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]