SEMA News—March 2015
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Nissan Maxima Sport
The GMC Acadia is reportedly moving to GM’s new Chi architecture, which is said to result in a slightly downsized crossover. Judging by the squared-off wheelwells and taped-over center cap with still-visible badging, the photographers easily determined that this is the Acadia and not the Chevrolet Traverse variant. At a smaller size, the Acadia will most likely be less of a minivan alternative and become a more traditional SUV/crossover.
The new Chi architecture will also underpin the next Cadillac SRX, the Chevrolet Traverse and the Buick Enclave. The Chi architecture has provisions for standard- and long-wheelbase variants. The next Traverse is expected to reach the market sometime in 2016 as a ’17 model.
This new Nissan Maxima test car has less camouflage around key elements of the design, including its C pillar and side-window profile. A closer look reveals the rakish headlights along with a hint of the LED effects that will be in play. The sport sedan concept furthers Nissan’s crossover designs, bringing them to the midsize-sedan segment to battle the Ford Fusion and Mazda6.
AutoPacific reports that a performance-oriented Maxima Hybrid variant is expected, powered by a supercharged 2.5L direct-inject four-cylinder engine mated to a battery to provide strong, V6-like performance.