Updated 2019 Nissan Maxima To Debut At LA Auto Show

Nissan will reveal the updated for 2019 Maxima at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show, boasting a refreshed exterior look and more safety kit.

The company didn’t go into specifics with its announcement, giving us just one image of the 2019 Maxima and saying that it will be available with Nissan Safety Shield 360 safety suite. The latter includes six safety and driver-assist systems.

From the single image we can see that the updated Nissan Maxima is getting a redesigned front bumper with different fog lights, as well as a refreshed headlight design that incorporates LEDs. Expect similar revisions at the rear, along with the obligatory new wheel designs.

All current Maxima models come equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 that kicks out 300hp and 261lb-ft of peak torque and is bolted to an Xtronic CVT gearbox, which is the only transmission option.

Nissan’s update measures may include a new infotainment system with improved software (current models come with an 8-inch unit), as well as new trim and color options. Earlier this March, Nissan North America’s Vice President said that the Maxima “has a very important role” to play in the company’s lineup.

The Japanese car maker says that their refreshed flagship sedan will go on sale this December.

  • performante

    I don’t like Nissan’s current design language.

    • Matthijs

      I do but the nose looks way too ‘heavy’ and high up. Same with the Micra. I don’t see much use in the Maxima anymore though, de Altima looks almost the same and doesn’t seem to be that much smaller

      • DetrinKD

        Actually, the Altima has been slightly larger than the Maxima since the last gen Altima. I know people don’t want to believe it, but the Maxima is just a more premium product than the Altima. When I saw the specs of the current Maxima when it first debuted and realized it was slightly smaller than the Altima, I didn’t get it. But then I sat in and drove a Maxima and its just BETTER. It does indeed feel sportier and more premium and it’s noticeable to me.

      • Jason Miller

        I don’t get the “looks the same as the Altima” argument. I don’t see it.

    • ksegg

      Everyone’s current design language sucks balls, imo.


      1.) Porsche 911. Because they CAN’T change their design language.
      2.) Mazda. Because for whatever reason, they are still gifted with sight.

    • Teflon Don Colombo✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      I like it. I think the company is heading into the appropriate direction w/its sedans. I don’t like the car you have as your avatar, but it is to each his own.

    • Mike B

      I just wanted to say that your comment is how everyone should share their opinion. I like Nissan’s current design language and you don’t. I’m cool with that

  • Sybill Julian

    great! another multireflector led headlights like Honda. lol. more company start ditching led projector.

  • ksegg

    I honestly can’t tell the difference anymore.

    Slap a Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Rolls Royce, etc badge on it and there’s no difference.

    Car design now is so fcked that the only cars that I still like are cars that cannot be changed due to a potential global backlast:

    1.) Jeep Wrangler
    2.) Mercedes G-Wagen
    3.) Porsche 911

    • Dr Bjorn K. Von Strangefingger

      I agree.

    • andyoo

      you mean outdated looks like the jeep from 80 years ago…G wagen box
      and the 911 also from 80 years ago…..

    • Merc1

      You need help.


      • ksegg

        If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Just my opinion. You’re welcome to yours.

        Evolutionary Design > Revolutionary Design

        What’s interesting is, you don’t need to be an asshole about it, but yet you choose to.

        • Craig

          I can’t see Merc1’s comment because I blocked him a long time ago. But based on your response – he’s just as big a jerk as ever.

      • Six_Tymes

        what else were you going to type? I see a capitalized letter M, and?

        • Dude

          Some people have a kind of “signature” here. For some reason. MICHGO types in all caps, Merc ends with an M, there used to be a guy here who signed with two periods. It’s so freaking weird and he will totally ignore you if you ask about it.

          • Mike anonymous

            Remember when there was 3 ‘Dudes’,.. good times,. good times.

            (not really, I am glad it’s just you now lol).

    • Dude

      Are you actually saying that a Maxima and any MB look even slightly similar? I feel like I might be misunderstanding you because that’s insane.

      • ksegg

        I am not saying that. Think back to cars of the 90’s to mid 2000’s.

        I can’t quite put my finger on it, but cars from that era were all distinctive in both appearance and approach.

        Now that globalization has been holding its grip with car design, I see similar elements going across all makes and models, if that makes sense.

  • :/ Yurr

    What yall should be doing is refreshing that “all new” Altima. Smh, otherwise this looks like a nice update to the Maxima.

  • Honda NSX-R

    I like it, too bad it has a CVT

  • Jason Miller



  • Craig

    I like it. I like daring designs. But it’s not beautiful. And I think flagship vehicles should stand out because they look great. Besides….. I just assumed it was the Altima when I first saw the photo.

    • DetrinKD

      The thing I have always noticed with refreshes… for the most part, this DOES NOT apply to the new Camaro SMH… NEVER judge them by pictures. It’s like our eyes are so used to seeing the current design that when something is updated on it it looks unnatural. I feel refreshes are almost always better appreciated in person.

      I agree, I can’t say that I just LOVE the Maximas design, but I can appreciate it. It’s really its interior that makes me like the car overall. I also oddly love its really thick door seals that you don’t see unless you get in and out the car. That alone makes it feel more substantial than any ordinary mid-size.

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    Oh no…

    ..pray for me.

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    I really don’t even know where to begin with the Maxima at this point. Seems like the Avalon will dominate this segment again.

    With an obnoxious personality that’s trying too hard for sportiness, overstyled incohesive exterior, generic interior with some crud-lines and try-hard sporty details (like the obnoxiously large paddle shifters), snug interior and trunk especially for a full-sized car, below-average fuel ecnonomy especially for a CVT, stiff ride quality, lack of refinement in its powertrain, and more. This vehicle simply gives both full-size sedans, and sports sedans a bad name entirely. No wonder sedans aren’t as popular as they used to be..

    Who exactly is the target market for this thing?

    • DetrinKD

      WHAT! Hahahaha, this is so off it’s hilarious! EVERY SINGLE THING you mentioned about the looks of the car can be said about the new UGLY Avalon, which is really best described as a grille featuring a cabin! Yes, the Maximas interior is smaller than the rest of the class, but it is far from generic.

      In recent years the Maxima has consistently outsold the Avalon, up until recently.

      • amac604

        Avalon: a giant grille with wheels.

  • Jason Miller

    Then go buy an Avalon. Nobody cares, dude.

    • SpongeBob99Swell

      Given how you just responded, it seems like you do apparently.

      And definitely. My track-modified Toyota GT86 and VIP-modified Lexus IS350 F-Sport are trash. I’ll stay trash and laugh at you poor fucks in a Nissan Maxima.

    • amac604

      Actually, he should MARRY the Avalon.

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  • Mike B

    I don’t understand why people have to bash other people’s taste. It’s a person’s taste, it’s not fact. It’s like saying someone’s an idiot because they like blue instead of white.
    What I wanted to discuss is how people here are comparing this latest Maxima update, which is not the next gen Maxima, with the newest gen Altima. I think Jason Miller nailed it. Brand imaging. The Sentra tries to emulate last years Altima, while the Altima tries to emulate last years Maxima. The lower end models of most car companies play catch up to the flagship model. The 2020 Maxima should be the next gen completely redesigned model. Personally, I love the last two Maximas. I own a 2016 Altima and 2016 Maxima and love both cars for what they’re for but I can never compare the two in power, luxury, acceleration and overall driving feel. The Maxima is far superior than the Altima and in MY OPINION stands out amongst all other cars on the road in design. Whether that’s true or not doesn’t matter to me. Go ahead and make your jokes about it standing out because of how ugly YOU THINK it is. Your insecurities are showing

  • U8INIT

    I think Nissan should morph the next generation Maxima into a type of 6 Series GT thingy…

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