• Nissan’s flagship sedan receives freshening for 2019
  • Nissan Safety Shield 360 system strengthens Maxima’s offerings
  • New Platinum Reserve package adds unique interior and exterior accents
  • 2019 Maxima to go on sale in December; current model starts at $33,420


Nissan has introduced a freshened version of its flagship sedan in the 2019 Maxima. The revamped 2019 Nissan Maxima boasts new safety features and enhancements to its interior and exterior design and goes on sale in December.

“As our flagship sedan, Maxima is an important contributor to the Nissan brand,” said Dan Mohnke, senior vice president, Sales & Marketing and Operations, Nissan Division U.S., Nissan North America, Inc. “Maxima is our longest running nameplate, having thrilled owners for four decades with style, performance and quality.”

More active safety features

The 2019 Maxima builds on its suite of safety and driver-assistance features with what’s called Nissan Safety Shield 360. The system bundles automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, high-beam assist, and rear automatic braking. The latter three features are new to Maxima.

Other driver-assistance systems offered include intelligent cruise control (in which the Maxima can pace the vehicle in front) and traffic sign recognition. All 2019 Maxima models will now include a system that monitors for driver drowsiness. While not as robust as the ProPilot Assist system available in newer Nissan models such as the all-new Altima, Safety Shield 360 keeps the Maxima in step with its segment.

The Safety Shield system will be standard on the top-line 2019 Maxima Platinum trim and optional on the SR. In addition to those two higher trims, the new Maxima sedan will available in S, SV, and SL.  As before, all Maxima models are front-wheel drive and use a 300-horsepower V6 connected to a continuously variable automatic transmission.

New design cues

Also part of the Maxima’s refresh are new design cues inside and out. Up front, the fascia is tweaked with a deeper “V-Motion” grille, while the rear end gets an update and, on SR models, a new spoiler. A new Platinum Reserve package adds 19-inch wheels.

Inside the Maxima’s 5-passenger cabin are new seat insert pattern and charcoal headliner and pillars in the top two trims. Here again, the new Platinum Reserve packages adds further distinction with semi-aniline leather upholstery and satin bronze finishes.

The 2019 Nissan Maxima is slated to go on sale in December. Exact pricing will be announced closer to on the on-sale date, but the current Maxima starts at $33,420 before destination charge.

Be sure to see all of the new vehicle debuts from the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show

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