Infiniti will stop offering V8 engines in its luxury cars

Article by Christian A., on September 8, 2012

Infiniti won’t offer anymore V-8 engines in its luxury vehicles, according to a new report from Motoring. Johan de Nysschen, the Infiniti global president, said during a product launch in Australia that the automaker doesn’t know of any reason to still offer V-8 engines. He cited the stricter fuel economy standards. Rather, Infiniti will depend on four- and six-cylinder engines with turbocharging or hybrid drive systems.

These powertrains have the power output of a V-8 but their fuel consumption is much lower. Presently, there are only three Infiniti vehicles for the U.S. market with eight-cylinder engines. These are the FX50 crossover with the 390-hp 5.0-liter unit, the M56 sedan with the 420-hp 5.6-liter engine, and the QX56 three-row SUV with the 400-hp 5.6-liter engine.

Nissan executive vice president Andy Palmer told Motoring that the stricter corporate average fuel economy requirements and emission standards in the U.S. as well as worldwide would make the development of V8s as part of a new lineup of engines nearly impossible.

Infiniti’s M luxury sedan shows off the potential for downsized engines. The M35h hybrid is equipped with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine and hybrid drivetrain that offer a combined output of 360 hp but the luxury sedan returns 27/32 mpg (city/highway). On the other hand, the 420-hp, V-8-powered M56 has a rating of just 16/25 mpg with rear-wheel drive, and the 330-hp, V-6-powered M37 could only offer 18/26 mpg.

The new Infiniti FX could be considered as the sports car among luxury SUVs, both in terms of performance and looks. Its popularity in Europe has proven to be chiefly responsible for introducing the Infiniti luxury brand to automotive customers in this market.

The distinctive identity of the new Infiniti FX is thanks to the fact that its design is a remarkable amalgamation of a crossover and a sports car. Regarded as responsible for creating a whole new product category, the new Infiniti FX is now seen as Infiniti’s icon in Europe as it conveys the luxury brand’s penchant for the driving pleasure as well as security.

For the 2012 model year, the Infiniti FX continues to impress. For instance, it is laden with several standard improvements as well as available features like power tailgate and Lane Departure Prevention. Also, add the fact that the new Infiniti FX has also earned five stars from Euro NCAP. With all these features and elements, the latest iteration of the Infiniti FX is set to become the most complete and most stunning version so far.

As expected, the latest iteration of the Infiniti FX employs several styling changes, the most apparent of which is on the front end. After taking a look, it’s obvious that the Infiniti FX has adopted the frontal styling of the new Infiniti FX Vettel Version, which in turn features design cues shown first on the 2009 Infiniti Essence concept car. These changes include the grille, revised bumper profile as well as new fog lights with chrome surrounds – all of which boost the SUV’s status as a sporty large crossover on the road.

Topics: infiniti, engine, v8

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