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Mike Stevens | Apr 20, 2009
  • New 'two engine' strategy debuts 2.5 litre V6 in 250 ST-L model
  • Leather upholstery and luxury equipment standard
  • Priced from $33,990
  • 3.5 litre V6 models from $37,990

While TMR’s Tim O’Brien is out at the press launch today, the full details and images for the all-new 2009 Nissan Maxima have been made available.

Utilising a two-engine strategy, the Maxima line now features an entry level 2.5 litre version of Nissan’s international award-winning VQ engine, the VQ25.

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Developing 134kW, the six-cylinder VQ25 is mated to the new six-speed M-Mode X-TRONIC continuously variable automatic transmission.

Powering the ST-L variant, the VQ25 engine sees the Maxima start at $33,990.

Despite its entry-level positioning, the feature list for the Maxima 250 ST-L includes Xenon headlights, LED taillights as well as 17-inch alloy wheels.

On the safety front, the ST-L features six airbags, including curtain airbags, along with active front headrests and ABS with VDC dynamic stability control.

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Nissan says the company’s all-new D platform, which it shares with the new Murano, delivers improvements to ride and handling, NVH and safety.

Moving up the ranks, the Nissan Maxima ST-S and Ti models feature a refined version of the 3.5 litre VQ35DE V6, producing 185kW – a 15kW increase over the outgoing model Maxima.

Along with the safety and driving features of the ST-L, the Maxima ST-S adds rear-parking sensors, rear boot spoiler, Nissan’s Intelligent Key keyless entry system and heated front seats. Pricing for the ST-S starts at $37,990.

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From $46,990, the range-topping Maxima Ti adds DVD satellite navigation with 3D mapping, a large 7-inch full colour touch screen, reversing camera with predictive path technology and an 11-speaker BOSE audio system.

The Maxima Ti also offers Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone technology, operated via the steering-mounted controls.

An electric glass slide and tilt sunroof rounds out the features of the luxurious Maxima Ti.

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Chief Executive Director for Nissan Motor Co (Australia), Dan Thompson, said Nissan is doubling the appeal of Maxima.

“The new Maxima will play an increasingly important role in the large and medium car market by offering the best blend of distinctive luxury - at an attainable price,” he said.

“For a start, no one else in this market sector offers leather upholstery as standard.

“The new 2.5-litre V6 engine, the sharp pricing right in the heart of the four-cylinder market and the unprecedented high level of luxury features as standard, makes the Maxima 250 ST-L unbeatable.

“And with the elegant Maxima ST-S and Ti sedans, an impressive ride and luxurious appointments will give the new Maxima the muscle to grow its sales in the upper end of the large car market where there are many customers looking for unparalleled value,” said Thompson.

The all-new 2009 Nissan Maxima is available in six colours: Brilliant Silver, Champagne, Deep Sapphire, Ebony, White Diamond and the new Deep Amethyst.

The all-new Nissan Maxima is scheduled to appear in showrooms in early June, replacing the most successful Maxima since the car’s launch in Australia in 1990.

Stay tuned to TMR for more photos and our ‘First Drive’ review this afternoon.

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