The Nissan Maxima as we know it will be discontinued, as per a new report from autonews.com. The America-focused sedan will morph into an all-electric sedan in its next generation.
Competing with models like the Toyota Avalon and Chevrolet Impala, the Nissan Maxima will be one of many U.S. Nissan models that are in the queue for a full makeover as part of the Nissan four-year plan that was announced in May.
The Nissan Maxima has been a typical American sedan for 40 years with a large international combustion engine. In its eighth generation currently, it will shift to a pure electric powertrain by 2022 when it enters its ninth generation. The reference is already set; the Nissan IMs concept introduced at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show was a preview of the Nissan electric sedan.
A large Nissan electric SUV slotting above the Ariya also came into picture recently. It is possible that technically this model and the Nissan Maxima electric sedan would be highly related. Nissan has a strong focus on electrified vehicles, including EVs and electric-motor-powered vehicles (like e-POWER models).
The next-gen Nissan Maxima electric sedan could be offered in single-motor 2WD and twin-motor AWD variants, with two different battery pack options. The Nissan IMs’ electric powertrain comprises two electric motors generating 483 horsepower (360 kW) and 590 lb.-ft. (800 Nm) of torque, one each at the front and rear, and a 115 kWh battery pack. It can travel approximately 380 miles (611.56 km) on a full charge.
The pure-electric Nissan Maxima could be a good 2-3 years away from going on sale. Before that, the Nissan Ariya will reach showrooms in Japan, USA and Canada, in 2021. We look forward to a new Nissan Leaf facelift also coming out in the meantime.