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The official unveiling of the 2009 Nissan Maxima will occur at next month's New York Auto Show. Despite Nissan's efforts to hide the car away until then, it just couldn't keep its new 4-Door out of sight. If you hadn't guessed already, a thoroughly covered Maxima was recently caught by spy photographers while out for a romp in the snow. The recent spell of frigid weather has created the perfect conditions for automakers to break out their test mules to collect more cold weather exposure data. Through the snowflakes and camouflage the new Maxima's details are rather difficult to discern. However, with what little there is to observe it appears that the rear end will be less bulbous than its predecessor. The rear fenders also flare out a bit, which makes for a sportier looking stance than the flat lines of the current model. We're told that the new 2009 Nissan Maxima will go a long way in restoring this car's identity, which has been muddled for years in between the hot-selling Altima and decidedly more sporty Infiniti G35 sedan. We'll let you know what we find in New York next month.
[Source: TheCarConnection]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks exciting. Dont really know whats up with the hood in the pictures. Im hoping its just air flowing through whatever they are using to cover the car.


      I agree with you about the 3.7 in the maxima not being a great idea. I hope they reserve the use of the VQ37HR for cars that are a bit more performance oriented.
      • 7 Years Ago
      And how exactly are the maxima and M35/45 the same? Please elaborate. As for why is this not an M35, it just got a small redesign and was released less than 2 years ago...
      • 7 Years Ago
      they don't need to give it the 3.7, the 3.5 makes 306 in the G35 adn only 270 in the Altima, so they can differentiate by just tuning, the thing is increasing power and FWD might just not work out too good.

      they need to add AWD to this - which might not work out cause of the G35
      • 7 Years Ago
      I meant looks like big Altima.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I can definitely see some family resemblance with the GT-R in the front end, with the near vertical front grill with upper and lower intakes flanked by headlights that taper back up the front fender. That alone should go a long way towards putting the "sport" back in the (look of the) Maxima. The roofline is definitely standard Nissan, which I don't think is a bad thing, and from the c pillar back in the last photo bears a strong resemblance to the current Altima, with the slightly muscular shoulders compared to the flat ones on the 06 Altima and the current Maxima. A diesel option as well as whatever Nissan develops for its own hybrid system would be nice too. I would think they'd have to put some version of the 3.7L V6 in the G35 in this to give it some HP separation from the Altima.

      Love the wheels on it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like a big Maxima. Not sure why Nissan thinks there is a lot of room between the Altima and G35 for a similar FWD sedan. I wouldn't drive one, but Nissan needs an Avalon and Azera competitor.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am expecting a lot from the 09 Maxima ( because I want one and have been waiting for the new body style forever ) these pics aren't a far stretch from the current Maxima or Altima. I think Nissan is trying to pull the wool over our eyes because this looks exactly like the Nissan Teana,even with the camoflauge. There are pics of the Teana in the same black camoflauge on the web from earlier last year and it looks the same as this "supposed" 09 Maxima with the exception of the rims. I am really hoping this is the Teana being used as some type of diversion because I am not impressed Nissan! Excite us like you did years ago. I want to be totally suprised when the New Maxima is reveiled March 19th at the New York Auto Show. Can't wait...