Looks like Nissan is going to Maxima-ise its profits with the all new Nissan maxima that is going to roll out fresh out of the Nissan’s production unit in USA. Making a debut at the New York auto show in 2014, the maxima has raised bars for the sporty sedan car segment. Maxima did not glide down glory road; Nissan motors had their shares of bumps and bruises. Let’s delve into the history of the Maxima.[caption id="attachment_2635" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Image Source: http://lh3.ggpht.com/[/caption]HISTORY:The Nissan Maxima has been a stunning performer since 1977, formerly named Datsun 810 it was a smashing hit in the midsize sedan segment. The car wasn’t known only for its performance, the price and comfort won the hearts of skeptics and critics.During 1981, the second generation Maxima’s made their grand entrance, luxury was of utmost priority. However, there were insipid off beat features that messed things up a bit for Nissan. Albeit the awkward features, genuine buyers did not seem concerned about the premium price of the Maxima.Datsun started becoming Nissan in 1982 and the 810 was given the name “maxima” the car did not undergo too many changes initially, except for a few cosmetic touch-ups, installation of new headlights, while the 2.4 liter V6 engine that produced 120 Hp, remained the same. The Maxima had a 5 speed manual transmission and an optional 3-speed configuration with auto transmission and rear wheel drive.Not too many changes were found in the maxima, but the year 1985 graced the second generation Maxima (Datsun was out) had front wheel drive and a gamut of noticeable upgrades for the sedan as well as the wagons.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-SgwBfT9gYThe all-new 3-liter V6 engine was introduced to the new Maxima that were powered by 154 ponies. The sedans and wagons that had the GL label had various improvements done to the comfort, capacity, braking, suspension as well as the overall driving dynamics. Maxima had accelerated away to glory.Another upgrade was the Facelift that the Maxima went through, thereby gaining a new baseline (GXE) allowing a choice of another automatic variant in the sportier SE. The new and smart suspensions installed in the Maxima could detect the road conditions and could adjust it accordingly.During 1989, a new 4-door sports car was born under the maxima nameplate. Nissan had completely opted out of the wagon segment and ventured into making the maxima sportier than ever. The sporty SE had a 3-liter V6 engine and powered up 190 horses under its hood, which could reach 0-60 in just 7 seconds.A few successful years later, Nissan bought out the fourth generation maxima cars that lasted from 1995-1999. The new GLE trim Maxima’s had more rear legroom space and a longer wheelbase. The redesigned Maxima were constructed of aluminum and it had a new engine. Not only was the weight of the car lesser than its predecessors, it also managed to power up its race all the way to a record breaking sales achievement. Owing to a good performance, not many changes were evident in this generation of Maxima cars.The fifth generation Maxima’s lasted from 2000 to 2003. The engine was upgraded to a 3.5 liter V6 that had 255 hp with an optional CVT that improved the fuel economy of the car. Although, this was quite a powerful Maxima and we might believe that this car would have performed well on the sales sheets, it sadly did not. The main reason were the cheap looking interiors that gave the Nissan Maxima a struggle to survive.Following the footsteps of the leading car manufacturer (Toyota), Nissan had shifted the Maxima car production to its U.S based plant. The 6thgeneration Maxima was all American. Nissan had introduced the sporty SE and SL models. The SE model had 18 inch wheels, 8 speakers, CD stereo, Keyless entry and power accessories where as the SL was built for a softer ride, with 17 inch wheels, heated leather seats, 320-watt Bose stereo, wooden finish interiors and the look and feel of a luxury car (at least from the inside) The maxima cars remained untouched till the succeeding generation took over. The Maxima went through major upgrades in 2009 and was available in a base variant (S) and a luxurious variant (SV). The powerful engine had 290 wild horses that were tamed by a CVT with an impressive performance. The new maxima could do 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds. Technology was just flourishing and the car kept getting better.The techno friendly Nissan maxima had hard-drive navigation system, voice recognition, real time traffic, rear view camera, digital music storage capability and an iPod interface. There was a premium package too that offeredHeated power tilt-telescoping steering wheel, driver memory functions, heated front seats, rear bucket seats as well as Bluetooth support.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVkIMcELk2o THE NEW 2015 MAXIMA… WHAT’S NEW?[caption id="attachment_2634" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Image Source: http://reviewallcars.com/[/caption]The new Maxima-2015 made its debut at the New York Auto Show, Nissan North America Chairman Jose Munoz said that, “The difference between the concept car and the production car will be very small." The new Maxima will look similar to the “Sport Sedan Concept”The car will feature a new “V-Motion” front fascia with a prominent grille;the new headlights look quite impressive too. It is anticipated that the new model could be powered by a 3.5 liter 24-valve DOHC V6 engine that would produce at least 290 bhp and the enhanced variant should deliver 300 hp and above with a lot of focus on fuel economy.[caption id="attachment_2633" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Source: www.motortrend.com[/caption]The baseline S model would come equipped with 18 inch alloy wheels, auto headlights, cruise control, sunroof, keyless entry / ignition as well as dual-zone auto climate control, tilt and telescopic steering column, power front seats, with leather finish, auto dimming rear view mirror as well as a 6-CD changer and auxiliary audio jack.The SV would have a luxurious touch of technology with integrated mirror turn signals, fog-lamps, driver seat comforts, full leather upholstery as well as a 9-speaker Bose Stereo upgrade. Additional upgrades such as heated steering wheel, seats, mirrors, driver memory functions etc would be made available for an extra price.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkEPme_RaVsSeemingly enough, the mileage and expected fuel economy is going to be 19mpg in the city and 26 on the highway. The CVT upgrade would help curb the additional expenses on fuel.PRICE:The new 2015 Maxima should be available in 2014 (autumn) and the expected price range is $ 31,000 - $ 40,000, which isn’t too bad considering the features and technology.BOTTOM LINE:A sheer marvel and a techno-loaded car, it is going to give its competitors a run for their dollars. It is difficult to keep your eyes off this beauty. Judging by rumors and news, the Maxima doesn’t seem to have any niggles. Lets hope it performs the same way on roads.
Nissan is one of the few automobile companies which are known for superior and elegant design. This Japan based automobile company is now targeting the MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle) segment with its new release Qashqai. Nissan Qashqai was one of the first cars to combine 4×4 styling with hatchback running costs and this formula from Nissan quickly turned it into a best-seller concept.
In 2006 Qashqai kick started the year with a cross-over Qashqai (old). With the new version of Qashqai, Nissan is all set to do the same once again. The latest model is built on the same model in par with the old Qashqai model offering more style, sharper handling space, along with better fuel economy and new equipment’s under the skin to make this car more trendy and classy.
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So let’s dive in to the review to understand the aspects of the car and come to a point where we can decide whether this car has enough power packed to call it a new cross-over or just an ordinary release.
Before going to preview, here are the technical specifications of the Nissan Qashqai
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When it comes to the exteriors the new Qashqai has a better design when compared to the old Qashqai with in-detail and sharp looks. In front, the Nissan Qashqai features a sharp nose with angular headlamps and ravishing running lights made from LED. The twin chrome bars adds a new and trendy look and at back the LED tail-lamps wrap around the corners of the car and on the tailgate makes the car more elegant and classy. The Qashqai body is built with a smooth stream line with advanced aerodynamics with active elements. By looking into all this we can observe that Nissan has done a great rework when it comes to the car’s looks. It truly sets a new benchmark for the crossover design.
When it comes to the interiors, Nissan has reinvented the aspects of the car to make it more suitable for family rides. Qashqai interiors are neatly designed with plenty of soft-touch plastics. All the controls are cleverly placed so the driver feels more comfortable using them. The car’s raised height level gives the driver an excellent view of the road and by doing this Nissan has certainly raised the driving levels. The dash board is neatly furnished with an LCD monitor from which the user can perform all the actions in the car with ease.
The company has added another innovative feature to the Nissan Qashqai which is called as the Active Grille Shutter system. This intelligent technology maximizes the cars aerodynamic efficiency by closing off the airflow through the radiator when it is not needed. The grille shutter automatically shuts at speeds over 30kph and only opens if sensors detect that the engine needs cooling and when it cools it is automatically shut again. This is a new feature invented by Nissan and is debuting with this car.
Review: Driving Performance & Engine
When it comes to the engine, Qashqai has 3 variant 1.6-Litres Diesel (High-range), 1.5-Litres Diesel (Mid-range), 1.2-Litres Petrol (Low-range). The 1.5-Litres Diesel engine can reach 0-60mph in 12.4 seconds which is not a considerable range for a car like this. If you are a guy who likes speed and is willing to pay for the speed the 1.6-Litres Diesel is the best choice to give this car a good speed as the 1.6-Litres Diesel engine can reach 0-60mph in just 10.5 seconds while the low end 1.2-Litres petrol can reach 0-60mph in 11.3 seconds.
Both 1.6-Litres and 1.5-Litres Diesel engines are quite good for a car like this, but 1.5-Litres Diesel is worth for its price tag while the high end has a slight high price tag. With this engine the driving experience is smooth and the greatest advantage that lies in this is that the fuel-economy is high. The precise combination of throttle response with 6 speed gear box delivers a great driving at experience. The turnings on the city roads are very smooth due to the raised ground clearance as now the driver will about to get a clear view of the road. The steering grip is high and breaking individual wheels in a precise manner delivers more positive turn-in. The 360 camera assist system is quite handy while parking the car as it gives a 360 degrees view of the backside. But the disadvantage in this system is that its allotted only for the high-end model.
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Qashqai (old) was awarded with five star rating for the safety measures by test body Euro NCAP. While the new one is also offering the best possible safety measures which includes the individual tire breaking system, 6 Air bags ( 4 for front and two for rear ), and stability control system. The high and middle level Qashqai also offers smart vision pack which includes systems that warn if you’re going out of your lane or in danger of having a collision with obstacles. An image showing the safety test under Euro NCAP.
Running Cost & Rivals:
As far as the price tag goes many prices are specualted in the market, but the actual pricing is not confirmed yet by the company. Even the so called low end model also has the basic features such as iPod and Bluetooth connectivity, Cruise control system, AC-vents which many other companies that don’t offer s for a low end model think. However the mid and high end are equipped with more add-on features. I think Nissan should hold its value better than the rival models from companies such as Mazda, Ford, Hyundai, and Vauxhall.
For me the Nissan Qashqai is a power packed car as it has all the features what that are needed. But we have to wait for the official release of the price tag to see how deep a pocket one needs. If the price is set to an affordable range then I am sure that this will be one of the best model to watch out for, as it has all the qualifications which can help to seize the market from its rivals.