2021 Nissan Maxima 40th Anniversary Edition: Dig That Ruby Slate Gray Paint!

Nissan first introduced its Maxima in 1981 but style points and special features on the soon-to-be-released 40th Anniversary Edition – including sleek lines, 19-inch black alloy wheels, and black exhaust tips – combine to make it as fresh as any newly-introduced model on the market.

What The 40th Anniversary Design Includes

The limited edition of Nissan’s longest continuously offered model spruces up the already sassy Maxima Platinum. Additions include a two-tone Ruby Slate Gray Pearl exterior with a black roof, black exterior finishes and trim badges (including a 40th Anniversary badge), a black exhaust finisher, red semi-aniline leather-appointed seating with 40th Anniversary embossing, red contrast interior stitching, and satin dark chrome interior elements.

Other special touches include white speedometer and tachometer faces­ – each styled with a nod to the car’s early editions – and heated rear seats.

Pricing & Availability

Nissan reports it will make the 40th Anniversary Maxima available this fall but have not set a release date or pricing. Otherwise, the 2021 Nissan Maxima will be offered in SV, SR, and Platinum grades. Each is equipped with a 300-horsepower 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 engine and an Xtronic transmission.

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Nancy Dunham is a life-long journalist whose work appears in many national automotive and general interest magazines and accompanying websites. Her dad was an executive with Western Auto Supply Co. (sold to Sears), so the smell of tires still brings back a flood of childhood memories. Favorite professional assignment: driving on the Texas Motor Speedway. She lives in Austin, Texas with her cat Prudence.

Photos & Source: Nissan North America.