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Nissan Sports Sedan Concept
Nissan Sports Sedan Concept

For those eager to see Nissan offer a replacement for the much-beloved Maxima, the world debut of the Nissan Sports Sedan Concept at the Detroit auto show was a sight for sore eyes. The four-door sedan was created with a sports-car design in mind with low, wide proportions, a lowered hood line and reduced ground clearance -- features that are unusual in a sedan, but common in a sports car.

It features Nissan's new styling direction, which will be incorporated into many of its future models. Design elements include the new "V-Motion" front end, which creates flowing lines from the grille to the hood, as well as boomerang-shaped headlights and taillights. Also unique is Nissan's "floating roof," which gives the look of a car lacking the vertical pillars that normally separate the front and rear doors in a sedan.

On the interior, the car uses a diamond-shaped pattern on quilted seats and door panels to further create a sense of motion. The front-wheel-drive sedan is powered by a 300-plus horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 paired with a sport-tuned continuous variable transmission.

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