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2012 Nissan Maxima: At a Glance (Press Release)

2012 Nissan Maxima: At a Glance

he flagship Nissan Maxima continues to set the bar for Nissan sedans, combining breakthrough sports sedan styling, a driver-oriented cockpit, ample comfort and luxury for passengers and an advanced drivetrain anchored by Nissan’s legendary VQ-series V6 engine.

For 2012, the iconic Maxima receives a refreshed exterior – with a new front grille design, new rear combination lights, and new 18-inch and 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Inside, the roomy Maxima interior’s enhancements include a new meter cluster illumination color (white), new Dark Piano-hairline trim, a new Atlantic Cherry wood tone trim, a new metallic-finish trim, and a new Cafe Latte interior color. There’s also a new audio segment display and new audio/HVAC knob design. In addition, two new exterior colors are offered for 2012: Java Metallic and Dark Slate.

The other big news for the 2012 Maxima is the addition of a special Limited Edition Package, which features smoked appearance headlights, High Intensity Discharge (HID) Xenon headlights, a compass in the rearview mirror, 18-inch aluminum-alloy Dark Hyper Silver colored wheels, a rear spoiler, dark satin chrome front grille, fog lights, outside mirrors with integrated turn signals and metallic trim on the center cluster, center console and door armrest grips.

The 2012 Maxima is offered in two well-equipped models – Maxima 3.5 S and Maxima 3.5 SV, each featuring a standard 290-horsepower 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve VQ-series V6 engine and Xtronic CVT® with manual and “Ds” (drive sport) modes and available paddle shifters.

Maxima’s sporty interior design combines a driver-oriented cockpit with ample comfort and luxury for passengers. The wide range of available technology includes a premium Bose® audio system, RearView Monitor and Nissan Hard Drive Navigation system with XM NavTraffic? Real-Time Traffic Information and XM NavWeather™ (XM? subscription required, sold separately).

Highlights of the 2012 Nissan Maxima include:


  • New front grille design, new rear combination lights, and new 18-inch and 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheel designs for the 2012 model year
  • Aggressive, powerful exterior form with a commanding stance and a premium presence
  • Large wraparound L-shaped headlights with “turbine” light surrounds, wide grille, large bumper opening and “catamaran-style” hood
  • Deeply sculpted body/fender treatment similar to that of exotic sports cars
  • Distinctive “Maxima-style” C-pillars and high trunk lid
  • Available Dual Panel Moonroof with wide opening front panel, fixed translucent rear panel with front and rear power retractable sunshades, providing the appearance of a full black glass roof; available power rear sliding sunshade
  • Auto on/off halogen headlights, available High Intensity Discharge (HID) Xenon headlights, available fog lights
  • Available smoked headlight covers and dark chrome grille (available for 3.5 SV Sport Package and 3.5 S Limited Edition Package)
  • 12-LED L-shaped “stepped” taillights, with new design for 2012
  • Manual folding outside mirrors; power outside mirrors with available reverse tilt-down feature, turn signal indicators, available heated outside mirrors, available auto-dimming feature (driver’s side)
  • Available rear spoiler
  • Dual exhaust with chrome finishers
  • Nine available exterior colors, including new Java Metallic and Dark Slate and carryover Crimson Black, Brilliant Silver, Super Black, Tuscan Sun, Winter Frost, Navy Blue and Ocean Gray

Engine and Driveline

  • Front engine/front-wheel drive
  • Nissan “D platform” with enhanced body rigidity for responsive handling with virtually no torque steer
  • 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 with optimized air intake, combustion and exhaust
  • Engine features include electronic throttle, silent timing chain, microfinished camshaft and crankshaft surfaces, molybdenum coated pistons, resin intake collector, digital knock control system, cross flow coolant pattern and high capacity muffler, quad E-VTC
  • Platinum-tipped spark plugs with 100,000-mile maintenance intervals
  • 6-point engine mounting system (2 solid, 2 solid w/anti-torque rod, 2 electronically controlled)
  • Standard Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission) with Downshift Rev Matching (DRM), Ds (Drive Sport) and manual modes
  • Available paddle shifters
  • 20-gallon fuel tank capacity for extended driving range

Suspension, Steering and Braking

  • Independent subframe-mounted strut/coil spring front suspension with extensive use of lightweight aluminum parts
  • X-type upper cowl structure helps provide front body rigidity for suspension mounting
  • Independent multi-link double wishbone rear suspension
  • Rear shock absorbers and springs separated; shocks are in line with the center of the rear wheels, providing excellent damping and minimal harshness
  • Front and rear stabilizer bars
  • 4-wheel power-assisted vented disc brakes, standard 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA)
  • Twin Orifice Power Steering (TOPS) vehicle-speed-sensitive power rack-and-pinion steering system
  • 10-spoke, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels (Fine Silver painted finish) with P245/45R18 all-season tires
  • Available 10-spoke, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with Dark Hyper Silver painted finish with P245/45R18 all-season tires (Limited Edition Package)
  • Available split-5-spoke, 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels (Hyper Silver painted finish) with P245/40R19 tires; available P245/40R19 W-rated high-performance summer tires

Interior Features

  • Tailored, refined interior styling, use of premium materials including available metallic-finish trim and Atlantic Cherry wood-tone trim
  • Two available interior colors: Charcoal and new Cafe Latte
  • Five-passenger seating with luxury cloth or leather-appointed seats with available sport stitching and available heated front seats
  • Premium leather-appointed seats available with Premium and Sport Packages
  • Sporty driver’s seat with available manual thigh extension and climate control (heating and cooling)
  • Standard 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with manual lumbar support
  • Available 2-driver automatic entry/exit memory feature
  • Standard 4-way power-adjustable passenger seat
  • Rear 60/40 split fold-down rear seat or fixed rear seat with armrest pass-through
  • Available large rear-seat fold-down armrest with HVAC and audio controls
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with illuminated steering wheel switches; unique “parallel” stitch pattern on Sport and Premium Package models
  • Available heated steering wheel
  • “Daytime Illumination” electroluminescent meters, with a rotated tachometer so engine redline is placed at 12 o’clock, revised meter illumination (white) for 2012 model year
  • Power door locks, power windows with driver and passenger auto-up/down feature; rear window auto-up/down feature on Premium Package models
  • Two 12-volt power points
  • Driver and passenger door bottle holders
  • Dual overhead map lights, dual rear reading lights
  • Available 7.0-inch color monitor
  • Available RearView Monitor
  • Standard audio system with 8 speakers and AM/FM/6CD/MP3 with auxiliary audio input jack and steering wheel-mounted controls
  • Available Bose® premium audio system with 9 speakers, AM/FM/CD6 in-dash CD changer and RDS radio function
  • Available USB connectivity, DVD playback capability
  • Available XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately)
  • Available Nissan Hard Drive Navigation system with XM NavTraffic® with Real-Time Traffic Information, NavWeather™ (XM® subscription required, sold separately) and Streaming Audio via Bluetooth® technology, Voice Recognition and 7.0-inch touch-screen color display
  • Dual zone air conditioning with automatic temperature control and rear vents
  • Standard Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System
  • Available HomeLink® Universal Transceiver

Safety and Security

  • Standard Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt sensors and an occupant classification sensor
  • Front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags and roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags
  • Front-seat Active Head Restraints
  • 3-point ALR/ELR seat belts (driver’s seat ELR only) including rear center position
  • Front seat belts with adjustable upper anchors, pretensioners, and load limiters
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system
  • Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones
  • Standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Emergency inside trunk-release
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Models and Manufacturing

  • Offered as two well-equipped models: Maxima 3.5 S and 3.5 SV
  • Assembled by Nissan North America Manufacturing Smyrna & Decherd Tennessee Plants

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