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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Infiniti QX50 Revealed with VC-Turbo Engine

Not that it needed a special feature to set itself apart from the ordinary SUV crowd, but the new 2019 Infiniti QX50 gets one nonetheless. It’s the world’s first production variable compression ratio engine which promises greater levels of power and efficiency by constantly optimizing the compression ratio. 

While it remains to be seen how this system actually works in the real world, on paper it seems pretty good. The 2.0-liter VC-Turbo engine in the 2019 Infiniti QX50 is said to have the power of a petrol and torque of a diesel engine. The engine is able to offer any compression ratio between 8:1 (typical for high performance engines) and 14:1 (used by many manufacturers for high efficiency).they way it does all this is through an advanced multi-link system to seamlessly raise or lower the stroke of the pistons, detecting the car’s driving condition and driver inputs, and instantly selecting the most suitable compression ratio.

Other highlights of 2019 Infiniti QX50 which make it one of the hottest new SUVs to be launched next year include a unique, sculpted design, lavishly equipped luxury interior, excellent craftsmanship, and top of the line material. The SUV also offers one of the biggest interior space volumes in this class and benefits from parent company, Nissan’s, latest technology features such as ProPILOT Assist. The semi-autonomous system augments the driver’s abilities by discreetly reacting to certain hazardous situations, complementing driver assist features.







The 2019 QX50 is the most important vehicle we have ever launched, and it embodies everything the brand stands for: Beautiful design, advanced technology and empowering performance. As a luxury mid-size crossover, it’s the right vehicle at the right time in one of the world’s fastest growing segments.” Christian Meunier, INFINITI Global Division Vice President

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PostHeaderIcon L.A. Auto Show Preview: 2018 Infiniti QX50 & 2019 Subaru Ascent

In this installment of 2017 L.A. Auto Show Preview we take a first look at the two of the most important SUVs to be unveiled at the event. They include the new 2018 Infiniti QX50 premium crossover SUV, and the all-new and much talked-about 2019 Subaru Ascent three-row SUV. 

The Los Angeles-bound QX50 is not just an interesting in terms of its design and features – and the fact that Infiniti’s SUVs are always a head and shoulders above the competition. This bad boy is also the first production vehicle ever to feature an engine with variable compression. The new VC-turbo petrol unit is what Infiniti calls “major step in optimising efficiency and emissions of the internal combustion engine.” Some may call it the last struggles of the ICE. But anyway, the engine is just one of the good things about the QX50. Other highlights include top-notch refinement, rigidity and interior space, all-wheel drive option, and ProPilot autonomous drive.

2017 L.A. Auto Show will also see the debut of the Subaru Ascent in full production trim. The very recipe of this car ha got a lot of people already raving about how good it will be. You got a full-size SUV with the proven capabilities of Subaru off-roaders, the durability of the Japanese make, affordability, and now a lot of space and practicality. If the XV is for the young families with one or two kid, the Ascent is suitable for ones with teenagers. There’s space enough in there for them and their friends, plus their soccer practice gear.

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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Infiniti QX50 Gets new Technology, Similar Look

Infiniti has announced the new QX50 ahead of its L.A. Auto Show debut featuring slightly revised looks and Infiniti’s new VC-Turbo four-cylinder engine. It rides on an all-new platform that brings more interior space and more structural rigidity. To top it off, Infiniti promises a “powerful, handcrafted interior” and all of the new ProPILOT technologies that will allow autonomous, single-lane driving.

2019 Infiniti QX50 Details


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“The car will ride on an all-new chassis that is said to optimize passenger and cargo room while improving structural rigidity by 23 percent over the outgoing model”

As of now, Infiniti is saving all of the really juicy stuff for the car’s debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, but it did release some information to go with the single exterior image you see above and a few shots of the new VC Turbo engine. For starters, the car will ride on an all-new chassis that is said to optimize passenger and cargo room while improving structural rigidity by 23 percent over the outgoing model. The use of Super High Formality (SHF) high-tensile steel
(a first for not only Infiniti but the automotive industry as well) provides the extra strength and weight savings too. So, expect to see more space inside, less tweaking outside, and a drop in weight.

Adding to this new platform is the addition of new ProPilot technologies that will allow autonomous, single-lane highway driving at the push of a button. The system is able to control acceleration, braking, and steering in most single-lane highway scenarios and is activatable by the push of a button. Of course, Infiniti wants to point out that it doesn’t intend to remove the customer from the driving equation and promises this is a “step removed from the notion of fully autonomous motoring.” The system is said to add to the driving enjoyment and confidence/

“INFINITI’s ProPILOT Assist technologies offer support when needed and add to the enjoyment and confidence of the driver. Our intention is to empower the driver and enhance feelings of pleasure behind the wheel, not to remove the driver from the equation. The brand new QX50 will set a new benchmark in the biggest premium segment.”

2019 Infiniti QX50 VC-Turbo Engine


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“With four cylinders and a displacement of 2.0-liters, the new engine delivers a total of 268 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.”

Little is known about the interior of the QX50, and we’ve yet to see what it looks like, but based on the minor changes to the exterior, I would expect more refinement than evolution. Infiniti says the car as an elevated driver position for better visibility, “unrivaled” interior space, and a sliding rear bench for a flexible configuration and an addition 5.4 cubic feet of cargo room. Fold those seats down, and you’ll get as much as 60 cubic-feet. There are also under-floor storage areas to accommodate smaller items as well. Of course, we’re still not sure what the interior actually looks like, but it sounds pretty promising so far.

Given the fact that Infiniti is so proud of its new VC-Turbo engine – an engine that has yet to be proven in the real world, by the way – it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the brand has released plenty of information about it. With four cylinders and a displacement of 2.0-liters (1,970 – 1,997 cc depending on the compression ratio that varies between 8:1 and 14:1), it delivers a total of 268 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Maximum horsepower comes in at 5,600 rpm, and maximum torque comes in at 4,400 rpm. The engine works with four valves per cylinder but has a bore and stroke that ranges from 84.0 x 90.1 to 84.0 x 88.9 mm depending on the selected compression ratio. Fuel delivery is handled by both direct injection and multi-port injection while shifting duties are handled by an XTRONIC CVT that sends power to the front wheels only unless you opt for the all-wheel-drive system at the time of purchase.

All told, the Infiniti QX50 can hit the 60-mph sprint in 6.3 seconds on the way to a top speed of 143 mph. The XTRONIC CVT does offer a manual shift mode for those of who want to pretend you’re shifting your own gears (sorry folks, but it really isn’t the same,) and fuel economy is said to come in at 27 mpg combined when equipped with front-wheel drive. AWD will sacrifice one mpg, bring the combined rate down the 26 mpg,

2019 Infiniti QX50 vs 2017 Infiniti QX50

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As you can see from the images above, the new QX50 hasn’t changed much from the outgoing model, but there are a few minor changes. First off, the side profile doesn’t have those weird wavy lines that we saw on the old model. And, the front end doesn’t have a grille that looks like it was pushed in by Pedro Sanchez on Cell Block C, either. The lower fascia is sportier and more organized before. And, a big nod to Infiniti for doing something about those God-awful headlights. Jesus those things were ugly, but the new-gen model brings a much sleeker set that are incredibly upscale for a model like this… well done, Infiniti.

2019 Infiniti QX50 Specs Compared to 2017 Infiniti QX50 Specs

2019 Infiniti QX50 2017 Infiniti QX50
Engine 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder with variable compression technology 3.7-liter, DOHC, V-6
Displacement 1,970 cc – 1,997 cc 3696 cc
Horsepower 268 HP @ 5,600 rpm 325 HP @ 7,000 rpm
Torque 280 LB-FT @ 4,400 rpm 267 LB-FT @ 5,200 rpm
No. of Valves 16 \ 4 Per Cylinder 24, 4 Per Cyldiner, DOHC, CVTCS, VVEL
Compression Ratio 8:1 – 14:1 (variable) 11:1
Bore x Stroke 84.0 x 90.1 mm – 84.0 x 88.9 mm 86 x 95.5 mm
Transmission XTRONIC CVT w/ Manual Mode 7-Speed Auto w/ ASC and Manual Mode
Primary Drive FWD RWD
0-to-60 MPH 6.7 sec (FWD) / 6.3 sec AWD 5.6 sec
Top Speed 143 mph TBA
Fuel Economy (mpg) combined FWD 27 AWD 26 20 (via EPA)

As you can see from the chart above, there are a lot of differences between the outgoing model and the new-gen model.
The most obvious happens to be the lack of a proper V-6 in the new-gen model with that weird VC-Turbo four-banger in its place. The new VC-Turbo is significantly underpowered in comparison to the new QX50 will certainly come off as a turd if you’re used to driving a slightly older model. As a matter of fact, it falls short of the 325 offered by yesteryear’s model by a total of 57 ponies. On the other hand, the VC Turbo does accel in the torque department with an extra 13 pounds of twist over its predecessor. This is good from a towing standpoint, but the lack of horsepower is a little surprising as existing customers have come to appreciate the V-6 and those horses stashed under the hood. Of course, this VC Turbo is a new technology so it could turn out to be a good thing despite the power drop but we’ll have to wait and see.

“The old model could hit 60 in an astonishing-for-its-size 5.6 seconds while the new model will do it in as good as 6.3 seconds with AWD”

As you can see, the VC-Turbo covers a wide range of compression ratios and, naturally, the displacement and bore & stroke change a bit as well. Shifting duties are handled by an XTRONIC CVT compared to the seven-speed auto of the outgoing model. The new QX50 is front-wheel drive by default where the outgoing was rear-wheel drive. The old model could hit 60 in an astonishing-for-its-size 5.6 seconds while the new model will do it in as good as 6.3 seconds with AWD. Top speed for the new model comes in at 143 mph with fuel economy sitting around 26 or 27 combined, depending on the driveline. That’s a 6 to 7 mpg improvement over the outgoing model.

Final Thoughts


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As sure as night changes to day, the automotive industry changes as well. Old, monstrous engines of yesteryear are slowly being replaced with smaller engines that tote handfuls of turbos and new technology. We sacrifice little things like horsepower and fewer moving parts for things like better fuel economy and even a little extra torque. In this case, we may be looking at a fair trade-off considering those few extra foot pounds and 6 -7 mpg fuel economy, but it does come at the price of acceleration, speed, and the number of cylinders. On the plus side, the new QX50 is also lighter and stronger, and thanks to that new platform it should be a bit more spacious as well. Unfortunately, we have to reserve our full judgment until we see the car in the metal in L.A. at its official debut. Stay tuned for updates

References

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Read our full review on the 2019 Infiniti QX50.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Infiniti QX50.


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PostHeaderIcon Infiniti Teases New Car For 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show

The 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show is just around the corner, and some automakers are already giving us hints of what to expect. Infiniti is among them, and it just launched a new teaser for what it calls its “most advanced car ever.” The brand doesn’t give out the vehicle’s name, but the teaser shows part of the front grille and a headlamp, and based on these details it appears to be a crossover. Most likely, it’s the next-generation QX50. Launched as the EX in 2007, the QX was last redesigned in 2013. Granted, it’s not very old, but it’s one of the last Infinitis to sport the company’s previous design language. It feels old compared to other models, so a redesign for 2018 makes a lot of sense.

It’s pretty obvious from the teaser that the new QX50 will find its place in the current lineup. It has the massive grille with a honeycomb mesh and much skinnier headlamps. The latter are unlike other headlamps seen so far on Infinitis, being made of four different square LED elements and J-shaped daytime LED strips. I can also spot vertical intakes at the corners, which should give the front fascia a menacing look. Specific information is not yet available, but the brand says it will boast “world-first technologies” and “class-leading interior space.” We should find out more at the end of the month so make sure you stick around for updates and a full review.

References

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Read our full review on the previous generation 2017 Infiniti QX50.



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PostHeaderIcon Infiniti QX80

2018 Infiniti QX80

The Infiniti QX80 is getting a slight refresh for the 2018 model year. This comes after the SUV debuted in 2013 and is welcomed since the SUV segment is so hot these days. The grille, headlights, and hood receive the biggest updates, while new LED taillights, wheel designs, and color options round out the refresh. Even milder changes happen inside, though potential customers wanting the latest and greatest will find the larger rear-seat entertainment screens, revised leather-wrapped steering wheel, and larger storage compartments a welcomed addition.

The QX80 is somewhat of a niche vehicle. Infiniti says it sold 14,085 QX80s in the U.S. within the last calendar year, which is an 8.3-percent increase over the prior year. Compare that to the Chevrolet Tahoe’s 2016 sales of 103,306 in the U.S. Even the Cadillac Escalade outpaced the QX80 in 2016 with 23,604 examples sold in America. Still, Infiniti says its research shows the QX80 averages the youngest buyer in the full-size SUV segment, with a high percentage being females. The brand also labels the QX80 buyer as “affluent, high-achieving entrepreneurs and business leaders, often with families, who demand space and utility, hand-crafted quality and modern design, and effortless on-road performance” – whatever that means. Basically, the QX80 is a three-row, full-size SUV for those who want to stand out. The changes for 2018 won’t magically boost QX80 sales toward the Tahoe, but Infiniti can surely expect to see growth in the segment.

Let’s see exactly what’s changed for 2018.

Exterior

  • Grille more upright
  • Longer and taller hood
  • Revised lower fascia
  • New LED taillights
  • Wider side steps
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“The grille is more upright than before, and the hood is now longer.”

You’ll have to look closely to spot the differences between the 2017 and 2018 QX80s. Nevertheless, the changes do impart a bolder stance that wasn’t present before. The grille is more upright than before, and the hood is now longer. In fact, the grille moves 3.5 inches more forward, and the hood is raised by 0.79 inches. The new LED headlights are moved further up the front fascia. They also have a more aggressive, more modern canter. Infiniti calls them “human-eye” headlights. They’re said to have a triple light guide that passes through multiple lenses to better disperse the light across the road. Down low, the LED fog lights and the surrounding bodywork have been revised for a sharper look. The front fender vents even have a sharpened shape.

Overall, the new front is more aggressive and squarish, which matches the roofline and crisp lines of the D-pillar. The bodywork helps harden the QX80, giving it a more macho stance. That’s something the previous bubbly front design lacked.


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“Three new exterior colors are added.”

Elsewhere on the outside, the QX80 retains most of its previous sheet metal. That’s fine, though, since the 2018 changes are only a mid-cycle refresh. The rounded wheel openings, the blacked-out roof pillars (minus the stylish D-pillar), and the integrated running boards all remain familiar elements. Infiniti did make those running boards 0.79 inches wider for easier footing. The taillights are new, though. As mentioned, they are now LED units and are far less bubbly. The chrome trim above the license plate now extends into the red lenses, while different section within the taillights have different shades of red.
The lower bumper is crisper, as well. New horizontal reflectors help bring definition and better frame the trailer hitch cover.

The 2018 QX80 rides on 20- and 22-inch aluminum alloy wheels. The 20s have a six-spoke design, while the 22s have an 18-spoke design. Both wheels are wrapped in wide, 275-series all-season tires. Three new colors are added to the options list – Moonstone White, Mineral Black, and Champagne Quartz – making nine choices in all with solid, metallic and pearl finishes scattered among the hues.

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase (Inches) 121.1
Overall length (Inches) 208.9
Overall width (Inches) 79.9
Overall height w/ roof rack (Inches) 75.8
Front track width (Inches) 67.5
Rear track width (Inches) 67.9
Angle of approach (degrees) 20.9
Angle of departure (degrees) 22.3
Ramp angle (degrees) 20.7

Interior

  • Two available grades of leather
  • Three Interior color options
  • Updated center stack and controls
  • Updated steering wheel
  • New shift lever
  • Larger rear-seat entertainment screens

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“As for the seating, three color choices and two leather grades are now offered.”

Changes to the 2018 QX80’s interior are minimal yet important. A revised steering wheel and gear shifter not only look better but should feel better to the touch. New leather options are added, and the second-row entertainment system moves from 7.0- to 8.0-inch screens and better resolution at 900 x 540 pixels. The hard-key buttons controlling the infotainment system and radio have been reorganized for easier use.

As for the seating, three color choices and two leather grades are now offered. There are the standard leather and the optional semi-aniline leather with color-contrasting piping. Colors for both leather options include Saddle Brown, Wheat, and Graphite. Regardless of color, the leather comes with a handsome and plush quilted pattern that really looks high-class. Real wood trim lines the center console, dash, and other areas of the interior. Best of all, Infiniti now uses a new micro-coating on the leather that is resistant to stains and denim dye transfer.


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“Infiniti now uses a new micro-coating on the leather that is resistant to stains and denim dye transfer.”

The QX80 continues to offer seating for eight people with the second-row bench or seven people with the second-row captain’s chairs. With those captain’s chairs comes a large center console for storage and cup holders. USB and charge ports are placed on the console between the front seats. Second-row passengers can adjust HVAC settings for rear passengers from here, as well. The outboard seats in the second row are heated. The same is true for the front seats, which also have ventilation.

Drivers will appreciate Infiniti finally adding a smart key that automatically adjusts over 200 settings saved to that key fob. For example, dad’s key will have his seat setting, radio presets, and navigation preferences saved, while mom’s key will have all of her stuff. Depending on which key is used depends on what settings are activated upon start-up.


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“With both rear rows folded, the QX80 swallows 95.1 cubic feet of cargo.”

Smaller yet thoughtful updates include a larger cell phone storage bin that accommodates devices up to 2.9 inches wide. The USB port has been moved to a more accessible spot. The front cup holders now hold two 44-ounce cups for us thirsty Americans. The QX80 adopts Nissan’s Smart Rear View Mirror system for improved rearward visibility. Push a button, and the rear view mirror shows a camera view from the tailgate. This is extremely handy when carrying tall passengers or large cargo.

The QX80 remains massively spacious inside. The cargo area has 16.6 cubic feet of room behind the third row and 49.6 cubic feet with the third-row folded flat. With both rear rows folded, the QX80 swallows 95.1 cubic feet of cargo. Front occupants enjoy 39.6 inches of legroom and 39.9 inches of headroom. Second-row passengers get 41 inches of legroom and 40 inches of headroom. Naturally, the third row is more cramped, yet it still offers 28.8 inches of legroom and 36.8 inches of headroom.

Interior Dimension

Head room with sunroof front/middle/rear (Inches) 39.9/40/36.8
Shoulder room front/middle/rear (Inches) 63.8/63.5/605.
Hip room front/middle/rear (Inches) 59.2/58.4/48.8
Leg room front/middle/rear (Inches) 39.6/41.0/28.8

Drivetrain

  • 5.6-liter V-8
  • 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque
  • Seven-speed automatic transmission
  • Available full-time 4WD
  • 14 mpg city / 20 mpg highway / 16 mpg combined on RWD models
  • 0 to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds
  • Top Speed of 130 mph
  • 8,500-pound towing capacity

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“The 5.6-liter V-8 remains and still produces a very respectable 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque.”

No changes happen under the 2018 QX80’s hood. The 5.6-liter V-8 remains and still produces a very respectable 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. The seven-speed automatic returns, as does the standard rear-wheel drive and optional four-wheel drive system.

Those getting the 4WD system will enjoy the Auto mode. It’s a set-it-and-forget-it system that only sends power to the front wheels when the rear wheels lose traction. The 4WD system is also a part-time system, allowing the driver to select 4WD High range and 4WD Low range. High range locks in the front axles and splits power delivery evenly between the front and rear. 4WD Low range does the same but uses shorter gearing to multiply torque for better low-end grunt, which is perfect for hill climbs, churning through deep mud or sand, or recovering a stuck vehicle. The 4WD system also boasts a Snow mode.

Though the QX80 does not have locking differentials, it uses its brakes to redirect power to the tires with traction. Infiniti calls it the four-wheel Active Brake Limited Slip system.


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“The four-wheel independent suspension uses new dampers with a 30-percent reduction in damping force for a smoother ride over rough pavement”

The four-wheel independent suspension uses new dampers with a 30-percent reduction in damping force for a smoother ride over rough pavement. Keeping the QX80 from feeling sloppy is the optional Hydraulic Body Motion Control system, or HBMC. It uses high-pressure hydraulics linked between the shock absorbers to limit the amount of body roll during turns. Coming standard is the automatic rear leveling system, which keeps the tail from sagging when loaded down. This also helps with the QX80’s 8,500-pound tow rating. And if you haven’t guessed by now, the QX80 rides on a ladder frame shared with the Nissan Armada and its global variant, the Patrol.

Fuel economy isn’t the best, though that’s not a surprise to someone dropping big money on a big SUV. It’s also not too far off what other full-size, three-row SUVs achieve during EPA testing. The QX80 in RWD form will get 14 mpg city, 20 mpg highway, and 16 mpg combined. 4WD models get 13mpg city, 19 mpg highway, and 15 mpg combined. And yes, the direct-injected V-8 drinks premium fuel.

Drivetrain Specifications

Engine V-8
Displacement 5.6 liters (5,552 cc)
Horsepower 400 HP @ 5,800 RPM
Torque 413 LB-FT @ 4,000 RPM
Transmission Automatic; 7-speed with manual shift mode, Adaptive Shift Control, Downshift Rev Matching (DRM)

Pricing


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Infiniti is adding $900 to the QX80’s base price. That means the RWD model now starts at $65,745 and the 4WD model starts at $68,845. Three trim levels are offered: the standard QX80, the Signature Edition, and the Limited. The Limited starts around $90,000 and will come with just about every optional feature as standard equipment.

2018 Infiniti QX80 $64,750
2018 Infiniti QX80 4WD $67,850
Options
Theater Package $2,450
Split Bench Seat Package $250
Deluxe Technology Package $5,700
22″ Tire & Wheel Package $2,800
Driver Assistance Package $2,900
Premium Paint $500

Competition

Cadillac Escalade


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The venerable Cadillac Escalade has been the choice of automotive extravagance since 1999. Over the years, its luxury levels have risen, further separating it from its Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban cousins. The current ‘Slade debuted for 2015 and remains a fresh and solid choice in this category. It can be had in two wheelbase lengths, but both offer three rows with seating for seven.

Power comes from General Motors’ 6.2-liter, LT1-derived V-8. It has direct fuel injection, variable valve timing, and cylinder deactivation and manages an impressive 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission does the shifting and the rear wheels receive power. A full-time 4WD system is optional. The EPA estimates fuel economy at 15 mpg city, 22 mpg highway, and 17 mpg combined on 2WD models. Getting 4WD only alters the highway economy, dropping it to 20 mph.

Cadillac keeps the Escalade riding smoothly with GM’s Magnetic Ride Control. The system’s shock absorbers have magnetic particles suspended in the fluid that vary the ride depending on how much electricity they receive. GM says the shocks can adapt to changing road conditions several hundred times a second. The Escalade still uses a solid rear axle but has an independent front suspension.

Pricing for the 2017 Escalade starts at $72,090 for the short-wheelbase model. Checking all the option boxes puts the long-wheelbase Escalade ESV Platinum at $99,390. Adding other options adds even more to the price.

Read our full review on the 2017 Cadillac Escalade.

Lexus LX570


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Like the Tahoe-based Escalade and Armada-based QX80, the Lexus LX570 is a dolled-up Toyota Land Cruiser. That’s a great thing for those fond of Toyota’s go-anywhere LC and the heritage that comes with it. Unlike Land Cruiser owners who love flying under the radar, the LX570 shouts its prestige from the rooftops. The large Spindle grille and fishhook headlights draw attention while its interior is more techie and plushy than what’s found inside the Yota.

Under the hood is the same thing, however. Toyota’s aging 5.7-liter V-8. Here it makes 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque. It comes mated to a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic, and full-time 4WD with low range is standard. The Lexus also boasts advanced electronics that aid in off-road driving. There’s the CRAWL Control and Multi-Terrain Select systems, three drive modes, a locking center differential, and even a turn assist feature that locks the inside rear wheel to shrink the LX’s turn radius while off-road. The adaptive suspension also offers various ride height settings, along with variable stiffness during on-road drives.

Pricing is steep with the LX570. The SUV starts at $89,980. There are no trim levels, so the price all depends on how many options and packages are added. Check all the boxes, and the 2018 LX570 will total $98,610.

Read our full review on the 2017 Lexus LX570

Conclusion


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The changes Infiniti has given the 2018 QX80 help it look better, ride better, and offer more luxury to its seven or eight passengers. There’s no denying this mid-cycle refresh is a success. We’re always happy to see improvements. There’s also no doubt Infiniti is hoping the updated help QX80 sales, too. There is certainly room to improve on 15,000 examples sold annually. Then again, Infiniti can be thankful the QX80 far outsells the Lexus LX570’s abysmal figures; only 5,707 were sold in 2016 – and that’s an improvement of nearly 2,000 vehicles over 2015. Ouch. Still, it has a ways to go before catching up to the Escalade’s annual sales. Caddy moved 23,604 in the U.S. in 2016 – and that doesn’t even count the long-wheelbase Escalade ESV.

Sales figures aside, the updated 2018 Infiniti QX80 is a solid choice in the exclusive class of luxury body-on-frame three-row SUVs.

  • Leave it
    • Thirsty for premium fuel
    • Expensive with options

References

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Infiniti QX80 Full-Size SUV Priced from $64,750

It is true that the SUV trend continues to shift towards smaller and smaller models. But there are still those who need a big and chunky utility car for their nuclear family. That’s where stuff like the new 2018 Infiniti QX80 come in. This is a luxury family bus designed for little else besides being a comfortable means of getting about. 

And that is why such a big and expensive car can be had with 2WD. Most people who buy the 2018 Infiniti QX80 will use it for school run, soccer practice, and the occasional trip out of town to see grandma. They don’t need all-wheel-drive,so Infiniti won’t make them pay for it. Mind you, the price difference is not that great. The 2WD QX80 runs for $64,750, while the 4WD starts at $67,850.

Both models share the same 400-horsepower 5.6-liter DOHC V8 engine, which is another thing you don’t see often these days. This unit might drink gasoline like it’s Mountain Dew, but it’s smooth and torquey and sweet. 2018 Infiniti QX80 is also about as safe as car get, thanks to its size and also the host of safety features it comes with. The list includes Backup Collision Intervention, Blind Spot Warning, Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range), Distance Control Assist, Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Intervention, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Departure Prevention.

As for practicality, the QX80 can be ordered with seven or even eight seats, meaning you are going to be the one taking your kids and their friends to school every damn day. You just make sure they don’t mess up that nice and luxurious handcrafted interior.

2018 Infiniti QX80 Upgrade Highlights:

  • Redesigned front hood, fascia, fenders and grille and rear fascia and hatch styling
  • INFINITI signature headlamps & tail lamps, restructured LED fog lamps & side indicators
  • Reimagined 20-inch and 22-inch wheel designs
  • New exterior colors: Moonstone White, Mineral Black and Champagne Quartz
  • INFINITI-first Smart Rear View Mirror feature added to Deluxe Technology Package
  • INFINITI InTouch Single Display
  • Refined interior, including an updated shift knob and wrapped upper instrument panel with contrast stitching
  • New leather wrapped and stitched horn pad, door trim and seat quilting on Deluxe Technology Package
  • New Saddle Brown interior with new Charcoal Burl Trim
  • Updated Wheat (high contrast from low contrast) and Graphite interiors
  • Revised Theater Package

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PostHeaderIcon Infiniti Q60 Red Alpha Concept

2017 Infiniti Q60 Red Alpha Concept

Raise your hands if you feel a little hoodwinked by Infiniti and its Q60 Red Alpha Concept. I know I have my hands in the air because I expected something completely different from this concept. But, that’s the beauty of the auto industry. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, it gives us a car like the Q60 Red Alpha. I don’t think I’m the only one who thought that the concept would be a traditional go-faster iteration of the performance coupe. You know, something along the lines of the Q50 Eau Rouge with some extra luxury offerings thrown in for good measure.

Instead, Infiniti went a completely different direction in achieving the same goal. There may be a significant power and performance increase, but any hints of wood or carbon fiber trim are not just in short supply, they’re non-existent, to begin with. What we do get is a gutted interior with a roll cage in the back, Mickey Thompson drag racing tires, and a racing parachute in the back. A racing parachute! Did anybody see that coming? Granted, the concept does also come with a range of performance parts that will be available in the future for Red Sport 400 versions of the Q50 and Q60. We can at least look forward to that. But everything else about the Q60 Red Alpha speaks about a car that’s been heavily modified for one purpose: drag racing. I will admit though that I’m a little curious on how it’s going to fare on a drag strip, even if it’s something that I completely did not expect.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Infiniti Q60 Red Alpha Concept

Exterior

  • Matte Red paint finish
  • Mickey Thompson drag racing tires
  • Bogart Racing wheels
  • Carbon fiber rear wing
  • Racing parachute

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“In essence, this concept isn’t so much about aerodynamic bits being added to the car as much as it is about the new equipment it’s actually carrying”

Boy, oh boy, where do I even start? On the one hand, the Infiniti Q60 Red Alpha Concept still looks like a Q60. The front end still looks the same though it does get somewhat of a more sculpted bumper. The striking headlights are still the same. The front grille is still the same. The sloping hood is still the same too. It’s a similar story in the side and rear sections of the coupe, at least when you disregard the accessories that were fitted into the Q60 by Infiniti and AMS Performance.

In essence, this concept isn’t so much about aerodynamic bits being added to the car as much as it is about the new equipment it’s actually carrying. Let’s start with the wheels because no Q60 coupe will sit on a set of
Bogart Racing wheels and Mickey Thompson drag racing tires unless there’s a purpose behind it. The adjustable carbon fiber wing could be an exception, except that it’s been bolted in at such a weird angle that it makes you think once again that there’s a reason behind why it looks the way it does.


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“And then there’s the racing parachute”

Not only does the wing cover the taillight, but opening the trunk with that thing looks complicated unless Infiniti and AMS Performance designed it in a way that the trunk becomes an afterthought. And then there’s the racing parachute. Obviously, there’s no explanation needed for its inclusion because from the way the concept was prepared, it’s not something that you’d be driving to Whole Foods, but something you’re more likely to see in a drag strip.

Interior

  • Carbon fiber racing seats
  • Harness bar

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“Infiniti actually went the opposite direction for this coupe, preparing the cabin in such a way that it becomes more race-focused than it once was”

Apparently, there’s not a lot going on in the interior of the Infiniti Q60 Red Alpha Concept, at least if your concern is what kind of new luxury upgrades it has. Infiniti actually went the opposite direction for this coupe, preparing the cabin in such a way that it becomes more race-focused than it once was. There are no clear photos of the interior, but I can at least make out the presence of a harness bar at the back of the front seats. Speaking of which, the seats themselves are now of the carbon fiber bucket seat variety, specifically added to not just shed some pounds off of the car’s total weight, but also to serve its new purpose as a full-fledged drag racer. It’s unclear as to how the dashboard and the center console look like but, if it the same philosophy applies, I don’t expect to see too much in the way of luxury trims and accents in those areas of the interior.

Drivetrain

  • Red Alpha Intercoolers
  • Red Alpha Intakes with Dry Media Filters
  • High Flow Exhaust Downpipes
  • Red Alpha Catback Exhaust System
  • Red Alpha ECU Calibration
  • High Capacity Overflow Tank
  • High Capacity Red Alpha Center Heat Exchanger

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“The Q60 Red Alpha Concept has around 467 horsepower and 452 pound-feet of torque at its disposal”

As surprising as the intent was of presenting the Infiniti Q60 Red Alpha Concept as a coupe fit to drag race, there’s nothing surprising about the work that was done under its hood, especially since AMS Performance is involved. For those who are unaware, AMS Performance is responsible for some of the sickest and gaudiest aftermarket programs in the business today. This is the same tuner that was responsible for the 2,500-horsepower Nissan GT-R Alpha G R35. If there’s a tuner that knows how to crank up a car’s power and performance abilities, it’s AMS Performance.

And as expected, it did just that to the Infiniti Q60, which benefits from a long list of upgrades to its 3.0-liter V-6 engine, including the addition of new intercoolers, intakes with dry media filters high-flow exhaust downpipes, a high capacity heat exchanger, and the age-old ECU tuning kit. All together, it’s been reported that the Q60 Red Alpha Concept has around 467 horsepower and 452 pound-feet of torque at its disposal. The numbers have yet to be finalized though because Infiniti hasn’t confirmed – or denied – the exact power of the Q60 Red Alpha. What it did say is that the work of AMS Performance on the engine helped increase the latter’s output by 29 percent from its standard output of 400 ponies and 350 pound-feet of torque. Do the math on that and the numbers mentioned above ware the fact ones that come as a result of this extensive engine upgrade.


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I actually expected a little bit more owing to AMS Performance’s involvement in the creation of the concept, but I’ll let it pass on account of Infiniti’s plan to actually offer some of the products at its dealerships in North America. Likewise, AMS distributors will also get their hands on some of these upgrades in the near future. Either way, I do think that there’s still a lot more to the Infiniti Q60 Red Alpha Concept than meets the eye. I can’t place my finger what the purpose there is in the creation of the Q60 Red Alpha, but rest assured, I’m all ears to learn more about it.

Conclusion


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This is a bit of pickle, isn’t it? Personally, I’m impressed that Infiniti and AMS Performance were able to turn the Q60 Coupe into a full-spec racer with drag racing credentials. That’s a difficult task in of itself, but it’s even more impressive when you consider that the Q60 Coupe isn’t exactly the first performance car you’ll think of as far as getting a drag racing makeover is concerned.

That said, I don’t really know what the plans are for the concept beyond using it as a showcase of the new engine upgrades that Infiniti and AMS Performance cooked up for the former’s existing lineup of coupes and sedans. Is there a bigger play involved here, one that’s going to conclude with the Q60 Red Alpha becoming the kind of performance car that makes the whole auto world stand up and take notice? Or is this the extent of the what the concept is all about? The answers should hopefully come soon enough because at this point, it’s hard to see what the real purpose of the Q60 Red Alpha Concept really is. I suppose it’s a mixture of a lot of different things, but I still don’t know if it’s going to be anything more than what’s been presented by Infiniti.

  • Leave it
    • The whole point still escapes me
    • No clue on whether the concept will turn into a production model
    • I like the Q50 Eau Rouge much better

References

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PostHeaderIcon Nissan Testing Next-Gen ProPILOT with Autonomous Infiniti Q50

When Nissan introduced the semi-autonomous ProPILOT system on the new 2018 LEAF they thought they’d accomplished a great feat. But then they realized the pace at which the autonomous technology is moving forward was way faster than they had anticipated. So they are scrambling to advance the ProPILOT system and they’ve got themselves an autonomous Infiniti Q50 to do so with. 

Deployed on the streets of Tokyo with a couple of chaperones to make sure it won’t go astray, the autonomous Infiniti Q50 is putting to the test the next-generation ProPILOT self-driving functions.The technology enables the vehicle to operate autonomously on urban roads and freeways, beginning when the driver selects a destination using the navigation system, until arrival. In other words it provides full autonomy, as opposed to most other current systems which have partial self-driving capabilities, or can do it only on certain kinds of roads.

The autonomous Infiniti Q50 which is the test bed for the next-generation ProPILOT technology is outfitted with a host of sensors, cameras and radars, and it uses an artificial intelligence brain to make sense of the incoming data. The car has 12 sonars, 12 cameras, nine millimeter-wave radars, six laser scanners and a high-definition map. The powerful hardware is backed up by a software clever enough to ensure human-like driving feel and, more importantly, optima reaction in the face of the challenges the car faces navigating around the town.



“Ingenuity is at the heart of everything we do at Nissan,” said Takao Asami, Nissan’s senior vice president in charge of research and advanced engineering. “Our next-generation ProPILOT prototype showcases technology that will be available for real-world use from 2020. Today’s demonstration is another example of our successful work toward creating an autonomous driving future for all.”

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PostHeaderIcon New Infiniti QX80 Announced Ahead of Dubai Debut

On November 14 at the Dubai International Motor Show Infiniti will reveal a new version of their ginormous SUV, QX80. Inspired rather heavily by the Monograph concept, the new Infiniti QX80 is going to look push and plush, though under the skin it will remain largely unchanged compared to the current model. 

It is fitting that they chose Dubai Motor Show as the venue for the debut of the new Infiniti QX80. Such a thing would probably not be met with a great deal of enthusiasm in Europe. It’s just too big and too glitzy for the European taste. But people in the Mid East and America are going to love the QX80 with its huge chrome grille, generous space, large wheels and massive engine.





The new Infiniti QX80 will continue to use the current 400-hp 5.6 liter V8 engine, a smooth and buttery motor that is very capable and suits the character of the QX80, but drinks fuel like there’s no tomorrow. Infiniti does have plans to introduce smaller engines for this SUV later on, but we’re not sure if that would sit well with the customers. If you are going for a like this you obviously don’t care about economy and all that nonsense. You want the biggest of everything. If anything, they should put a V12 in it.

“INFINITI’s design DNA has been scaled up for our largest SUV. The QX80 brings a new commanding presence with powerful muscularity and enhanced horizontal movement. Our designers raised the visual height of our iconic double arch grille and signature headlamps striking an unmistakable road presence.” Alfonso Albaisa, Senior Vice President, Global Design

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PostHeaderIcon Infiniti Q70 – Driven

Executive limousines are a different breed, and the Infiniti Q70L has its own distinct take on the mid-size executive limo segment. Imagine you took a mid-size, rear-wheel-drive, luxury sedan and stretched its wheelbase a few inches, giving you more rear-seat legroom. Understandably, these cars offer passengers first-class space and amenities. But, does Infiniti have what it takes to earn business in this ultraluxe segment? Established players from Europe have these cars down to a science, and the Q70’s Japanese rivals make a solid case for themselves, too.

I recently spent a week driving the long-wheelbase Infiniti Q70 model and came away thinking it’s not quite ready if it’s looking to compete with established rivals like the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E Class, and Lexus GS. But, it also offers V-8 motivation at a price point where many of its competitors have half as many cylinders. That gives it a lot of appeal to those who appreciate sporty driving. Much like the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 I reviewed recently, the Infiniti Q70L a value leader in its segment – as long as you don’t value the latest-and-greatest infotainment features or the quietest interior more than you value a stonking-fast V-8.

PostHeaderIcon Infiniti Prototype 9

Once every few years, each major automaker unveils a futuristic concept car that either previews an upcoming design language or technology, or it simply showcases the brand’s ability to build amazing things. Infiniti is no stranger to this trend with the EMERG-E and Vision GT concepts, but it has taken a different approach for the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Instead of looking into the future, Infiniti took inspiration from the distant past for its latest concept car. It’s called the Prototype 9, and it’s a tribute to pre-World War II single-seater race cars.

Inspired by vehicles that dominated European motorsport in the 1930s, the Prototype 9 is also a tribute to the early days of Japanese racing and the country’s first race track, Tamagawa Speedway. And unlike its ancestors, which had large V-8, V-12, and even V-16 engines, the Prototype 9 is powered by a next-generation all-electric drivetrain. So, in essence, it combines a vintage design with modern technology, which is what a good concept car is supposed to showcase. Unfortunately, this vehicle isn’t slated to go into production, so don’t get your hopes up over being able to buy a track-ready single-seater anytime soon.

Updated 08/21/2017: We added a series of new images takes during the car’s official presentation at the 2017 Monterey Car Week.

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PostHeaderIcon Infiniti Prototype 9 Goes Official

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The retro concept we told you about before set for debut at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concourse became official over the weekend, and here it is in all its old-timey glory. Again, we don’t know how a company founded in 1989 can have heritage and history, but they describe Infiniti Prototype 9 as a concept that “represents a reimagining of a 1940s race car with time-honored production techniques employed to realize its retro design.”

Infiniti concepts of the past all had some kind of value in terms of production, whether it was the preview of a new design language or showcasing new technologies. And although at first glance Infiniti Prototype 9 appears to be just a flight of fancy with no practical value, it does have something worthwhile for the future of the company and that is an application of a prototype electric motor and battery from Nissan Motor Corporation’s Advanced Powertrain Department. So basically, this glorious thing has some kinship with the ghastly Nissan LEAF. This one, however, has panels hand-beaten by by a team of Takumi – Nissan Motor’s master craftspeople.

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As for the inspirations behind the project, we best let the makers explain it because it’s just too complex to follow really:

Prototype 9 was inspired by an emerging era of Japanese motorsport. The custom-built Prince R380, which also will be shown during Monterey Car Week at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering, broke several land speed records in 1965 before taking overall victory at the 1966 Japanese Grand Prix at Fuji Speedway. Prince Motor Company is considered to be Japan’s original builder of premium automobiles, and its legacy can be traced to INFINITI Motor Company and its current model line. The R380 shown at The Quail is the actual Japanese Grand Prix-winning car, believed to be the only surviving R380.

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PostHeaderIcon Pig-Designed Course Becomes The Testing Ground For The Infiniti Q50

Just when you thought you’d seen it all, leave it to the Japanese to open your eyes to a whole new world of possibilities, or at least in this case, “pig-ssibilities.” Poor attempt at humor aside, Nissan has come out with a new commercial for the Infiniti Q50 (not to be confused by its “Skyline” name in Japan) showcasing the sedan’s supposedly impressive Direct Adaptive Steering System. Not content with just bringing the Q50 to the thousands of test tracks scatter around our beautiful world, Nissan decided to create its own circuit, commissioning a pig to design it.

No, I’m not drunk. I really wrote that last sentence and Nissan actually did exactly that. To be fair, it didn’t just “hire” a normal pig to design the circuit; it actually tapped “Pigcasso,” the famous hog from South Africa who was saved from a slaughterhouse in May 2016 and developed a love for painting. I’m not making any of this up. Living up to his reputation, Pigcasso created what could very well be the single most difficult track design in the world, something that the Q50, with the help of racer Michael Krumm, would have to drive around. Nissan said that Krumm himself wasn’t privy to Pigcasso’s track design, which could explain the startled look on his face as he was trying to get his feel of the course. In the end, he managed to complete a lap of the track on the Q50, doing so while being told mid-lap about the identity of the swine who designed the whole thing. The video makes for a fascinating and admittedly entertaining watch, although having Pigcasso in it kind of pulled the attention away from Infiniti showcasing the Q50’s Direct Adaptive Steering System.

PostHeaderIcon Infiniti To Unveil Retro-Style Concept Car at Pebble Beach

Japanese luxury automaker Infiniti announced plans to unveil a new concept car at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance later this month. But unlike the usual show cars we see from automakers today, it won’t be a futuristic vehicle or a zero-emission prototype. Instead, Infiniti will showcase a heritage-inspired vehicle that captures the “ingenuity and adventure of early motorsports with the brand’s contemporary ’Powerful Elegance’ design language.” It sounds a bit ambiguous, but the teaser photos available right now show a vehicle inspired by Grand Prix cars from the 1930s.

Specifically, Infiniti’s creation seems heavily based on the single-seater designs that companies like Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union raced around 80 years ago. The most famous examples are the Mercedes-Benz W25 and W125 and the Auto Union Type C and Type D. These cars had massive engines mounted either at the front or to the rear, had fusiform shapes when viewed from above, and were nicknamed the Silver Arrows due to their silver paint and racing success at the time. So what’s with Infiniti drawing inspiration from cars that were built with many decades before Nissan launched its premium division?

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PostHeaderIcon Infiniti Retro Prototype Announced for 2017 Pebble Beach

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Infiniti, the luxury sub-brand of Nissan, is not exactly known for the soul and passion of their products for the simple reason that they are but cosmetically enhanced Nissans. That’s why we were a bit surprised when we heard of the Infiniti Retro Prototype which is set for debut at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

This Infiniti Retro Prototype concept is inspired by “heritage” which refers to a barn find Japanese race car they came across a while back. They speak of roots and spirit and craftsmanship when discussing this car, which are heavy words for a company founded 1989 to sell modern luxury cars with lots of plastic and industrial leather.

It started as a simple thought– what if we found a car, down at the Southern tip of Japan, buried deep in a barn, hidden from all eyes for 70 years. What if in this car we found the seed of passion planted during our first Japanese Grand Prix and the power and artistry of INFINITI today? What would this discovery look like?”

But hey, it is still great that they are getting into this whole passion thing. Hopefully this retro model will affect the look and feel of their future production models.It will affect the technology, no doubt, since Infiniti Retro Prototype, despite being retro, uses an advanced EV powertrain.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Infiniti Q50 MSRP Announced

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Not many of the offerings in the mid-range sedan segment are exciting enough, both to look at and to drive, for us to actually look forward to their launch. The 2018 Infiniti Q50, though, is one of the few exceptions owning to its refreshingly aggressive looks, the high level of standard equipment, and a range of excellent engines and drivetrain options.

All of this means you almost don’t mind that 2018 Infiniti Q50 starts at $34,200 and goes up to a whopping $52,600 for the top-of-the-line model. The 2018 Q50 is available in a total of 12 models — with four powertrain choices and rear-wheel and all-wheel drive available across all trim levels. Available engines include a 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo with 300 or 400 horsepower, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged with 210 horsepower, and an advanced gasoline-electric hybrid rated at 360 horsepower. All 2018 Q50 models come equipped with a refined 7-speed automatic transmission and Drive Modes, but all-wheel-drive is optional.

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2018 Infiniti Q50 MSRP Details (excluding the $905 USD Destination and Handling fee):

Model Engine/Drive MSRP
Q50 2.0t PURE 2.0-liter I4 Turbo / RWD $34,200 USD
Q50 2.0t PURE AWD 2.0-liter I4 Turbo / AWD $36,200 USD
Q50 2.0t LUXE 2.0-liter I4 Turbo / RWD $36,550 USD
Q50 2.0t LUXE AWD 2.0-liter I4 Turbo / AWD $38,550 USD
Q50 3.0t LUXE 3.0-liter V6 Twin Turbo 300 hp / RWD $38,950 USD
Q50 3.0t LUXE AWD 3.0-liter V6 Twin Turbo 300 hp / AWD $40,950 USD
Q50 SPORT 3.0-liter V6 Twin Turbo 300 hp / RWD $40,650 USD
Q50 SPORT AWD 3.0-liter V6 Twin Turbo 300 hp / AWD $42,650 USD
Q50 RED SPORT 400 3.0-liter V6 Twin Turbo 400 hp / RWD $51,000 USD
Q50 RED SPORT 400 AWD 3.0-liter V6 Twin Turbo 400 hp / AWD $53,000 USD
Q50 Hybrid LUXE 3.5-liter V6 Hybrid / RWD $50,600 USD
Q50 Hybrid LUXE AWD 3.5-liter V6 Hybrid / AWD $52,600 USD

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PostHeaderIcon Infiniti Q50

The Infiniti Q50 hit the market for the 2014 model year, and just two years later, Infiniti refreshed it for the 2016 model year. Well, instead of ushering in a new generation, Infiniti has decided to do another mild update for the 2018 model year, which includes a slightly different look outside, a revamped interior, and some new driver assistance features not previously available. Engine options include a 2.0-liter gasoline mill, a 2.2-liter turbodiesel, the 3.5-liter V-6, and a hybrid setup that combines a 3.5-liter V-6 and a 50-kW electric motor – giving the car a power output range of anywhere between 168 horsepower and 400 horsepower. The Q50 also makes use of Direct Adaptive Steering, a feature that Infiniti says is a “key building block to achieving fully-autonomous driving.” But, what is more important, is that each trim level will have its own stand-alone features and styling that will help it stand out in the lineup.

Roland Krueger, the President of Infiniti, said, “Infiniti seeks to empower our customers on their journey through their experience with us – whether it is our products, our technologies, our services, or simply a passion for driving. There is no better vehicle that incorporates all the elements of the Infiniti brand than the Q50 saloon.”

Now that the 2018 Infiniti Q5 has made its debut at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show, we have lots to talk about, so let’s dive on in and take a closer look at it and how it compares to the competition.

Update 7/21/2017: Infiniti has announced pricing for the 2018 Infiniti Q50. It starts out at $34,200, a $150 increase over last year’s model, and increases to as much as $53,000 for the Red Sport 400 – an increase of $2,300 over last year’s model. Check out the prices section below for all of the details.

PostHeaderIcon Is The Infiniti Q60 Project Black S Headed For A Production Run?

When Infiniti presented the Q60 Project Black S at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, it was tipped to be nothing more than a concept vehicle, a muscle-flexing opportunity of sorts to show what Nissan’s premium brand is capable of. Three months later, the Q60 Project Black S is back in the news, only this time it’s been loaded with appropriate Formula One technology that’s opening the door to the possibility of a production version in the future.

Does it mean then that we’ll see more of the Q60 Project Black S soon? That’s still a matter of debate, but the recent return of the concept sporting specially developed Pirelli P Zero rubber tires is an indication that something’s brewing within Infiniti that’s giving execs reason to reconsider its position on the 500-horsepower coupe concept. Even Tommaso Volpe, the head decision-maker of Infiniti’s motorsport division, isn’t shutting the door on the concept’s production future. “Pirelli’s input and knowledge, both motorsport and automotive, will be invaluable,” he said, referring to Infiniti exploring the feasibility of the Q60 Project Black S. It’s easy to get optimistic, especially with all the activity surrounding the concept these days. But like everything else, it might be best to not get those hopes up just yet. Remember, we all know what Infiniti’s recent history with these things has been. Shout out to the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge. We’re still waiting for you.

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PostHeaderIcon What’s The Best Sporty Luxury Sedan You Can Get For Less Than $50K?

At its most basic, a sport sedan should be a happy balance between two competing philosophies. The “sport” half of the equation should make it engaging, both in the way it drives, and the way it looks. A sport sedan should issue a dose of adrenaline when the hammer is down, and be a willing dance partner in the corners. It’s also gotta draw attention, turning heads as it goes, making its owner pause momentarily after exiting and locking the doors. Then there’s the “sedan” bit. A sport sedan isn’t supposed to be stripped down and basic – practicality and comfort are paramount. Often used as a daily driver, backside coddling should be there in abundance, complementing the car’s speed potential, rather than taking away from it. All told, it’s a big ask, but this segment has plenty of contenders vying for the title of best. In this comparison, we look at six of the top entries and sort them out, from first to last.

Listed in alphabetical order, this comparison will take a look at the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Chrysler 300, Infiniti Q50, Jaguar XE, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. We’ve evaluated each in terms of exterior aesthetics, interior comfort and technology, powertrain and drivetrain specs, and chassis and handling. We’ve also included a glut of info in chart and graph form to help you make a quick comparison. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the best sporty luxury sedan you can get for less than $50,000.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Infiniti QX30 MSRP Announced

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The most refreshingly unique player in the busy crossover segment is coming back in May with a new modelyear which starts at $29,950. That means the 2018 Infiniti QX30 costs the same as it did last year, which is fair enough because they haven’t changed anything!

Not that we’re complaining, of course. The 2018 Infiniti QX30, even if it’s literally the same as last year’s model, is a fine car and a joy to look at. The highlights of the Q30’s design include dramatic curves and turbulent, sculpted character lines, with signature LED daytime running lights and available LED headlights and LED fog lights. Let’s check these out in this video:

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As for the technical specs, 2018 Infiniti QX30 comes with a standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged unit rated at 208 horsepower and mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission on all models, but AWD is not standard, however, unless you choose one of the top models. The standard kit on models include Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, RearView Monitor, INFINITI Intelligent Key, three 12-volt power outlets and Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control. QX30 Luxury and Premium grades offer Nappa leather-appointed seating. And depending on the trim level you can get Intelligent Park Assist system, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Forward Emergency Braking.

2018 INFINITI QX30 MSRP:

Model Engine/Drive MSRP
QX30 2.0L I4 Turbo / FWD $29,950 USD
QX30 Luxury 2.0L I4 Turbo / FWD $32,600 USD
QX30 Premium 2.0L I4 Turbo / FWD $35,300 USD
QX30 Sport 2.0L I4 Turbo / FWD $38,500 USD
QX30 Luxury AWD 2.0L I4 Turbo / AWD $34,400 USD
QX30 Premium AWD 2.0L I4 Turbo / AWD $37,700 USD

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