Nissan has teased an upcoming mid-to-large concept car at its ongoing Nissan 360 roadshow in California, sparking speculation that a replacement for the US-market Maxima is just around the corner.
The concept has a low-slung silhouette, a short glasshouse and an intriguing C-pillar treatment where the chrome beltline runs through to connect with the rear windscreen.
It's a departure from the Japanese automaker's predominantly organic design language, but even if you manage to miss the giant badge in the grille the headlamps and tail lamps broadcast the message that this car is unmistakeably Nissan.
And besides the lamp clusters which mimic those of the Juke, 370Z and current US-market Maxima, there's a blacked-out A-pillar that's reminiscent of the GT-R. Nissan's DNA is plainly evident in this concept.
In terms of size, the concept appears to depict a medium-to-large car, with proportions that suggest a front-drive architecture.
These clues give credence to reports that Nissan is preparing a replacement for the Maxima currently sold in the USA - itself a markedly different car to what we Australians know as the Maxima, which is actually marketed In Japan as the Nissan Teana.
If the concept makes its show debut either late this year or early next year, a production version could hit the market in 2015.
However, with Nissan Australia keen to replace the slow-selling Maxima (Teana) with the slightly smaller Altima, it's not clear whether a production car based on this concept will ever make its way here.
Beyond previewing a future large car for the brand, Nissan's global chief of design Shiro Nakamura also said the as-yet-unnamed concept was also a glimpse into the future of Nissan's design language. What say you? Does Nissan's new styling direction resonate?