Likely previewing a replacement for the aging Nissan Maxima, Nissan will unveil its new Nissan Sport Sedan concept at the 2014 Detroit auto show. Nissan has released a teaser photo of the Sport Sedan concept in anticipation of the debut, which provides a preliminary look at the vehicle’s redesigned front end.
By the looks of it, Nissan will take a more sculpted, upscale design approach with the new Nissan Maxima. The hood appears to be shorter and more curved, with a more muscled shape, suggesting that Nissan wants to take the car in a sportier direction in the future. The current version of the Nissan Maxima has received few changes since it debuted at the 2008 New York auto show.
Although the overall headlight shape somewhat resembles that of the outgoing Nissan Maxima, those of the new Sport Sedan concept are leaner, sharper, and much more energetic. The angled lines of the headlights lead downward toward to the trapezoid-shaped grille, which the Sport Sedan concept now shares with the 2014 Nissan Rogue and the wacky Nissan BladeGlider concept. Expect to see this grille shape in some form or another on the production-spec Nissan Maxima, as well as on other future Nissan models, as the company looks to create a common vein running through its vehicle lineup.
Also on view at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show will be the popular Nissan IDx Freeflow and IDx Nismo concept vehicles first shown at the 2013 Tokyo auto show. Built on the same “flexible box” sedan platform, both models are envisioned as a modern reinterpretation of the Datsun 510. Each car responds to demand from opposite ends of the automotive spectrum; the IDx Freeflow is a retro-like mass-market economy vehicle for the casual buyer, while the video game simulator-inspired IDx Nismo is designed for enthusiastic boy-racer types who care more about excitement and performance.
Nissan engineers say that IDx Freeflow could use a 1.2-to-1.5-liter gasoline engine paired with a CVT, while the IDx Nismo could potentially employ a 1.6-liter high-performance direct-injection turbocharged engine mated to a CVT with 6-speed manual shift functionality.
Stay tuned for more information on the IDx and Sport Sedan concepts leading up to the 2014 Detroit auto show in January.