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PostHeaderIcon Infiniti QX50 – Driven

Infiniti was early to what has become one of the industry’s hottest market segments: the compact luxury crossover. The 2008 EX35 was much more of a car than an SUV, a slightly elevated, slightly roomier version of the acclaimed G35 sports sedan. Infiniti bet big that buyers would sacrifice utility for performance — and it bet wrong. Despite beating most competitors to the market, and even after numerous upgrades over the years (including a longer wheelbase and a name change to QX50), it never made a splash. Later arrivals were able to emulate the more successful compact luxury crossovers and avoid Infiniti’s mistakes.

So not surprisingly, for its first full redesign in more than a decade, the 2019 Infiniti QX50 similarly gravitates toward the class norm. It became taller and wider, adopting more SUV-like proportions. It switched from a V6 engine and a rear-wheel-drive platform to a turbocharged four-cylinder and front-wheel-drive (still with optional all-wheel-drive). All of that mirrors such top rivals as the Acura RDX, Lexus NX, and Cadillac XT4, though a few other competitors still have rear-wheel-drive roots.

But beyond being merely typical, the QX50 is decidedly ordinary as well. It checks general boxes for the luxury crossover class without managing to dazzle. It neither fun and sporty nor vault-like in its serenity. Its infotainment isn’t cutting-edge. It has advanced engineering behind its variable-compression engine, but the real-world effect is less notable.

To be sure, calling a luxury car “ordinary” compared to its peers is no great insult. That means it’s meeting the high standards of its class, even if it doesn’t exceed them. So if you’re looking for a comfortable, quiet, respectably spacious, and generally easy-to-drive small luxury crossover, the QX50 is one of many potentially attractive choices. Prices start at $37,645 including destination change.

PostHeaderIcon Stephen Curry Is Great in Basketball, but Not So Much in Designing Cars

Just because you’re one of the best in the world at hitting threes in the NBA, that doesn’t mean you automatically become a good, even decent, car designer. Stephen Curry is living proof of that. The two-time NBA MVP, who also happens to be a brand ambassador for Infiniti, “designed” this concept monstrosity known as the Infiniti QXzero Concept. It’s an ugly concept, and that’s putting it lightly. The good news is that this isn’t an actual showpiece Infiniti; it’s part of an elaborate prank that Curry and Infiniti pulled on one of the MVP’s best friends, COSeezy. So while it is a bit of a relief to learn that Curry’s automotive design chops weren’t at all compromised by this horrendous three-wheeled showcase of ugliness, the QXzero Concept is still a reminder to all of us that just because there’s a “concept” designation attached to it, that doesn’t mean it’s going to be any good, even if it’s all part of an elaborate jig.

PostHeaderIcon Basketball Star Stephen Curry Is Now Designing Cars…Sort Of

Just because you’re one of the best in the world at hitting threes in the NBA, that doesn’t mean you automatically become a good, even decent, car designer. Stephen Curry is living proof of that. The two-time NBA MVP, who also happens to be a brand ambassador for Infiniti, “designed” this concept monstrosity known as the Infiniti QXzero Concept. It’s an ugly concept, and that’s putting it lightly. The good news is that this isn’t an actual showpiece Infiniti; it’s part of an elaborate prank that Curry and Infiniti pulled on one of the MVP’s best friends, COSeezy. So while it is a bit of a relief to learn that Curry’s automotive design chops weren’t at all compromised by this horrendous three-wheeled showcase of ugliness, the QXzero Concept is still a reminder to all of us that just because there’s a “concept” designation attached to it, that doesn’t mean it’s going to be any good, even if it’s all part of an elaborate jig.

PostHeaderIcon Infinity QX80

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The Infiniti QX80 isn’t exactly a spring chicken. If you count the three years that it was on the market as the “QX56,” this full-size SUV has been on the market for nearly a decade. This is a rather long lifestyle for an SUV in today’s automotive climate, but the QX80 is a very niche vehicle; not in size and purpose but in terms of sales for the brand. When you look at overall sales of the XC80, the figures don’t look that great. In 2016, Chevy sold more than 103,000 Tahoes, and even Cadillac sold some 23,000 examples of the Escalade. The QX80, though? Infiniti moved just 14,085 over all of 2016, and that was an 8.3-percent increase over 2015. With that in mind, the company can’t exactly give it a short lifespan like other automakers can their full-sized, wide-selling SUVs.

That doesn’t mean the QX80 has been ignored, however. On the contrary, it was actually refreshed when Infiniti swapped its name over from QX56, and it was refreshed again in 2017. The overall appearance of the QC80 isn’t displeasing to look at, and when we were offered the chance to spend a few days and give it a good thorough test drive, we couldn’t turn down the offer. Immediately we started asking ourselves questions: Can it still hold its own in a market with much newer, more advanced vehicles? Does it’s aged chassis still deliver driving dynamics and comfortability that’s on par with other full-sized, luxury SUVs on the market today? Should someone really pay anywhere between $65,000 and upward of $90,000 for a vehicle that’s due for retirement? Well, we’ve set out to figure out just how well the QX80 has aged over the years – you just might be surprised.

PostHeaderIcon Infiniti Qs Inspiration Concept

The latest in Infiniti’s growing line of Inspiration concepts made its debut at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show. Called the Qs Inspiration, the concept is the latest in a series of concept cars that Infiniti has showcased to spread the word of its plans for greener powertrains and other new technologies that will shape the future of the brand. Like most automakers these days, Infiniti has moved well beyond “talk is cheap” model by showing an increased commitment in demonstrating what it intends to do now that the industry is in the middle of shifting eras. The Qs Inspiration still looks like a concept, but it’s not really just a concept in the traditional sense of one. It’s a look into a future that isn’t that far away anymore. In fact, look for the next-generation Q50 or Q70 sedans to draw inspiration from the Qs. That’s how close this concept is to becoming, well, more than a concept.

PostHeaderIcon The Infiniti Qs Inspiration Previews an All-Electric Sports Sedan

Infiniti is known for building some of the most awe-inspiring concepts you’ll ever see. It’s nice to see, then, that Infiniti’s form is holding up nicely, as we can see from the Qs Inspiration Concept that’s currently on display at Auto Shanghai 2019. Developed as a sports sedan that showcases Infiniti’s push towards electrification, the Qs Inspiration Concept is a sign that Infiniti’s not just talking the talk when it comes to its electrification plans, it’s provided us with a physical example of what we can look forward to in the future. More importantly, the Qs Inspiration won’t stay a concept for long; Infiniti has plans to build a production model in China, for the Chinese market. It’s all part of the automaker’s goal to offer a diverse lineup of electrified models in the world’s biggest car market. The Qs Inspiration Concept is the first step in achieving that goal.

PostHeaderIcon 2019 Infiniti QX Inspiration Concept – Car from the future or a far-fetched thought?

With the QX Inspiration, Infiniti becomes the latest company to enter the EV fray. The automaker unveiled the QX Inspiration Concept at the Detroit Auto Show which gives a peak into the brand’s new design language for EVs. Although Infiniti has not revealed any specs yet, it says the QX Inspiration, when launched, will be a high performance production SUV.

PostHeaderIcon Infiniti Previews Some More Inspiration for the 2019 Detroit Auto Show

Infiniti is preparing a new concept car for the first auto show of the year in Detroit. And as you might have already guessed, it comes with an “Inspiration” badge. This time around though, it’s of the QX variety, which means it’s an SUV. Infiniti says the QX Inspiration previews the brand’s electrified, high-performance future.

PostHeaderIcon Here’s a Teaser of Infinities Detroit-Bound Coupe-Like Electric Crossover

When it comes to “love it or hate it” designs, coupe-style crossovers are the first that spring into mind. While some hate them entirely, others would buy one in a heartbeat. Whether you like coupe crossovers or not, a new model is about to come under the spotlight. It’s made by Infiniti and will make its global debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show in January.

PostHeaderIcon 10 Best Vehicle and Technology Innovations of 2018

The car industry never sleeps (except in August) and every year it provides us with numerous solutions to new problems, and with innovations that make us want new cars even more. This is a rundown of 10 awesome vehicle and technology innovations for 2018.

PostHeaderIcon 10 Best Vehicle and Technology Innovations of 2018

The car industry never sleeps (except in August) and every year it provides us with numerous solutions to new problems, and with innovations that make us want new cars even more. This is a rundown of 10 awesome vehicle and technology innovations for 2018.

PostHeaderIcon Infiniti Project Black S Concept

Like pretty much every other major automaker out there, Infiniti is signaling a strong move towards electrification in the very near future, with a particularly heavy emphasis on the tech slated for 2021 and onward. While some enthusiasts will undoubtedly cringe at the thought of yet more battery-powered vehicles plying the roads, Infiniti is proving that such a fate is anything but boring, especially when it comes infused with technology plucked from the high-speed world of Formula 1 racing. Which brings us to the latest Project Black S concept, which recently made its big debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. Offered as an evolution of the previous Infiniti Project Black S that dropped at the Geneva Auto Show a few years back, this latest creation is based on the utterly fantastic Q60 Red Sport 400 sports coupe, and provides both aesthetic and technical details on how Infiniti plans to implement hybrid technology to spark the interest of speed lovers everywhere.

Continue reading to lean more about the 2018 Infiniti Project Black S Concept.

PostHeaderIcon Infiniti Spills the Beans on Sexy Project Black S

The Infiniti Black S Prototype is proof that the technological divide between production vehicles and Formula One race cars is shrinking. The Hong Kong-based luxury brand of Nissan unveiled a modified version of the coupe at a private party in Paris, showcasing a hybrid electric powertrain developed by the Renault Sport Formula One team. The concept isn’t earmarked for production — not yet, at least — but it does offer a glimpse of Infiniti’s goal to use hybrid and electric powertrains on all of its models by 2021.

PostHeaderIcon Infiniti Project Black S Prototype Goes Hybrid

Actin in accord with their promise to electrify their range from 2021, Infiniti decided to start the push with their highfalutin concept, the Project Black. SO they tweaked it and turned it into the Infiniti Project Black S Prototype, which is a hybrid. If this is what the electrified Infinitis of the future are going to be like, sign us up. 

We are, of course, familiar with the looks of the Infiniti Project Black S. Save some heavily accentuated panels, it’s the same as before. What’s new about this thing is the powertrain. The new S model features a dual-hybrid system that generates 570 PS combined. It consists of a 3.0 liter V6 twin-turbo with energy recovery system (ERS), and it enables a 0-100 km/h time of under four seconds. The system can also harvest heat energy from exhaust gases. This enables the powertrain to generate electrical power under both braking and acceleration.



The prototype has been developed jointly with Renault Sport Formula One Team. It kind of celebrates the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance as well. Infiniti Project Black S is based on the road-going Q60 RED SPORT 400 sports coupe. The F1 know-how has been used in the performance department a well as aerodynamics, as evidenced by the carbon fiber rear wing.

Roland Krueger, Chairman and Global President at INFINITI, comments: “INFINITI has reached another milestone on its road to electrification. Building on the strength and success of the electric vehicle expertise of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, INFINITI is showing the Project Black S, a high-performance prototype with F1 technology resulting from collaboration within the Alliance.”

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PostHeaderIcon Infinity Prototype 10 Concept

Infiniti has pulled the wraps off of the Inspiration 10 Concept, providing us a good look at what Infiniti’s future design language could look like. Like its predecessor, the Inspiration 9 Concept, the Inspiration 10 Concept is infused with retro styling, culled from classic speedsters and sculpted with modern design characteristics. Infiniti believes that the concept can serve as a springboard into the design of its future models. As such, the Inspiration 10 Concept is not expected to become a production model anytime soon.

PostHeaderIcon Infiniti Prototype 10 Revealed in Full, Looks Good

This year’s Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elagance sees the debut of a new Infiniti concept, as it does pretty much every year. It is called the Infiniti Prototype 10, and it follows last year’s Prototype 9 with a sleek and modern speedster design that is too cool and sweet for the real world. 

Yep, again, this is not something they can or want to put into production. This is just Infiniti showing off what they could be making in a perfect world instead of excellent but boring family cars they make now. Infiniti Prototype 10 evokes “spirit of early Californian speedsters” and it does it well, except for the electric drivetrain part. This concept is also the car maker’s way of reaffirming their commitment that from 2021 all their production models will be electrified. The 10 is the result of collaboration between Infiniti design studios in Japan, UK, and San Diego, California, and it’s the first project overseen by Karim Habib, the former golden boy of BMW and current Infiniti Executive Design Director.

“The INFINITIPrototype 10 echoes the layout and design of early speedsters. This period saw the creation of some of the most evocative car designs of all time, where power was celebrated through high-powered single-seat competition cars. Our new concept speaks of an electrified future, something which is reflected in its form and details. It is appropriate that we found inspiration in an optimistic bygone era in which cars were characterised by the simple love of driving.” Karim Habib








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PostHeaderIcon Infiniti will Awe the Crowds Again with an Electric Speedster at Pebble Beach

It’s been just 12 months since the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance was rocked by Infiniti’s unveiling of a Pre-War inspired concept named the Prototype 9. It was one of the best looking concept cars of 2017, and it was electric, which is what everyone is asking for nowadays. All this means that Karim Habib’s first job as chief designer at Infiniti must be a stunner, and the first glimpse we’ve got suggests just that.

PostHeaderIcon Infiniti’s Single-Seater Concept Teased with Sleek Lines and a Lot of Attitude

Infiniti’s teasing game of its Pebble Beach-bound concept continues, and the latest tease finally gives us a good look at the car in all its entirety. Not surprisingly, the new concept, called the Prototype 10, looks nothing like the Prototype 9, the retro stylized concept vehicle Infiniti unveiled at last year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The Prototype 10 is a modern, maybe even futuristic, interpretation of an electric, track-spec speedster that may or may not end up in production.

PostHeaderIcon Infiniti Prototype 10 Announced for Pebble Beach Debut

So last year at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance they unveiled the Prototype 9, and this year, naturally, comes the Infiniti Prototype 10. The new concept for the 2018 event is not so much an evolution of the 9 than a re-interpretation, giving the retro speedster look of that car a modern twist.

In fact the inspiration behind the design of the Infiniti Prototype 10, which is also an electrified speedster, has been the Q Inspiration. That is why it look more similar to the company’s current range of production cars, especially around the front. They say the 10 also previews design cues to be featured on future Infiniti models, which is a cool thing because it appears they are finally done with all those melty lines and are adapting a more muscular look with straight, clear-cut lines. This is going to be the look, sort of, of electrified Infinitis from 2021.

Infiniti Prototype 10 will celebrates its world premiere at the Pebble Beach concourse on August 23.

“The INFINITIPrototype 10 echoes the layout and design of some of the most evocative car designs of all time, where power was celebrated through high-powered single-seat competition cars. Our new concept speaks of an electrified future, something which is reflected in its form and details. It is appropriate that we found inspiration in an optimistic bygone era in which cars were characterized by the simple love of driving.” Karim Habib, Executive Design Director, INFINITI



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PostHeaderIcon Pebble Beach to be Graced by Infiniti Electrified Performance Concept

The 2018 Pebble Concours d’Elegance is playing host to a number of extraordinary concepts, including one from Infiniti that’s being billed as an electric vehicle concept. The description doesn’t do justice to the accompanying teaser image, which shows the concept’s cabin taken from a birds-eye-view perspective. The teaser doesn’t reveal too much, but it does show enough for us to assume that the concept could have some loose connection to the Prototype 9 Concept that Infiniti showcased last year at Pebble Beach.

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