Nissan Maxima Arrives with Bolder Looks, New Safety Features

The 2109 Nissan Maxima features a sporty look and upgraded safety

The 2109 Nissan Maxima features a sporty look and upgraded safety

Nissan used the occasion of the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show to present its updated new 2019 Nissan Maxima sedan for an official show and tell. The vehicle gets updated front and rear styling and now offers the Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite of driving safety technology.

Nissan also added new 18- and 20-inch aluminum wheel designs and three new exterior colors. "As a pioneer of the CUV trend, it offered forward-looking design sensibility that combined an elegant style with premium features - without a luxury price tag", said Dan Mohnke, senior vice president, Sales & Marketing and Operations, Nissan Division U.S., Nissan North America, Inc. The package comes standard on the top-of-the-line Platinum model and as part of the SR Premium Package.

Inside (above), there's new semi-aniline leather trim available for the flagship Platinum grade, new trim inserts across the range (including two wood finishers), along with the standard inclusion of rear door alert and driver attention monitoring systems.

The updated n2019 Maxima interior
The updated n2019 Maxima interior

We've already gotten a pretty good first look at the new Maxima, thanks to a teaser photo Nissan leaked of the sedan in front-quarter view last month.

The updated Murano is now equipped with side airbags for second-row passengers and a pillow for knees of the front passenger. The product offer includes a new colour, Sunset Drift. It's a nice bundle of items, but it seems curious that Nissan is limiting its availability to the highest trim levels even as companies like Toyota are increasingly making many-if not all-of those safety features standard on even compact models. Murano is available in front-wheel drive or Intelligent All-Wheel Drive. Murano SL and above grades add standard NissanConnect with Navigation, which is revised for 2019 to include Door-to-Door navigation with 3D building graphics and satellite imagery, online POI search and premium traffic information.

Further along the range, the Murano's S, SV and SL trim variants come specified with either metallic or light wood trim. Both the SR and Platinum get a charcoal headliner and pillar coverings, while Nissan promises upgraded materials on the seats, steering wheel, pillars, and other areas across most of the lineup.

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