During a media event in Los Angeles today, Nissan flashed a few images of a new concept car that will be unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show in January. According to Shiro Nakamura, senior vice president and chief creative officer of design and brand management at Nissan, this unnamed concept has a "very strong design signature" and shows "[Nissan's] future design direction."

It's certainly quite sleek, this concept, yet specific elements like the front fascia and taillamps are evolutionary steps from what we're seeing on some of Nissan's newest products. Those rear lamps look like sleeker versions of what the Sentra wears, and that grille appears to be a more stylized version of what the next-generation Rogue has been seen sporting.

As for what, exactly, this concept previews, that's still up in the air, though our best guess is that it hints at a Maxima successor. After all, Nissan did confirm to us that a new Maxima is currently in development, and showing this concept in early 2014 lines up with our predictions that the next-generation sedan should arrive in time for the 2015 model year.

We don't know if Nissan will be releasing official, high-resolution copies of these teasers anytime soon. For now, have a look at our gallery of images above, taken by AutoblogGreen honcho Sebastian Blanco, who is on hand at the event.


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      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      Of course it's going to be FWD, stop the silly rhetorical whining. It's getting old. Just like everyone complaining about the Q names you know what it is, stop acting stupid. As long as Infiniti is around the Maxima is going to remain FWD if not you would have overlapping products in terms of pricing and development cost would not be worth it. The Q50 is already $36,700 base. Maxima, V6/FWD since 1985 get use to it. It still somehow manages to sell 50k+ units a year considering it's been on the market since 2009. The Maxima is not going away it has to much brand equity, it's the middle man between more luxurious Nissan flagship and true premium entry level RWD Infiniti performance.
        zizixx89
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cruising
        Since you mentioned infiniti they will probly bring back the I35 as the Q40 which is a luxed up maxima
      jrmosery86
      • 1 Year Ago
      next Maxima? looks front wheel drive..
      Rochester
      • 1 Year Ago
      None too soon. Today's top-of-the-line Altima make buying a Maxima an odd choice for the value conscious consumer.
        Bernard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rochester
        That's been true ever since they gave the Altima a V6 in 2001. Those were the best cheap sport sedans on the market. Sure it was FWD, but it was light, had a manual option, was faster than the current V6 Camry, and had a quick turn in even if the body roll was a little excessive. I miss my 5 speed SE. But they dropped the manual transmission and added weight to it. So it's not nearly as fun. The Maxima is kind of redundant. It's only worth it on resale because of the depreciation hit.
      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      My guess is Maxima. Love the profile. Not sure on the front end.
      edward.stallings
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hideous, meaningless, side sculpting and that stupid smiley face crap that the Japanese love so much. Thank god they left it off the GTR (where they got the roof for this crap). That stupid smiley face has ruined the new Acura NSX and all Mazdas. If they love it in Japan, fine, but they are killing themselves with it here.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @edward.stallings
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      Rashard Longino
      • 1 Year Ago
      If this is the next Maxima, I dig it. The GT-R styling cues make it look different in a good way.
      vietusa74
      • 1 Year Ago
      Will probably come with a CVT, so it will still suck.
      Christopher Smith
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like the new Maxima won't get any prettier.
      Rick
      • 1 Year Ago
      So they took the ugliness of the Juke and made a car?
      V. Ramos
      • 1 Year Ago
      Kinda looks like Nissan is copying Mazda's Kodo design.
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @V. Ramos
        the friend me concept was out long before we see the prototype mazda testing, how the hell could nissan copy mazda when they have not even see the car?
          TRAILbrake
          • 1 Year Ago
          @chanonissan
          Mazda's Kodo design debut in September of 2010: Takeri Concept, Mazda6, CX-5, CX-9, Mazda3, and eventually the rest of the line-up all draw inspiration from an almost 3 year old design-study. If Nissan did copy Mazda (I don't think they did) then they had plenty of time to do it.
          chanonissan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @chanonissan
          I mean the mazda 3
          TRAILbrake
          • 1 Year Ago
          @chanonissan
          Don't get your panties in a bunch, did you even read my reply? I said Nissan DIDN'T copy Kodo. TWICE in reply to the OP. Your initial post was so fragmented and misleading that your sentence structure made it seem like the Mazda3's styling cues were a new thing. I merely cleared up any confusion by reaffirming the OP's reference to the Kodo design study. In fact, the OP didn't even mention the Mazda3. You did.
          chanonissan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @chanonissan
          My comment are not misleading the new 3 and 6 cars have the kodo design, the older ones just have a slight touch, check out mazda web. The japan mazda 5 have the first kodo desgn in 2010 but it also look like nissan forum concept which was out 1 year before it with the indent on the sides. The OP said design and not styling clues, nor did he said concept, which is different, design would have to be very similar or near exact, which would have to be a car, mazda 3 and 6 are the cars with Kodo design.
          chanonissan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @chanonissan
          this car have infiniti influence nothing more and if you remember when any Palmer was talking about nissan and infiniti designers working in the same studio you have designers copy from each other, although they are seperated now.
          chanonissan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @chanonissan
          why wait 3 years? the friend me concept looks exactly like this car, and if you talk about copy take a look at infiniti essence and the kodo concept, the essence was out before so who copied?
        bK
        • 1 Year Ago
        @V. Ramos
        The kodo seems to be the new design trend, and we should see more car company following it. Just like Audi's LED strip DRLs and Toyota's Altezza Taillights.
        bK
        • 1 Year Ago
        @V. Ramos
        The kodo seems to be the new styling trend. just like audi's led strip drl or the toyota's altezza taillights.
      Brodz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Be a sport Nissan... and put the diff at the correct end this time.
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