The shooters at KGP Photography have provided their first shots of a ’16 Nissan Maxima prototype, which takes inspiration from Nissan's ’14 Sport Sedan concept.
The adventurously styled Sport Sedan concept furthers Nissan's crossover design language, taking it into the midsize sedan segment to battle style leaders, such as the Ford Fusion and Mazda6. With this rather lightly camo'd prototype, nearly all of the concept's key design traits have been adapted into a production design, only marginally toned down.
Sources at AutoPacific say to expect a performance-oriented hybrid Maxima variant, reportedly using a 2.5L supercharged, direct-inject four-cylinder engine mated to a battery to provide strong, V6-like performance. This system is seen as a way to further differentiate the Maxima from the encroaching Nissan Altima, which will use a more sedate, eco-minded hybrid setup. The Maxima's newly invigorated design is seen as a meaningful step to better separate the two sedans in Nissan's showrooms.
Photo credit: KGP Photography