan Maxima sedan is getting an update for 2019. The Maxima's changes aren't as major; this mid-cycle refresh mainly consists of new styling and technology features.
The 2019 Maxima's look kicks off with a new front-end design featuring revised LED headlights with LED accents. Nissan's Vmotion grille shape is more pronounced, and the lower bumper has been redone as well. A revised rear bumper includes four integrated tailpipe openings, and on SR models, a spoiler sits atop the trunk lid. Nissan cast five new wheel designs for each trim (up to 19 inches on the new Platinum Reserve) and added Sunset Drift (the orange seen on the 2019 Altima) to the Maxima's color palette.
Inside, Nissan upgraded the upholstery and dash materials-particularly on the SR model, which features diamond-quilted seats, orange stitching, and orange microsuede. The Platinum Reserve borrows the semi-aniline leather from the GT-R Premium and adds bronze-colored trim and a two-tone steering wheel.
The Maxima offers a more comprehensive suite of active-safety features, called Safety Shield 360, which brings blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, and automatic high-beams as standard equipment. They’re standard only on the SR Premium package and the Platinum. Adaptive cruise control and traffic-sign recognition are optional and now available on lesser trims, while a driver-attention monitor becomes standard for all.
There are no significant mechanical changes for the 2019 Maxima, which continues to offer a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 300 horsepower and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) as its sole powertrain option. The V-6 will set the Maxima apart now that the Altima has transitioned to a turbocharged four-cylinder as its upgrade engine. The 2019 Maxima goes on sale in mid-December.
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