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PostHeaderIcon Three Design Features that Make the Infiniti Q Inspiration Awesomely Unique

Infiniti unveiled a brand-new concept car at the Detroit Auto Show. It’s called the Q Inspiration and previews the company’s upcoming design language. It’s sleek, sexy, and sports a revolutionary engine under the hood. Add in the roomy interior and those cool seats and the future looks bright for the Japanese brand. I could talk about this concept car for days, but there are three cool design features that make this show car unique.

Morphing 3D Grille


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“While its shape is similar to that seen on production cars, it's significantly larger and notably wider at the bottom”

The first thing that caught my attention is the big grille up front. While its shape is similar to that seen on production cars, it’s significantly larger and notably wider at the bottom. But its main highlight is the mesh. Unlike production models, it doesn’t have conventional slats or a honeycomb pattern. The upper section is fully closed, while the remaining area has vertical fins that become shorter toward the center. But this is only visible if you look at the nose up front. Move to the side a bit and the fins disappear. This effect is further enhanced by the fact that the lower section is tucked deep into the frame, making the chrome finish less visible. From certain angles, it looks as if the grille is finished in the same color as the body.

Deeply Carved Headlamps


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“The concept basically removes the headlamps as a plastic cover attached to the body and it's a feature I'd like to see on production cars in the future.”

Next up are the headlamps that don’t even look like headlamps. Carved deep into the body and with a thick sheet of metal splitting the already slender cutout in two, it appears as if the concept doesn’t even have headlamps, just a couple of stylish crack that light up when needed. The new reflective technology and the very narrow, vertical LED stripes bring them to life when turned on, despite looking like dark holes when not in use. The concept basically removes the headlamps as a plastic cover attached to the body and it’s a feature I’d like to see on production cars in the future.

Chrome Reduced to a Minimum


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“Despite being a luxury car, the Q Inpiration has almost no chrome on the body”

Finally, despite being a luxury car, the Q Inpiration has almost no chrome on the body. With full-size vehicle from Rolls-Royce, Cadillac, and Mercedes featuring a lot of chrome, it’s a breath of fresh air in the industry. Sure, chrome is nice here and there, but I no longer believe in the ethos that luxury cars must have a lot of shiny surfaces. This used to be cool in the 1950s and 1960s, but it’s not very tasteful in 21st century. Infiniti seems to share this opinion and used chrome on the front grille only. The bumpers, the side skirts, the taillights, and the window frames are clean and neat.

While the Q Inspiration isn’t set to go into production, I’m hoping that the company upcoming flagship sedan will get these feature in one form or another. A tasteful car like this could start a new, cool trend of chromeless luxury cars. Now that’s something I want to see on the road.

References


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PostHeaderIcon Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept Points To Future Of Infiniti’s Design Language

Infiniti just made a big statement at the Detroit Auto Show regarding its future. The “statement” is called the Q Inspiration, a sparkling concept vehicle that the Japanese automaker is using as a showcase for its design future. The Q Inspiration’s bold appearance isn’t an accident. It’s Infiniti’s way of showing that it’s preparing for the big leagues with a new design strategy that can help reinvent the brand into a bonafide luxury marquee. Look over your shoulders, Mercedes and BMW. Infiniti is coming.


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“The Q Inspiration is provocative to look at, a word that we rarely get to use when it comes to Infiniti”

They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. That expression holds true for the Infiniti Q Inspiration. I’ve talked to people who love the bold design, and I’ve talked to people who prefer the look of the QX 50 Concept from last year’s Detroit Auto Show. Both sides make valid points, but I’m agreeing with the pro-side on this one.

At the very least, the Q Inspiration is provocative to look at, a word that we rarely get to use when it comes to Infiniti. The company’s double-arched grille takes a different form with the incorporation of the packed louvres into the center. In plain sight, the grille doesn’t inspire, but there is a lighting fixture around the grille that, when turned on, gives the section a different level of expressiveness. The short, swooping hood has a Maserati-like feel to it and the coupe-like roofline creates a versatile image of performance and luxury. Speaking of the roof, Infiniti swung for the fences with a windshield-sunroof hybrid that extends the length of the roof. Not only does this give off the look of a canopy-style roof, it’s actually become a popular design feature among automakers these days. Look at the Tesla Model S as an example.

As interesting as the front is, the rear section of the Q Inspiration is its money-maker. Somehow, the automaker covered three design elements — clean, edgy, and sophisticated — that make for a sexy-looking car. The thin taillights extend long enough for both to meet each other in the center, while the absence of a traditional rear bumper is magnified by how the rear fenders and the trunk blend into one another, disrupted only by the sharp body lines that extend diagonally on opposite sides of the car. Well done on this part, Infiniti.


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“The automaker covered three design elements — clean, edgy, and sophisticated — that make for a sexy-looking car”

Overall, I’m a fan of the Infiniti Q Inspiration. It’s suggestive without being overbearing. You can look at the concept and imagine what the future of Infiniti’s design language is going to look like without having to worry about the company going to extreme lengths at adopting elements from the Q Inspiration. There’s enough breathing room for our imaginations to get creative. That, in many ways, is what concepts should be about.

References


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PostHeaderIcon Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept

Infiniti has made tremendous progress in recent years, evolving from a brand that used to sell slightly more upscale Nissan models into a full-fledged luxury company that competes against the likes of Lexus and Lincoln. Come 2018, and the Japanese brand is looking to expand into new niches, including the electric car market. The Japanese firm is also readying a new design language, which was previewed at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show by the Q Inspiration concept.

A slightly futuristic midsize sedan, the Q Inspiration is giving us a glance into Infiniti’s future car design. It also signals a next-generation Q70 that’s sportier and uses a new-generation engine with variable compression ratio. “The premium sedan segment has become rather conservative. The Infiniti Q Inspiration previews something that could appeal to a younger audience, who seek modern design and new technologies to inspire and empower them,” explained Christian Meunier, the company’s Global Division Vice President.

Infiniti didn’t say whether the Q Inspiration also previews an upcoming flagship sedan, but the concept car should serve as inspiration for all future products. Let’s have a closer look at what it brings to the table in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Infiniti Q Inspiration concept.

Exterior

  • Upgraded front grille
  • Thin LED headlamps
  • Aggressive vents in the hood
  • Big chrome grille
  • Sleek profile with coupe roofline
  • Slender taillights
  • Sporty rear bumper
  • No exhaust pipes

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    “The Q Inspiration is a blend of clean lines, confident proportions, and muscular features”

The first vehicle to sport the company’s future design language, the Q Inspiration is a blend of clean lines, confident proportions, and muscular features. Up front, we can see traces of the company’s current styling. The grille is the most familiar feature, but it’s now larger and looks more organic. The regular mesh, however, was replaced by a unique design with a fully closed upper section and vertical fins that become shorter toward the center on the lower side. This design boasts an interesting effect, with the slats noticeable only if you look at the nose up front. Move to the side a bit and the fins disappear, an effect that’s further enhanced by the fact that the lower section is tucked deep into the frame, making the chrome finish less visible.

Below, there’s a split design for the apron, while the rest of the bumper consists of massive vents. There are two just under the grille and two more on the sides.


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“The headlamps are carved deep into the body, eliminating the classic plastic lenses seen on most cars”

The headlamps are unique too. The cool thing about them is that they don’t even look like headlamps, as they are carved deep into the body. A thick sheet of metal splits the already slender cutout in two, giving the impression that the vehicle doesn’t have headlamps, just a couple of stylish crack that light up when needed. The new reflective technology and the very narrow, vertical LED stripes bring them to life when turned on, despite looking like dark holes when not in use. The headlamps are no longer just plastic covers attached to the body and this idea seems like a stylish option for the future.

The front hood is shaped like an aggressive V that starts from the nose and becomes wider toward the screen, eventually merging with the beltline from the bottom of the A-pillars toward the back. The side panels are very clean, but they can’t be described as featureless. While there are no side mirrors and door handles to disturb the design, the side skirts are pretty big, while the rear haunches are as muscular as a proper sports car. The side mirrors have been replaced by small cameras, which is the norm for concept cars these days, while the roof is made entirely from glass. The chrome and carbon-fiber wheels with an intricate spoke design are a nice touch as well.


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“Despite being a luxury car, the Q Inspiration has almost no chrome on the body”

Around back, the Q Inspiration boasts a sporty stance. Not only the roof ends in a fastback layout with a short and sleek decklid, but the taillights are extremely thin (and carved deep into the body, just like the headlamps), while the bumper has big air vents.

Another interesting feature is the overall lack of chrome. Despite being a luxury car, the Q Inspiration has almost no chrome on the body, with high-sheen trim limited to the front grille and the rear bumper. This is a significantly different approach from most premium automakers — including Mercedes-Benz and Rolls-Royce — which usually use a lot of chrome on their cars.

Interior

  • Clean layout
  • Wood veneer dashboard
  • “Floating” center console
  • Four-seat layout
  • Enhanced passenger space
  • Premium features
  • Autonomous drive

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“The cabin boasts a minimalist approach with clean surfaces and emphasis on passenger space”

Infiniti didn’t have much to say about the cabin, but the photos reveal a minimalist approach with clean surfaces and emphasis on passenger space. The dashboard is thin and as simple as they get, but the wood veneer and the small display in the center gives it a premium look. The steering wheel is modern and sporty, bringing together white and black leather, carbon-fiber spokes, and a flat bottom. The door panels have a multi-layer design, with wood veneer set on top of the black leather panels and the white leather armrests. Thin chrome trim and red stitching adds to the intricate look.

The traditional center console seen in production models was replaced by a sleak looking element that appears to float inside the cabin. The design gives front-seat passengers more space and makes the entire cabin look airy.


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“The glass roof allows natural light to flood the cabin”

The seats have a unique and more modern design. They look more like fancy office seats thanks to their four-piece design with the wide shoulder rest and the thin headrest. But they do appear to be very comfortable and offer proper lateral support at the same time. The rear compartment has two identical seats, while the center console stretches all the way back to act as central armrest. The glass roof allows natural light to flood the cabin.

Tech information is slim, but Infiniti did say that the concept uses new “ProPilot functionality.” That’s probably the next-generation autonomous technology that the brand is working on for future model. In the company’s own words, it “enables drivers to delegate more stressful driving tasks to the car, and enjoy an enhanced ability to respond to hazards. With the system acting as a co-pilot, the driver always retains ultimate control.”

Drivetrain

  • Variable compression ratio engine
  • Enhanced fuel efficiency
  • Production-ready drivetrain

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“Power comes from Infiniti's VC-Turbo technology, the world's first production-ready variable compression ratio engine”

The Q Inspiration is powered by Infiniti’s revolutionary VC-Turbo technology, the world’s first production-ready variable compression ratio engine. This new technology enables the the compression ratio to adjust in real time and optimize the engine for either high performance driving or fuel efficient cruising. Unlike most features inside and out, the VC-Turbo technology is actually scheduled to go into production for a number of vehicles.

However, the upcoming sedan could also sport an electric drivetrain, hinted by the lack of exhaust pipes.

The last time Infiniti showcased a battery-powered drivetrain was in the race-inspired Prototype 9. The concept was powered by a 30-kWh, high-voltage battery and a prototype electric motor rated at 148 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. A development of this drivetrain sounds just right for the Q Inspiration, but it should boast a bit more oomph and use all-wheel-drive instead of an RWD system.

A hybrid drivetrain is also possible, but it remains to be seen whether Infiniti is introducing a new one or a revised version of the combo offered in the Q70. The sedan uses a 3.5-liter V-6 engine rated at 302 horsepower and 258 pound-feet and a Nissan-made electric motor that’s good for 67 horses and 214 pound-feet. Total output is rated at 360 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of twist.

Conclusion


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Based on Infiniti’s description that the Q Inspiration is a midsize vehicle, the concept car should preview the next-generation Q70. However, I don’t expect too many of its design features to make it on the production model. Sure, the next Q70 will probably have the overall shape and size and the larger grille, but the headlamps and taillights will definitely grow in size. The cabin will also ditch the seats and the simple dashboard layout. While some of these features would make a production model too expensive, the clean layout isn’t yet suitable for current vehicles that still rely on numerous buttons and knobs to communicate with the passengers. Still, the Q Inspiration is truly inspiring and it will be Infiniti’s best-looking vehicle for many auto shows to come. Hopefully it will also serve as inspiration for the much-rumored Q90 flagship sedan.

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References


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PostHeaderIcon New Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept – First Look

With the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit only a couple of weeks away, Infiniti decided to tease us with the first official photo of their latest concept. The Infiniti Q Inspiration previews the firm’s new design language ad also their vision for a future model for the saloon segment. 

The first thing that strikes a viewer upon seeing the Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept as a welcome new feature is the fact that the new form language is a lot less melt-y than before. You  probably remember Infiniti’s previous concepts and how every bit of them looked like they’d been exposed to vicious flames and then deep-freezed while melting. It was an odd, but fascinating look that made its way to some extent to production models. The new design is neater and cleaner and altogether less cluttered. We probably have Executive Design Director Karim Habib, formerly of BMW, to thank for the improvement.

We have to see the Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept in full before making a real opinion of it, but we’re liking what we’ve seen of it so far.

Karim Habib said “We aim to take traditional saloon architecture to its next stage of evolution. Experimenting with new proportions in an established segment with the arrival of smarter, compact powertrains, the Q Inspiration features a shorter hood and elongated body, with all the benefits to interior well-being, comfort and space that this layout entails.”

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PostHeaderIcon Infiniti QX30 Sport

Infiniti makes a lot of fun cars and SUVs. But the QX30 may be the best offering in the range on a fun-per-dollar basis — particularly the 2018 QX30 Sport.

Sharing a lot in common with the Mercedes-Benz GLA Class, the smallest Infiniti crossover is eager to clip apexes on your favorite twisty road. Yet it remains practical enough for a small family to use as a daily driver, and cheap enough to make it attractive to people who might not be luxury-brand regulars.

Design Notes


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“The secondary grille low on the fascia almost gives its face a mischievous grin”

Infiniti’s design team deserves applause.

The QX30 is a striking, swoopy masterpiece that looks like it’s going fast when it’s sitting still.

The front of the QX30 uses Infiniti’s corporate nose to good effect, setting the tone for the rest of the design. The secondary grille low on the fascia almost gives its face a mischievous grin. Narrow headlight lenses can house LEDs instead of traditional bulbs. The hood is relatively low and long, for a front-wheel drive-based crossover. Along with the steeply raked windshield, it adds to the sporty look of the QX30.

From the side view, that windshield rake becomes more apparent. So does the QX30’s muscular body sculpting, including front fender bulges and a chiseled crease that flows from the hood down through both door handles. An upward crease at the bottom of the design adds visual strength while speaking to the QX30’s sporting intentions. The QX30 Sport model adds lower body-side cladding that further accentuates this design, along with 19-inch blacked-out alloy wheels. Infiniti’s trademark crescent-moon chrome trim is present at the rearmost part of the side windows. It’s a nice design signature, similar in purpose to BMW’s famed Hofmeister Kink.


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“From the rear, the QX30 sits low and would almost pass for a regular hatchback model if not for the extra inch or two of ride height”

From the rear, the QX30 sits low and would almost pass for a regular hatchback model if not for the extra inch or two of ride height. The hatch glass slopes steeply from the C pillar down to the metal structure of the tailgate. The rear design is an interesting mix of elements — glass, glossy black trim, and painted metal and plastic with a harmonious array of creases and indentations. Twin exhaust outlets — painted glossy black on the QX30 Sport — tie it all together.

Inside, the QX30 Sport has two-tone leather seating surfaces — black with white accents. It works well. The front buckets are a faux race car design, with an immovable headrest and a cutout at shoulder-level that evokes a five-point harness setup. The cockpit design is as modern and swoopy as the exterior body panels. The center stack is topped by a seven-inch display. There’s a pair of air vents below it, followed by a CD slot (!), multimedia control buttons and volume knob, seat heat and HVAC controls, and a storage cubby ahead of the joystick-style shift lever.

Drive Notes


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“Making 208 horsepower at 5,500 RPM and 258 lb-feet of torque between 1,200 and 4,400 RPM, the QX30 Sport’s engine provided a good mix of fun and frugality”

Propelling all Infiniti QX30s is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine co-developed with Mercedes-Benz.

Making 208 horsepower at 5,500 RPM and 258 lb-feet of torque between 1,200 and 4,400 RPM, the QX30 Sport’s engine provided a good mix of fun and frugality. While I found it a bit raspy when revved, the QX30’s seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission and the engine’s wide, flat torque curve made that kind of revving largely unnecessary in normal driving.

Steering feel in the QX30 Sport is better than some vehicles costing twice as much. Driving the QX30 Sport weeks after driving an Infiniti Q70L, the QX30 had a tighter steering feel compared to the Q70, which had good feedback but an almost hollow feeling transmitted through the steering column. Perhaps it’s a matter of Mercedes chassis engineering.


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“A MacPherson suspension up front includes a stabilizer bar and a multilink rear independent suspension setup”

Handling is a strong point for the QX30 Sport, with a MacPherson suspension up front that includes a stabilizer bar and a multilink rear independent suspension setup. On a twisty road, the QX30 handles superbly. For the Sport trim, Infiniti lowers and stiffens the suspension a bit compared to other QX30s. This results in a slightly rougher experience over potholes and expansion joints, but the payback is a stiffer chassis on your favorite curve-filled backroad. In addition, the Sport gets cross-drilled ventilated front disc brakes to help the brakes perform stronger than standard QX30 models.

Like a great many sporty luxury entries of all sizes, the QX30 Sport allowed quite a bit of road noise into the cabin. That was the only consistent disappointment in the QX30 Sport. Thankfully, the Sport’s standard Bose 10-speaker audio system is more than capable of drowning out the din.

Also, I was thankful for the Mercedes-Benz infotainment system in the QX30. It mostly addressed my frequent criticism of Infiniti models: I usually find their infotainment experience dated or in some other ways, not ideal. The last Q70 I drove was utilizing an infotainment interface that seemed very outdated. Meanwhile, the twin-screen setup in the Q50 and Q60 seems more modern, but is not without its shortcomings.


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“The QX30 had an infotainment system that was an interesting mix of Infiniti touches and other things you might find in many newer Mercedes models”

The QX30 had an infotainment system that was an interesting mix of Infiniti touches and other things you might find in many newer Mercedes models, including its sister, the GLA Class. That was a good thing. It was easy to navigate the menu structure using the console-mounted control dial.

There were other Mercedes-Benz Easter eggs hidden in the mannerisms of the car. The “Don’t Forget Your Key” and “Buckle Your Seat Belt” chimes — very identifiable “bong” sounds — were just like every Mercedes I have driven in the past. The gauge cluster had a central information screen for things like fuel economy and tire pressure, and that screen’s graphics were exactly like most modern-day Mercedes-Benzes, with the exception of the miniature QX30 shown in some graphics.

Interior space was a little tight for my family of four. Making room for a rear-facing baby seat required my front-seat passenger to ride with her knees nearly touching the glovebox door. Infiniti’s specs say there’s just 33.5 inches of rear-seat legroom and 37.5 inches of rear headroom, so taller passengers will not like riding back there for more than a jaunt across town.


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“Cargo capacity comes in at 19.2 cubic feet with the rear seats upright, which isn’t bad in a world of 15-cubic-foot sedan trunks”

The dimensions are more friendly for front-seat occupants, with 41.3 inches of legroom and 38.4 inches of headroom. Cargo capacity comes in at 19.2 cubic feet with the rear seats upright, which isn’t bad in a world of 15-cubic-foot sedan trunks, but I found it difficult to stack our groceries back there — perhaps because of the cargo cover remaining in place. Fold the rear seats and things get easier, with 34 cubic feet of space.

Competitors

Mercedes-Benz GLA Class


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“Any GLA will handle just a little bit better than the Infiniti-tuned QX30”

It’s impossible to talk about the QX30’s competition without mentioning its German sister, the Mercedes-Benz GLA Class.

While styling is subjective, I find Infiniti’s sheet metal more attractive than the slightly dowdy GLA. The interior experience, as noted above, remains mostly the same in either model, however. So if you like the exterior design of the Merc better than the Infiniti, you won’t have to give up any of the interior niceties noted above.

The big advantage for Mercedes-Benz: Tuning. Any GLA will handle just a little bit better than the Infiniti-tuned QX30. The Germans engineered the platform both vehicles are built on, so they seem to get the most out of it with regard to ride and handling. Also, those who want a high-performance small SUV can get an AMG version of the GLA that cranks out a healthy 375 horsepower from a hand-built 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine. It’s the same engine I have experienced in the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 sedan, and it is a riot to drive.

Otherwise, I think Infiniti has a better value proposition. It gives up nothing in terms of its handsome looks or its interior luxury to the Mercedes GLA Class, yet it’s cheaper to buy. Starting price of the QX30 is $29,950, and my QX30 Sport tester had a starting price of $38,500. An equivalent comparison of Mercedes-Benz GLA 250s would see a base price of $33,400 and a well-equipped price north of $40,000. On top of that, Infiniti dealerships tend to be more aggressive with discounts than Mercedes-Benz dealerships.

Read our full review on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class.

MINI Cooper Countryman


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“The MINI Countryman and the Infiniti QX30 are two very different vehicles aiming at the same type of buyer”

While it doesn’t have the sporty looks of the QX30, the MINI Cooper Countryman is worth comparing to the low-slung Infiniti. Upright stance notwithstanding, the Countryman has plenty of powertrain and chassis chops when equipped in Cooper S trim, allowing it to hang with the Infiniti on your favorite section of highway.

I give the Countryman the edge in several categories: Its ride is more forgiving on rough roads. Its interior is more practical for a small family thanks to its boxy shape. That shape also makes for big window openings, giving occupants great outward visibility from any seat. The MINI has a wider range of powertrain options (three-cylinder or four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engines, or a plug-in hybrid that can go about 12 to 15 miles on batteries alone before using any gasoline.) Customization options abound, including an optional manual transmission, as befits MINI’s modus operandi.

Those looking for a deal will still probably be more attracted to the Infiniti QX30, however. The Countryman ain’t cheap. You’ll be hard-pressed to find one for less than $30,000 at your local MINI dealer, and most will creep closer to $40,000 with a few preferred options installed.

Outside and in, the MINI Countryman and the Infiniti QX30 are two very different vehicles aiming at the same type of buyer: someone who values a small vehicle footprint, a sporty driving experience, and a luxurious interior.

Read our full review on the 2017 MINI Cooper Countryman.

Lexus NX200t


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“Even in its sportiest “F-Sport” trim, the NX200t just seems better-sorted on a rough stretch of pavement.”

Infiniti’s old rival Lexus has a compelling entry in this class for those who place comfort and reliability above all other considerations. The NX200t is arguably attractive — some like its design, some don’t — but the interior is where you’ll spend most of your time in any vehicle, and the NX200t feels a class above the Infiniti QX30 there.

Lexus usually nails interior luxury touches, so that conclusion may come as no surprise. But in addition to the supple nature of the interior surfaces, the ride quality also is softer and better-controlled than the QX30. Even in its sportiest “F-Sport” trim, the NX200t just seems better-sorted on a rough stretch of pavement.

The trade-off is sportiness. Despite its turbocharged engine making more power than the Infiniti (235 horsepower vs. Infiniti’s 208), its brakes are not as impressive as QX30, and its handling is more wallowy on a twisty road. Its extra power doesn’t really give it a clear advantage in the engine room, either, with the NX200t coming in about 300 lbs heavier than the QX30.

For a lot of buyers, however, the slightly less sporty performance won’t matter one bit. The NX200t should prove as reliable as its Lexus stablemates and will offer a serene environment that isolates the driver and passengers from the crazy world outside.

Read our full review on the 2017 Lexus NX200t.

Conclusion


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While the Infiniti QX30 Sport had its flaws, it also had its strengths. Those who value striking exterior design and a sporty-driving crossover will find a lot to like in this little puddle-jumper. But it’s a segment full of strong competitors of widely different flavors, and shoppers will have their work cut out for them in deciding whether the QX30 offers a package they want to drive to work every day.

Disclosure: Infiniti provided the vehicle, insurance, and a tank of fuel for this review.

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PostHeaderIcon Infiniti Teases New Concept Car for Detroit Auto Show

We’re rapidly heading toward the end of 2017, but a new auto show season is upon us with the 2018 Detroit Auto Show set to kick off on January 13. Some automakers have already announced their new cars for the year’s first event, and Infiniti just unveiled that it will bring a concept car to the Cobo Center. The vehicle doesn’t have a name yet, and most details are still under wraps, but Infiniti did say that it “previews a new generation of Infiniti vehicles” and represents the first manifestation of the company’s new design language.


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“The new concept will demonstrate Infiniti's "artistry in the new age of autonomy and breakthrough drivetrains"”

“The new Infiniti concept car will take the traditional sedan architecture to its next stage of evolution. A shift toward smarter, more compact and less intrusive powertrains; we were able to create an alternative form with flowing gestures, more engaging in character and more enriching in experience. With its long cabin, balanced proportions and muscular stance, the concept heralds in a new era for Infiniti models,” said Karim Habib, the company’s design director.

The Japanese brand also mentioned that the new concept would demonstrate Infiniti’s “artistry in the new age of autonomy and breakthrough drivetrains,” which means that the vehicle will be semi or fully autonomous and feature a state-of-the-art, either hybrid or electric drivetrain.

The company also released a teaser showing some of the concept’s front end design. It appears to have an upgraded, larger front grille with a wide lower section, a polished logo, and extremely thin headlamps. Interesting styling cues include the small vertical bars on the headlamps, which could be part of some new LED technology, and the aggressive vents carved on the upper fenders, where these elements meet the front hood. The grille is finished in white, just like the body, which gives the car a unique look. At this point it’s tough to say if this show car previews a successor to the Q50 or Q70, but it could be a flagship model. But it’s not out of the question to see a preview for a larger sedan, like the much-rumored Q90.

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PostHeaderIcon Infiniti Teases New Concept Car for Detroit Auto Show

We’re rapidly heading toward the end of 2017, but a new auto show season is upon us with the 2018 Detroit Auto Show set to kick off on January 13. Some automakers have already announced their new cars for the year’s first event, and Infiniti just unveiled that it will bring a concept car to the Cobo Center. The vehicle doesn’t have a name yet, and most details are still under wraps, but Infiniti did say that it “previews a new generation of Infiniti vehicles” and represents the first manifestation of the company’s new design language.


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“The new concept will demonstrate Infiniti's "artistry in the new age of autonomy and breakthrough drivetrains"”

“The new Infiniti concept car will take the traditional sedan architecture to its next stage of evolution. A shift toward smarter, more compact and less intrusive powertrains; we were able to create an alternative form with flowing gestures, more engaging in character and more enriching in experience. With its long cabin, balanced proportions and muscular stance, the concept heralds in a new era for Infiniti models,” said Karim Habib, the company’s design director.

The Japanese brand also mentioned that the new concept would demonstrate Infiniti’s “artistry in the new age of autonomy and breakthrough drivetrains,” which means that the vehicle will be semi or fully autonomous and feature a state-of-the-art, either hybrid or electric drivetrain.

The company also released a teaser showing some of the concept’s front end design. It appears to have an upgraded, larger front grille with a wide lower section, a polished logo, and extremely thin headlamps. Interesting styling cues include the small vertical bars on the headlamps, which could be part of some new LED technology, and the aggressive vents carved on the upper fenders, where these elements meet the front hood. The grille is finished in white, just like the body, which gives the car a unique look. At this point it’s tough to say if this show car previews a successor to the Q50 or Q70, but it could be a flagship model. But it’s not out of the question to see a preview for a larger sedan, like the much-rumored Q90.

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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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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.

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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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Read our full review on the previous 2017 Infiniti QX80.



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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.

Continue reading to learn more about the Infiniti Prototype 9.

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.

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1969 Ford Mustang -- 1969 FORD MUSTANG 47,704 Miles WHITE CONVERTIBLE Automatic
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