• Mar 14th 2008 at 3:34PM
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Nissan will unveil the completely redesigned 2009 Maxima next week at the 2008 New York Auto Show, but wants to whet our appetites with some teaser shots before the big reveal. Unlike most teaser shots, we can actually glean a few details from these. The shot of the headlight, for instance, shows a new shape for the Maxima's "eyes". It appears the sheetmetal from the fender overlaps the headlights in a way that has part of the turn signal jutting out on its own. It kind of looks like the 370Z rendering that appeared in a Japanese mag we showed you a few days ago. Also note the "4DSC" sticker on the rear passenger window, which harkens back to the day when Nissan referred to the Maxima as a "4-Door Sports Car". From what little the teasers tell us, history may repeat itself next week.

[Source: Nissan]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      We have nothiing better to do than sit in auto forums waiting for automakers to tease us with partial shots. Our lives are despicably shallow.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It drives me nuts that there is little or no news on the weekends - instead I spend my whole work week surfing the net for the latest car info.
        • 7 Years Ago
        yea youre right.. i do sit here refreshing continuously and get down bc there isnt much posted during the weekend. but then again, im a car freak! much better this than porn right?
        i dont think we are shallow, just obsessed.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nissan says; "The next-generation model will go back to the drawing board, and is likely to emerge as a Mercedes CLS-style four-door-coupe. To prevent any damage it might do to sales of the G35 sedan, Nissan will likely keep the vehicle front-wheel-drive."

      All I have to say is: If you're going to bring back the 4DSC, make sure it's good enough to hold the name.
      STEP 1: RWD!


      • 7 Years Ago
      "4 door sports car" just makes Nissan sound like a company of ricers.

      Blech. Drop the lame, lame-o's.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Lots of people, including myself, find that the definition of "Sports Car" excludes cars with more than two side doors, and most that have more than two seats, with the Porsche 911 being a straddler, between GT Sport Coupe, and Sports Car. (some say Carrera and Turbo are GTs, and GT2 and GT3, ironically, are sports cars, and have only two seats and a more pure performance intent)

        A coupe with 4 seats would be considered a Sport Coupe, and a 4-door would be considered a Sport Sedan.

        But, while being fast, fun, and fantastic cars, they don't fit the stricter definitions of "Sports Car".

        I also would never call a car with more than two side doors a coupe, either, but 4-door coupe seems to be an oxymoron that has gained acceptance.

        All that said, the Maxima looks like it might be better than recent versions, and I like the fast c-pillar kink, and rake of the rear glass. Too bad the Maxima is FWD, and the G35 Sedan isn't good looking, but not as sleek as this Maxima might be.

        Still not giving up my 300hp 5-speed, >3500lb, AWD Legacy GT for it, though.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I owned a 91 Maxima with the 4DSC sticker in it, and I can say it was much sportier than any of the other Japanese sedans my friends were driving at the time. In fact, that car is still in the family, with nothing but good memories for all owners. It isn't lame, it is something that people who know take seriously.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You're aware of the tradition here, right? The "4DSC" sticker first appeared on '89 Maximas. Seems appropriate for Nissan to revive it (on its 20th anniversary) for an all-new model that's reportedly shed size and mass.
      • 7 Years Ago
      According to a reliable source:

      1. Its front wheel drive.
      2. It has a CVT transmission (albeit with paddle shifters).
        • 7 Years Ago
        This car should have AWD and a 6-spd manual, PERIOD.
        I would even take just one of those (I'd prefer the AWD w/CVT, although many others would take the manual w/FWD) if I can't have both. Otherwise this car doesn't deserve the "4DSC" label.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think some of you are missing what Nissan is trying to say by "4DSC". It's not a SPORTS CAR, as in a Corvette or Viper, but a FOUR DOOR SPORTS CAR...something in an entirely different category. Otherwise, they'd just say "Sports Car".
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah...

        and ATV owners want you to come over and ride their four wheeled motorcycle.

        And Snowmobiles are just solid-watercraft.

        Coining an oxymoronic term doesn't magically change existing definitions.

        4DSC is just a nissan marketing device. Granted they were nice cars, they are still not sports cars.

        The term already exists. The term is "Sport Sedan".

        Sedans are designed to be practical, and sport sedans make those fun. I have no problem with that, and I really enjoy my sport sedan. But it isn't a sports car. The car next to it in the garage is a sports car. They are not the same thing, inherently.

        Sports cars are designed from the first pen-stroke to be sports cars, and nothing else. They just happen to have a passenger seat, or a trunk, but only because the space was already there anyway, so might as well.
      • 7 Years Ago
      i honestly have my hopes up for this car. the current model isn't really that bad, it is basicly a nicer altima, they are just bringing back the 4DSC because the newish altima came in to the maxima's current territory.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So with the demise of the Altima SE-R and the I35, Altima in general becoming cemented as more the plain-jane Camry/Accord equivalent. . .

      I'm not so sure about that since the general sentiment is that the Altima is one of, if not the engaging car in its class. Thus, I'm lost as to how Nissan can make a larger, heavier sibling more deserving of the 4DSC moniker without a ludicrous price increase, infringing on Infiniti, or both. Unless this next-generation Max can give the current TL a run for its money in entertainment value, I say cut the ploy. There's nothing wrong with chasing customers peeking at Avalon, Lucerne, or Azera unless you're in denial. . .
      • 7 Years Ago
      Agreed. No more land yachts. C'mon Nissan.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Considering the current trend in "4 door coupes" such as the Merc CLS, BMW 6 series, a new Volkswagen Passat coupe on the way, the Aston Rapide, the Porsche Panamera...I wouldn't be surprised if it took more of those swooping lines. Nissan may have taken offense to the trend or realized they missed the boat when the previously mentioned models stole their 4DSC thunder that they abandoned so long ago.
        • 7 Years Ago
        since when is the 6-series a "4-door" coupe?
        last time i checked it only had to doors and even came in convertible form
        • 7 Years Ago
        You're right. I said 6 series but I was thinking of the CS concept possibly to be named 8 series or a 4 door 6 series.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I sure hope Nissan stays true to their word and is truly going back to their roots thus recreating the true 4DSC that the Maxima from 90-2003 had once defined.

      I truly hope this will not be an appliance like car like the current Maxima and the Toyota Avalon. If this turns out to be another bloated land barge then I am putting all of my hopes to Hyundai, since they are "actually" listening to the public.

      Come on Nissan you had a great Maxima run until 2004, let's see you bring back that spirited car that was a sight for sore eyes and aching leadfoots from the typical Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Ford Taurus type appliances.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Don't you mean "until 1995"? 1995 was when the Maxima started its decline.

        IMO, only the 1989-94 Maxima can truly be called the 4DSC.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ug - same ugly headlights off the 370Z.
      • 7 Years Ago
      when this drops next week I guarantee it'll be the most discussed car of the show.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I disagree, I believe the production Genesis Coupe will be the most discussed car of the show.
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