Launched in 2016, the 8th Generation Maxima set itself up to take back the reigns the name “Maxima” once held in this region. Maxima was synonymous with power and so much was its demand back in the mid 2000’s that even the insurance companies here asked for a much higher premium. Somehow all this fizzed out for almost a decade. Well times have changed and this is a radically different Maxima.
2017 Nissan Maxima Review
Radical in design and a few goodies to be precise. The new design language and the now trademark V-Motion grill sets the Maxima’s design apart from its competitors. Let’s see what’s out there in the market that would be in its segment these days; there’s the Accord V6, Chevrolet Impala and the Ford Taurus. Maxima is set to be sportier in its class than the rest. It has the outside design element in place, but wait till you step inside. The new interior is leagues ahead of its competition. There are details everywhere, even the trim have diamond shaped embossing which are unique. The steering is flat bottomed and there’s an analogue/digital dashboard which is a treat as it gives us the best of both worlds.
The 2017 Nissan Maxima comes in three trims and are available at Arabian Automobile, the official importers of Nissan for Dubai and the Northern Emirates. The “S” comes with cloth seats, whereas the “SV” trim gets leather seats, sunroof and bigger alloys, while the top of the range would be the “SR” which gets diamond cross stitched leather seats, and a sports tuned suspension. Our tester was the “SR” and getting straight into the suspension, the ride is stiffer than the “S” and the “SV” trims. You do get seat cooling which is only present in the trim we tested along with a few other options.
But essentially the Maxima was always about its engine. The V6 revs smooth and fast and the new second generation CVT transmission does an admirable job in mimicking shift shocks which we all love. While pushed hard the engine emits a muted growl that’s partly enhanced by the Maxima’s “Active Sound Enhancement” and the rev meter does bounce like a conventional transmission which is all done by the computer. It’s quite fantastic how the senses we were so used to in conventional cars with conventional technologies, can now be programmed into a computer to mimic those attributes. It’s like a digital feel to an analogue impulse. Yes they are artificial but you get the same sense, almost. It’s probably the price you pay for a better operating car mindful of the environment.
There are quite a few things that one would appreciate about the Maxima. First of all it retains the large sized paddle shifters taken from the GT-R, the feel and size makes it much better in usage and tactile feel than the small two finger width paddle shifters which you would find in other cars. Secondly, the “SR” trim came with ventilated seats for cooling and an electronic rear blinds along with remote car start. There are just a few options which we cannot live without these days. But what you actually get is a well thought out interior and dash view that has been designed for your comfort. The center panel is tilted towards the driver, you need to picture BMW’s of the 80’s to understand what I mean. The Nissan Maxima is very driver centric.
The Nissan Maxima starts at AED 114,000 and maxes out at AED 148,000 for the full “SR” trim which features a new sports suspension apart from trim upgrades and options. This is a serious contender to a fun family sedan which adds a bit to life to our everyday basic family haulers.
Price and Specs: 2017 Nissan Maxima Review
|2017 NISSAN MAXIMA|
|Gearbox||CVT 2nd Gen|
|Rated Output||300 Hp|
|Rated Torque||355 Nm|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||6.0 seconds|
|Fuel Consumption||13.1L/100KMS Combined as tested|
|Price (AED)||MAXIMA “S” | 114,000|
|MAXIMA “SV” | 130,000|
|MAXIMA “SR” | 148,000|