2016 Nissan Maxima Changes — Rumors About New Engines

After the initial introduction at the Detroit Auto Show this year, where the manufacturer proved that the 2016 Nissan Maxima is almost ready for the market, the automotive world has been expecting this car impatiently. There’s no any official information about the precise release date, but the 2016 Maxima will be released this fall.

It would be too optimistic to hope for an exact copy of the Nissan’s Sport Sedan concept, but we could say with certainty that the exterior of the 2016 Nissan Maxima will be based on the Sport Sedan’s design language.


The smooth, hopefully well-sculpted body of the redesigned Maxima will probably divert the attention from the engine lineup. According to some reports, the new Maxima’s base engine won’t be changed. There are some announcements which claim that there will be an additional, more powerful unit and probably a hybrid powertrain.

Nissan Sport Sedan Concept Base for 2016 Nissan Maxima

We have to wait for the official information about it, but we can assume that there’s a possibility that the base 3.5-liter V6 engine will be accompanied by some new powertrains in the engine lineup. It would be reasonable to assume that the 2016 Nissan Maxima comes with improved EPA fuel economy, due to some engineering and design changes.

2016 Maxima --Sport Sedan Concept

Exterior of 2016 Nissan Maxima Will Be Based on Sport Sedan Concept

The appearance of the 2016 Maxima will be, like we already said, based on the Sport Sedan concept. While the essential features of this concept should find their way into the production Maxima’s design, those two would still differ. It would be shame if the brilliant Sport Sedan’s fascia couldn’t be implemented to raise the appearance of the redesigned Nissan Maxima at the higher level.

2016 Nissan Maxima Sport Sedan

The mere appearance wouldn’t be the only thing improved. The recognizable V-Motion style makes an impressive appearance, but the 2016 Nissan Maxima should profit from the concept’s aerodynamics. Add that to the modern engineering technology and vast use of lightweight materials and the new Maxima could have better performance and improved EPA fuel economy ratings without even touching the engine.

Nissan Sport Sedan Concept 2016 Nissan Maxima

Of course, we assume that they will make some tweaks in order to improve the engine. The exterior of the Sedan Sport concept (depicted here) is dynamic, fluid and futuristic. The 2016 Maxima won’t have that kind of avant-garde look, but it would be nice if it could inherit some styling cues from the concept.


The interior will certainly be new, fresh and appealing. Some sources announced a new dashboard and a fresh overall interior design. However, at this point, we don’t know much about the 2016 Nissan Maxima’s interior, so we have to wait for some more reliable information.

Sport Sedan Interior

Engine Options, EPA Fuel Economy & Possible 2016 Maxima Hybrid

The aforementioned 3.5-liter V6 engine will probably be used as a base engine option. Installed in the predecessor of the 2016 Nissan Maxima, it was able to generate 290 horsepower. Reportedly, it will be tweaked for the new life under the hood of the redesigned Maxima, so we hope that its power output will be improved.

As for the fuel efficiency, the 2016 Nissan Maxima could do better than the current EPA fuel economy ratings. With the same 3.5-liter V6, the current Maxima can make 19 mpg/city and 26 mpg/highway. If they manage to improve its fuel efficiency, the new Maxima could be considered as a completely new model aside from the inherited base engine.

2016 Nissan Maxima -- Sport Sedan Rear End

The speculations about some additional engine options probably have some foundation, but at this moment, no one knows the exact details. Like we already said, the 2016 Nissan Maxima hybrid might be released, too. Although it’s impossible to predict with certainty, we assume that the hybrid setup will use the base V6 engine along with an electric motor. There are some rumors which say that the new hybrid Maxima could reach 38 mpg/highway.

Is this 2016 Nissan Maxima Interior

2016 Nissan Maxima Release Date and Estimated Price

Although there’s a lot  of changes, the price of the 2016 Nissan Maxima shouldn’t be significantly higher in comparison with the price of the current Maxima.

Some estimates are that the 2016 Maxima will cost between $32,000 and $37,000. Of course, this information is unofficial and it isn’t very reliable, but it could be used to get an idea of the expected price range.

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