The eighth-generation Maxima, called a “4-door Sports Car” by the second largest Japanese automaker, Nissan, has recently entered production at the US factory in Tennessee.
The company’s Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant is considered as one of the top manufacturing auto plants in North America, with the state’s Governor Bill Haslam, US Senator Lamar Alexander and Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd on site to mark the production start event of the Maxima. The carmaker started assembling the Maxima sedan back in 2003 at Smyrna and has since produced a total of almost 800,000 units of the model, now in its eighth generation. The model had its official premiere earlier this month at the New York Auto Show, with the 2016 Maxima featuring an aggressive styling – claiming polarizing attention from critics and fans. The interior on the other hand has been upgraded significantly with better quality materials, flat-bottomed steering wheel, Alcantara trim, complete with a new infotainment system and the seven-inch Advanced Drive Assist Display positioned in the instrument cluster.
The 2016 Maxima is scheduled to hit US dealerships sometimes later this summer, with pricing starting from $32,410 (excluding an $825 destination and handling fee). Under the hood sits the well-known 3.5-liter V6, which in this variant makes 300 bhp (223 kW) and 261 lb-ft (353 Nm) of torque, mated to the new Xtronic transmission. Mileage ratings reach 22 mpg city and 30 mpg on the highway.