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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

Infiniti Prototype 9

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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PostHeaderIcon Infiniti QX80 Monograph Unveiled in New York

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On the eve of the 2017 New York Auto Show we’re being offered a peek into the future of Infiniti SUV design with this, the Infiniti QX80 Monograph concept. The design study previews what the brand’s future full-size luxury SUV will look like, and it is rather good.

So the makers of large, luxury SUVs, especially in America, should start worrying right about now. The Infiniti QX80 Monograph manages to look both luxurious and high-end, and really gangsta at the same time!

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The highlights of Infiniti QX80 Monograph design include a mix of geometric and organic shapes to combine power with elegance, all reinforced by the sheer size of the thing which stands two meters tall and five meters long. The headlights are another nice feature that extend into thin lights that wrap around the front corners of the hood and run along the wings. The unique‘double-arch’ front grille with its fancy little details, the rear apron with equally fancy tailpipes, brushed aluminium sill step, pop-out door handles, ‘frosted’-effect paint finish, and 24 inch wheels are among the other notable features of the Monograph. Not all of these will make it to the production model, of course.

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“The QX80 Monograph provides the opportunity to reimagine INFINITI’s signature design DNA on a totally different scale. We sculpted our body pure, straight and horizontal, the muscularity both brute and sensual; part Rodin’s Thinker, part Michelangelo. INFINITI ‘carrozzeria’ used svelte satin copper skin, set off by an ultra-powerful double arch grille with abstract structural mesh, distinctive and focused human eye signature headlamp, and iconic fender vent. Our designers continue to impress by finding new avenues for INFINITI artistry.” Alfonso Albaisa, Senior Vice President, Global Design

 

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PostHeaderIcon Infiniti QX80 Monograph Unveiled in New York

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On the eve of the 2017 New York Auto Show we’re being offered a peek into the future of Infiniti SUV design with this, the Infiniti QX80 Monograph concept. The design study previews what the brand’s future full-size luxury SUV will look like, and it is rather good.

So the makers of large, luxury SUVs, especially in America, should start worrying right about now. The Infiniti QX80 Monograph manages to look both luxurious and high-end, and really gangsta at the same time!

Photo Album:

The highlights of Infiniti QX80 Monograph design include a mix of geometric and organic shapes to combine power with elegance, all reinforced by the sheer size of the thing which stands two meters tall and five meters long. The headlights are another nice feature that extend into thin lights that wrap around the front corners of the hood and run along the wings. The unique‘double-arch’ front grille with its fancy little details, the rear apron with equally fancy tailpipes, brushed aluminium sill step, pop-out door handles, ‘frosted’-effect paint finish, and 24 inch wheels are among the other notable features of the Monograph. Not all of these will make it to the production model, of course.

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“The QX80 Monograph provides the opportunity to reimagine INFINITI’s signature design DNA on a totally different scale. We sculpted our body pure, straight and horizontal, the muscularity both brute and sensual; part Rodin’s Thinker, part Michelangelo. INFINITI ‘carrozzeria’ used svelte satin copper skin, set off by an ultra-powerful double arch grille with abstract structural mesh, distinctive and focused human eye signature headlamp, and iconic fender vent. Our designers continue to impress by finding new avenues for INFINITI artistry.” Alfonso Albaisa, Senior Vice President, Global Design

 

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PostHeaderIcon Infiniti QX80 Monograph Unveiled in New York

INFINITI QX80 Monograph-0

On the eve of the 2017 New York Auto Show we’re being offered a peek into the future of Infiniti SUV design with this, the Infiniti QX80 Monograph concept. The design study previews what the brand’s future full-size luxury SUV will look like, and it is rather good.

So the makers of large, luxury SUVs, especially in America, should start worrying right about now. The Infiniti QX80 Monograph manages to look both luxurious and high-end, and really gangsta at the same time!

Photo Album:

The highlights of Infiniti QX80 Monograph design include a mix of geometric and organic shapes to combine power with elegance, all reinforced by the sheer size of the thing which stands two meters tall and five meters long. The headlights are another nice feature that extend into thin lights that wrap around the front corners of the hood and run along the wings. The unique‘double-arch’ front grille with its fancy little details, the rear apron with equally fancy tailpipes, brushed aluminium sill step, pop-out door handles, ‘frosted’-effect paint finish, and 24 inch wheels are among the other notable features of the Monograph. Not all of these will make it to the production model, of course.

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“The QX80 Monograph provides the opportunity to reimagine INFINITI’s signature design DNA on a totally different scale. We sculpted our body pure, straight and horizontal, the muscularity both brute and sensual; part Rodin’s Thinker, part Michelangelo. INFINITI ‘carrozzeria’ used svelte satin copper skin, set off by an ultra-powerful double arch grille with abstract structural mesh, distinctive and focused human eye signature headlamp, and iconic fender vent. Our designers continue to impress by finding new avenues for INFINITI artistry.” Alfonso Albaisa, Senior Vice President, Global Design

 

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PostHeaderIcon Infiniti QX80 Monograph

The Infiniti QX80 was birthed into the world back in 2004 as the QX56. It went through a generational change in 2010 and in 2014 it went through a mid-cycle overhaul and received the QX80 name to go with Infiniti’s new naming structure. Even with the facelift taking place just a few years ago, the QX80 is rather dated for such an overpopulated segment. We were hoping to see a new model for 2018, but instead, Infiniti has been busy working on the QX80 Monograph – a design study that basically displays how the QX80 could evolve in the future. For now, there’s only one image to go by, and it does have an evolutional look to it, but it’s also just as boxy so it’s not quite as modern as some would expect.

As a design study, it’s quite possible that this is the direction that Infiniti wants to go with the next-gen model. But, the problem is that it’s not really all that different from the current model. Sure, it’s got those fancy and futuristic LED headlights and a new nose that sits a bit taller to go with a new front fascia design, but that’s about it. To be quite honest, I doubt Infiniti is going to get a good reaction from this concept as it’s just too boxy for the segment that it competes in, but then again, the QX80 has been known as the model that outsells the rest of Infiniti’s SUVs, so anything is possible. With that said, let’s dive on in a take a closer look at the QX80 Monograph.

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PostHeaderIcon Infiniti QX50

It’s no secret the QX50 hasn’t exactly lived up to the expectations that Infiniti set for it, ultimately prompting an intensive update for the 2016 model year. Come 2017, and we were staring the Infiniti QX50 concept in the face at the Detroit Auto Show. Only a couple months have passed since then, and now we’re looking at spy shots of the first prototype of the next-gen QX50 putting in work on public roads. While it’s heavily covered in camo and padding, we can still make out some styling cues, and as luck would have it, it looks like it will get at least some of the design DNA we saw in the QX50 concept. Of course, it won’t have those cool electronic door poppers and the overall styling will be toned down a bit, but it should be a huge departure from the current model and could very well give the SUV a chance at survival in an overcrowded market.

Now, before we go too far into it, the new QX50 will be based on a couple of different models. See, the next-gen QX50 is based on the QX50 Concept, which happens to be based on the QX Sport Inspiration Concept that was showcased at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show. So, as you can see, the next-gen QX50 will have some pretty significant DNA heritage when it finally disrobes. There’s no official timetable, so we can’t say for sure when it will make its official debut, but the Frankfurt Auto Show in September isn’t out of the question, with customer deliveries kicking off sometime in the first half of 2018. So, with that said, let’s dive on in and see what we can spot through all over the camo on this prototype.

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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.


PostHeaderIcon Infiniti Project Black S

Infiniti introduced the second-generation Q60 Coupe at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show looking nearly identical to the concept that previewed it the year before. It comes to the market for 2017 with bold and aggressive styling, better efficiency over the outgoing model, and a revised suspension system, among other things. Its revised drivetrain includes two different engines with output ranging from 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque all the way up to 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. Unfortunately, the Q60 lost the available option of a manual transmission, leaving just a seven-speed automatic to mate with all engine options.

Now, the Geneva Auto Show is kicking off, and Infiniti as decided to participate in a design study of sorts that takes the Q60 Coupe and adds on a more aggressive body kit and a new high-performance, hybrid drivetrain inspired by Formula One. Dubbed the Project Black S, little is known about it, but Infiniti wants to use it as a basis to gauge customer interest in future high-performance Infiniti cars.

Roland Krueger, President of Infiniti, said, “Infiniti is the premium car manufacturer within the Renault-Nissan Alliance, and a technical partner to the Renault Sport Formula One Team, so it is natural that we come together to explore the possibility of bringing innovative, high-performance hybrid technology to our customers. Infiniti has constantly led the way in making innovative new powertrain technology available, and we’re extremely excited by the potential of Project Black S.”

The Project S is set to be revealed at a special event the night before the doors open at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show, so let’s take a close look at it before that happens.

Continue reading to learn more about the Infiniti Project Black S.


PostHeaderIcon Infiniti Q60S – Driven

The Infiniti Q60, formerly the G37 Coupe, soldiered on for an absolute lifetime in car years without a substantial update. Finally updated for 2017, the Q60 is much improved.

The Q60 and its competitors exist in a relatively small end of the market, in raw sales numbers. Personal luxury sports coupes aren’t at the top of any automaker’s sales chart. That said, they’re fast, they handle well, and they’re sexier than the models that do top those sales charts.

Continue reading to learn more about our test drive on the 2017 Infiniti Q60S.


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