2005 Nissan Maxima Continues As Signature Performance Sedan
With its distinctive blend of luxury and performance, the 2005
Maxima maintains its six-generation legacy as one of the true
premium 4-door sports cars in the market. Combining sporty lines
and a muscular stance, the Maxima is a stylish performance
machine, incorporating cutting-edge design features and first
class amenities to produce incomparable value.
Enhancements for the 2005 model year include the addition of
standard Nissan Advanced Air Bag System, passenger seat belt
warning chime, an additional 12-volt power outlet, black-tone
brake calipers, new titanium-tinted interior trim, chrome
interior door handles and satellite radio availability on Bose
audio-equipped vehicles. An advanced Traction Control System
(TCS) becomes standard beginning with November 2004 production.
Maxima offers a blend of performance, style and value that
simply is not equaled anywhere else, said Mark McNabb, vice
president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North
America, Inc. The 2005 Maxima does not deviate from the formula
that Maxima drivers have come to expect sleek lines, roomy interior
and spectacular performance.
Sports Car Design Elements
Maximas powerful design begins with its chiseled, muscular
shape with pronounced character lines.
Its arched design creates an expansive image, while the broad
beltline creates a strong and integrated impression from front
to rear. The distinctive C-pillar design, with subtle extensions
beyond the rear backlight, forms a distinctive coupe-like
silhouette, maintaining a strong Maxima character. The high rear
deck provides easy accessibility to the ample trunk that is
essential to a sedan.
The front fascia is sharp and cleanly sculpted and features a
distinctive Nissan signature grille with a unique,
rounded-rectangle shape pattern accentuated by a dark chrome
finish, along with a deeply sculpted combination headlight
cluster with optional xenon bulbs (standard on 3.5 SL). The
pronounced rear fascia is elegant and leaves a strong
impression, accented with the unique design of the body panel
that surrounds the rear taillights.
The combination of large wheels with boldly sculpted fender
openings and double dual exhaust mufflers with chromed tips give
Maxima a very powerful and dominating stance that evokes a
feeling of high performance.
Large 18-inch, 6-spoke alloy wheels come standard on the 3.5 SE,
while 17-inch wheels are standard on the 3.5 SL. The 2005 Maxima
is available in a choice of eight exterior colors, including
Majestic Blue, Red Opulence and Spirited Bronze.
Comfortable Interior Complimented with Skyview
The expressive exterior design continues into the interior.
Standard on all models is a segment-first Skyview glass-paneled
roof, which creates an open environment for front and rear
passengers while maintaining a solid roof structure. The Skyview
is a single elongated rectangular-shaped glass panel that
stretches from the front of the roof to the back.
It comes equipped with sliding sunshades to block out the
sunlight when desired. The long openings in the arched roofline
increase the perceptual interior volume, which leaves a unique
and memorable impression while maintaining the structural
integrity of the roof.
Maximas gauge system with three independent, hoodless meters
that are extremely sporty in appearance, incorporates a simple
and mechanical form, combined with metallic material, it
suggests an enthusiastic driving experience and enhances the
sense of luxuriousness from its precise craftsmanship.
Special focus and attention to detail were put into the design
of Maxima's driver ergonomics. The steering wheel, meter cluster
and the gearshift knob are designed so the driver can be closely
attuned to the car. Maxima also features a custom-designed
instrument panel, center stack and console, designed to give it
a clean, high-quality display. The center display integrates
displays for HVAC, audio system and trip computer into one
Maximas front seats are designed with sharp, crisp lines and
forms to give them a sporty look that matches the rest of the
interior. The seats' silhouette is very linear in character
while the front edge is squared to make them look strong and
sporty. The cross-sections of the cushions and seat backs are
offer optimum comfort and support. The drivers seat is 8-way
power and the passengers seat is 4-way power (standard on 3.5
SL and optional on SE) with height-adjustable head restraints.
Optional to the 3.5 SE and 3.5 SL is a driver seat memory system
that adjusts the seat, steering wheel and outside mirrors at the
touch of a button.
An optional Elite Package 4-seat layout gives the interior a
distinctive sports car-like design, further separating Maxima
from its competitors. With the Elite Package, the traditional
bench style rear seat is replaced with two independent bucket
seats. The design of the rear seats resembles the front seats
and the 4-seat layout further strengthens both the sporty and
luxury aspects of Maximas interior.
Distinctive Burnt Orange with Black interior color combination
is available with the Elite Package, in addition to the standard
Maxima CafLatte, Frost and Black interior colors.
Standard Maxima luxury touches include wood tone trim on 3.5 SL
and metallic tone accents on 3.5 SE, automatic front dual zone
climate control and outside temperature display, rear air
conditioning vents, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift
knob, auto on/off headlights, drivers and passengers sun
visors with illuminated vanity mirrors and extenders and a
240-watt 8-speaker AM/FM/cassette/CD with steering wheel audio
controls is standard on the 3.5 SE. A 320-watt Bose audio
system with 8 speakers and AM/FM/cassette/6CD in-dash is
standard on 3.5 SL and optional on 3.5 SE.
From a safety standpoint, Maxima now comes equipped with the
Nissan Advanced Air Bag System, which functions to provide
enhanced safety by helping to reduce the risk of air bag-induced
injury through the use of advanced dual-stage air bags and a
passenger occupant classification sensor.
Maxima features Zone Body construction with front and rear
crushable zones and occupant zone, front-seat side-impact
supplemental air bags and curtain side-impact supplemental air
bags. Also standard are 3-point front seat belts with adjustable
upper anchors with pretensioners and load limiters, front-seat
active head restraints, an emergency inside trunk release and
the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child seat
anchors and tether system.
Top-Performing V6 Drives Responsive Acceleration
Maximas legendary performance continues in 2005 with the
continued use of the award-winning VQ 3.5-liter engine. The DOHC
24-valve V6 produces 265 horsepower and 255 lb-ft torque, and
has achieved a ULEV/LEV2 vehicle rating for 2005.
Maxima also utilizes continuous valve timing control, variable
induction system, a silent timing chain and electronically
controlled throttle. The engine also features a modular engine
design, microfinished crank journals and cam lobes, molybdenum
coated lightweight pistons, a resin intake collector, digital
knock control, six individual coils (one per spark plug) and a
cross-flow coolant pattern.
Maximas engine performance has always distinguished it from
other sedans, said McNabb. This Maxima continues to offer the top-flight
performance previous Maxima owners have come to expect.
All 2005 Maximas come equipped with a standard 5-speed
electronically controlled automatic transmission with manual
shift mode and gated shifter. Maxima also offers available
Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System
(TCS), which is optional on all A/T models.
For the serious driving enthusiast, a 6-speed close-ratio manual
is optional on 3.5 SE models. This transmission optimizes the
powerband of the 3.5-liter engine and gives the driver the
ultimate sports car feel.
Maximas agile and responsive handling comes from a suspension
design adapted and improved from the Japanese-market Nissan
Skyline supercar. It consists of an innovative rear multi-link
independent suspension, which offers outstanding stability by
minimizing camber change during cornering.
The rear shocks and springs are separated for reduced friction
and the shock is in line with the center of the rear wheels,
providing better damping and less harshness.
Braking is provided by standard 4-wheel disc brakes with a
4-channel, 4-sensor, 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS).
Front rotors are class-leading at 12.60 inches in size. Also
standard is Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), which
optimizes brake force depending on load condition (passenger and
cargo) and Brake Assist (BA), which senses hard or panic pedal
application and helps provide maximum braking capacity.
The 3.5 SE model offers large 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and
V-rated P245/45R18 tires. 3.5 SL features 17-inch aluminum-alloy
wheels with H-rated P225/55R17 tires.
Models and Options
The 2005 Maxima is available in two models: the sporty 3.5 SE
and the luxurious 3.5 SL.
A number of options and packages are available on Maxima,
including a Premium Audio Package, with a 320-watt Bose audio
system with 8 speakers and AM/FM/6CD, RDS and speed sensitive
volume control; Sensory Package which includes the Premium Audio
Package, plus leather-appointed seats, 4-way power passenger
seat, heated front seats and mirrors and compass.
Also offered are the Driver Preferred Package (3.5 SE) with
Sensory Package contents, plus rear spoiler, memory drivers
seat, power tilt/telescopic steering wheel with memory,
auto-dimming outside memory mirrors that can also be folded
electronically, xenon headlights, driver seat power lumbar
support, power entry/exit seat and heated steering wheel; and
Driver Preferred Package (3.5 SL) with Sensory Package contents,
plus memory drivers seat, power tilt/telescopic steering wheel
with memory, auto-dimming outside memory mirrors that can also
be folded electronically, driver seat power lumbar support,
power entry/exit seat and heated steering wheel.
The Elite Package (optional on 3.5 SE and 3.5 SL) offers all of
the Driver Preferred Package features, plus 2-passenger rear
seating, rear center console, auto up/down rear windows, rear
power sunshade with front and rear controls, heated rear seats
and rear 12V power point.
Available options include DVD Navigation System with 7-inch
color LCD display, a Power Glass Sunroof (replaces Skyview),
Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Traction Control System (TCS) on
vehicles not equipped with VDC, full-size spare with alloy wheel
and satellite radio capability.
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