The coronavirus pandemic and global silicon chip shortage have affected new product rollouts and production schedules at Nissan. The company has pushed back the Nissan Ariya‘s launch in its first – Japan – from mid-2021 to this winter (December 2021-February 2022) because of the supply chain issues.
It is possible that other upcoming Nissan models in the market, including the next-gen Maxima, are running behind schedule. On 15 June 2021, autonews.com reported that Nissan plans to temporarily shut down production of the current-gen Nissan Maxima at the Nissan Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant (Tennessee, USA).
Nissan Maxima’s succession plan is all-electric
The Nissan Maxima as we know it will no longer remain on sale after the eighth generation, autonews.com reported in August 2020. Instead, the American-focused product will morph into an all-electric sedan in its next generation.
Competing with the Toyota Avalon in a segment that is shrinking as customers flock to crossover-SUVs, the Nissan Maxima will be one of many U.S. Nissan models in the queue for a full makeover as part of the Nissan four-year plan announced in May 2020.
The Nissan Maxima has been a typical American sedan for 40 years with a large internal combustion engine. In its eighth generation currently, it will shift to a pure electric powertrain by 2023 when it enters its ninth generation. The reference is already set; the Nissan IMs concept introduced at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show was the direction of the future Nissan electric sedan.
Platform & Specifications
A large Nissan electric SUV slotting above the Ariya also came into the picture last year. It is possible that technically this model and the Nissan Maxima electric sedan are related. Nissan has a strong focus on electrified vehicles, including EVs and electric-motor-powered vehicles (like e-POWER models). The architecture would be the CMF-EV which debuted on the Ariya and would be used by a host of models from the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance this decade.
The next-gen Nissan Maxima electric sedan could be offered in single-motor 2WD and twin-motor AWD variants, with two different battery pack options. The Nissan IMs’ electric powertrain comprises two electric motors generating 483 horsepower (360 kW) and 590 lb.-ft. (800 Nm) of torque, one each at the front and rear, and a 115 kWh battery pack. It can travel approximately 380 miles (611.56 km) on a full charge.
The pure-electric Nissan Maxima could be a good 2-3 years away from going on sale.
On the 2021 Nissan Maxima
The most recent update for the Nissan Maxima was for the MY2021 late last year. With this update, Wi-Fi hotspot became a standard feature and a 40th Anniversary Edition option package became available for the top-of-the-line Platinum grade. The limited-production Maxima Platinum 40th Anniversary Edition came with the following additional features:
- Exclusive two-tone color scheme in Ruby Slate Gray Pearl and black (roof)
- Black exterior finishers and trim badges, including 40th Anniversary badge
- Unique 19-inch gloss black wheels
- Black exhaust finishers
- Satin Dark Chrome interior faceted finishers
- Red contrast stitching
- Heated rear seats
- White speedometer and tachometer faces
Nissan IMs concept – Image Gallery
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