When the Cobo Center opens its doors in a couple of weeks for the Detroit Auto Show, there'll be plenty of new metal on display – and this is the latest.

Nissan announced today that it will bring a new Sport Sedan Concept to the Detroit show, releasing the short statement below accompanied by the teaser image above. Expected to hint at the next Maxima, the concept "previews a new energetic design direction that amplifies Nissan's legendary approach of applying sports car principles to a sedan."

That's about all Nissan is saying for now, so we'll have to wait a while longer to find out more. But the concept will be joined on the show floor by the IDx Freeflow and IDx Nismo concepts that'll be showcased for the first time in North American after their debut at the Tokyo Motor Show over a month ago.
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Dec. 31, 2013
Nissan Sport Sedan Concept Set for World Debut at 2014 North American International Auto Show

- Nissan Sport Sedan Concept offers an advanced look at a future production sports sedan
- Embodies next-generation Nissan design signatures
- Nissan IDx Freeflow and IDx NISMO concepts make first North American appearances
- Press conference set for January 13, 2014 at 3:50 p.m. EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nissan continues its rollout of show-stopping advanced concept vehicles with the world debut of the stunning Sport Sedan Concept at the 2014 North American International Auto Show. The Sport Sedan Concept will be joined by the North America debuts of the Nissan IDx Freeflow and IDx NISMO concepts, which were among the most popular vehicles at the recent Tokyo Motor Show.

The Sport Sedan Concept previews a new energetic design direction that amplifies Nissan's legendary approach of applying sports car principles to a sedan. The IDx Freeflow and IDx NISMO's innovative, eye-catching designs offer two different approaches to a next-generation compact vehicle – one expressing a casual, lifestyle-focused vision and the other an ultra-sporty design that looks as if it came directly from a driving video game.

The trio of concepts will be revealed at a press conference on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 3:50 p.m. EST and displayed throughout the public days of the show, which runs at Detroit's Cobo Hall from January 18th through 26th.

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the Americas media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.

About Nissan
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 236,000 employees globally, Nissan sold more than 4.9 million vehicles and generated revenue of 9.6 trillion yen (USD 116.16 billion) in fiscal 2012. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of over 60 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history.

For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.


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      Spartanator
      • 11 Months Ago
      What is the obsession with RWD here? If you want RWD, there are plenty of options. The Maxima doesn't need RWD. What it needs is a 7 Speed Auto instead of that CVT, and it needs an updated interior and some new sheet metal. A hybrid drivetrain would be a nice option as well. I love RWD as much as the next guy, I owned a G37 for some years and have an F-150 which is obviously RWD/4x4. However, every single car doesn't need to be RWD. If it were up to you armchair enthusiasts, the Maxima would have a V8, AWD, DCT, and an interior that rivaled an S-Class with a sticker price that would be so outrageous, you yourself wouldn't even consider it. You'd complain about the price then give the infamous response..."I'll wait to buy it used." When in reality, you wouldn't buy it at all. Rant over.
        leo
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Spartanator
        amen, all autoblogers do is complain.. like with the 320i... they all would never buy one yet they complain that it's too basic, and they had asked for a basic bmw for ages
        GFB
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Spartanator
        "What is the obsession with RWD here?" FWD cars look ugly and don't handle as well as RWD cars (both my humble opinion). "If you want RWD, there are plenty of options. The Maxima doesn't need RWD." Very true. The Maxima doesn't need to claim sports sedan aspirations, either. I suspect most buyers who shop the Maxima won't care and wouldn't know the difference. Unfortunately, the world lacks a small affordable RWD sedan because it is cheaper and more profitable to build FWD cars and because the vast majority of drivers are happy with their appliances. Autoblog readers are enthusiasts and are more likely to have opinions outside of the FWD/automatic transmission mainstream. I can understand your rant but you need to just get over it.
      audisp0rta4
      • 11 Months Ago
      Nothing says sports sedan like FWD and CVT. Here's hoping the next Maxima offers AWD and a normal transmission at least as an option.
      zizixx89
      • 11 Months Ago
      Thats funny nissan never showed concepts of the maxima before
        • 11 Months Ago
        @zizixx89
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          barkeep
          • 11 Months Ago
          Incorrect. The current generation Maxima came out in 2008 as the 2009 model, while the Ellure concept came out in 2010, which previewed the now current generations of both the 2013+ Altima and 2013+ Sentra. That latter image of the Intima concept was for the Nissan Teana J32 for the Asian market. Where the confusion lies is where that particular car is being sold, in which in Australia and New Zealand, it's sold as the Maxima. You sir need to do proper research.
          James
          • 11 Months Ago
          What are you talking about? Neither of those concepts have relation to any Maxima. The Ellure previewed the 2013 Altima and the Maxim has no relation to any U.S. market Nissans whatsoever. Did someone hack your account?
      Scooter
      • 11 Months Ago
      Given how much the Maxima has aged, I would say its 100% correct. To boost sales though, they might want to lower the MSRP a little bit.
      leo
      • 11 Months Ago
      can't be RWD, unless they want to kill the Q50 sales themselves yes it is the new Maxima, but it is still fwd
        Inteli7
        • 11 Months Ago
        @leo
        a rwd max wouldn't hurt the q50s sales, people who buy the q50 want badge prestige. plus if they lowered the hp of a rwd maxima to maybe 275hp would make sure of that .
      Azazel
      • 11 Months Ago
      If it contains a CVT, "sport" shouldn't be anywhere in the name.
      wayne
      • 11 Months Ago
      rwd sedan like the R34 skyline would be so awesome
      J.
      • 11 Months Ago
      Just put the GT-R engine in it.
      Douglas
      • 11 Months Ago
      Nissan,"Bring back the 240z,510 sedan/retro"...
      truckguy
      • 11 Months Ago
      The maxima is one of the BEST cars on the roads today.,
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        zizixx89
        • 11 Months Ago
        Well its suppose to have a 3.7 V6 so im guessing they got rid of the CVT cause thats the only thing thats gets a thumbs down on the 7th gen maxima's no one cares if it has AWD or not
          bc3091
          • 11 Months Ago
          @zizixx89
          I have a 2009 Maxima, and I wouldn't mind if it had AWD.
        Bernard
        • 11 Months Ago
        I hope you're lying because I was really hoping to not have anything at all in common with you... :-\
      Cruising
      • 11 Months Ago
      FWD, V6 has been since 1985 get use to it. I think it's going to be awesome, if the new Maxima indeed borrows heavily from this concept.
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