2012 Nissan Maxima gets minor facelift! Priced from $31,750!

Article by Christian A., on September 2, 2011

Nissan has started taking orders for the 2012 Nissan Maxima, which has a price tag of $31,75 (for the S CVT model while SV CVT is priced from $34,450). The changes on the 2012 Nissan Maxima cover both the exterior and the cabin. The Maxima will be given a subtle facelift that includes the use of a new front grille, redesigned taillights, and new wheels that have a dynamic design and are available in 18- and 19-inch sizes. Several new details are also featured on the Maxima’s interior.

There is a white background light for the instrument cluster, a new color (Cafe Latte), new trimming that includes Dark Piano-hairline trimming and Atlantic Cherry wood tone. Numerous parts also come in a metallic finish. The knob for the audio and HVAC also gets a new design.

It is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 petrol unit that produces 294 hp and has a peak torque of 261 lb-ft (353 Nm). Buyers could opt for a new Limited Edition package (for the 3.5 S model), which offers headlights that have a smoked look, a set of High Intensity Discharge (HID) Xenon headlights, metallic trimming, 18-inch aluminum-alloy Dark Hyper Silver finish wheels, a compass integrated in the rear view mirror, dark satin chrome front grille, fog lights, a rear spoiler, and outside mirrors have built-in turn signals.

The all-new Nissan Maxima is just too awesome to ignore. Seeing from the elegant flow of lines and waves around the surfaces, the “Liquid Motion” design structure has finally changed the way we look at Nissan after all these years.

Nissan has reduced the wheelbase of the new Maxima and overall length while making it wider in front and also at the rear. As a result, the new stance conveys more strength and power.

All the more, the new Maxima’s sporty fenders and newly contoured body shows there’s more to it than any other mass-produced vehicles out there. Think of it as an exotic car made for everyday driving.

The premium car now comes with bigger headlights in wraparound L-shape that kind of resembles a vortex. This design also complements the all-new Maxima’s wider hood, fenders and grille, which are all layered perfectly as well.

In spite of these changes, Nissan has maintained a few distinctive designs just like the iconic C-pillars and even the significantly high trunk lid. Still, the very hot “Liquid Motion” goes all the way around these surfaces and also at the new wider bumpers.

Basically, if we are to compare this one with the previous models, the new Maxima has the same size at the doors but it’s wider now at the fenders. This makes the new generation look sportier while taking away the gap around the surface as well as the one in between the 18-19 inch alloy wheels and low-profile performance tyres.

The all-new Maxima will be available in several colours to match the new “Liquid Motion” exterior. Watch out for Dark Slate, Precision Gray, Radiant Silver, Tuscan Sun, Navy Blue, Super Black and Winter Frost to enhance the car’s undeniably handsome new appearance.

The high-end Dual Panel Moonroof is now also available on the new Maxima. This Moonroof comes with a fixed transparent section at the rear while giving it a much-wider view when the front panel is slid forward. Meanwhile, the front and rear glass has dual power sunshades for added comfort.

At the back, Nissan has integrated a pair of side marker bulbs on the new 12-LED taillights to leave everyone breathless whenever the car passes by. Al Castignetti (VP and GM of Nissan Motor’s North America Unit) believe that since the exterior of the new Maxima resembles a coupé, it would definitely catch anyone’s attention.

Press Release

2012 Nissan Maxima

Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) announced U.S. pricing for the 2012 Nissan Maxima, which is on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide. Maxima is again offered in two well-equipped models - Maxima 3.5 S and Maxima 3.5 SV, each featuring a standard 290-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine and Xtronic CVT® transmission - and with no price increase despite a number of significant enhancements for the new model year.

For 2012, Nissan Maxima receives a refreshed exterior - with a new front grille design, new rear combination lights, and new 18-inch and 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Inside, the roomy Nissan Maxima interior's enhancements include a new meter cluster illumination color (white), new Dark Piano-hairline trim, a new Atlantic Cherry wood tone trim, a new metallic-finish trim, and a new Cafe Latte interior color. There's also a new audio segment display and new audio/HVAC knob design. In addition, two new exterior colors are offered: Java Metallic and Dark Slate.

The other big news for the 2012 Maxima is the addition of a special Limited Edition Package for the 3.5 S model, which features smoked appearance headlights, High Intensity Discharge (HID) Xenon headlights, a compass in the rearview mirror, 18-inch aluminum-alloy Dark Hyper Silver finish wheels, a rear spoiler, dark satin chrome front grille, fog lights, outside mirrors with integrated turn signals and metallic trim. The Limited Edition Package provides excellent value at an MSRP of $710 USD.

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) for the 2012 Nissan Maxima include:

Maxima 3.5 S CVT - $31,750 USD
Maxima 3.5 SV CVT- $34,450 USD
About the 2012 Nissan Maxima

The flagship Nissan Maxima continues to set the bar for Nissan sedans, combining breakthrough sports sedan styling, a driver-oriented cockpit, ample comfort and luxury for passengers and an advanced drivetrain anchored by Nissan's legendary VQ-series V6 engine.

Along with its refreshed exterior - with a new front grille design, new rear combination lights, and new 18-inch and 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels - enhancements for 2012 include a new meter cluster illumination color, new available trim selections, a new Cafe Latte interior color, and two new exterior colors. A special Limited Edition Package with unique equipment is also added to the range of available packages that includes a Premium Package, Sport Package and Tech Package.

The 2012 Maxima is offered in two well-equipped models - Maxima 3.5 S and Maxima 3.5 SV, each featuring a standard 290-horsepower 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve VQ-series V6 engine and Xtronic CVT® with manual and "Ds" (drive sport) modes and available paddle shifters. Nissan Maxima's sporty interior design combines a driver-oriented cockpit with ample comfort and luxury for passengers. The wide range of available technology includes a premium Bose® audio system, RearView Monitor and Nissan Hard Drive Navigation system with XM NavTraffic Real-Time Traffic Information and XM NavWeather™ (XM subscription required, sold separately).


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