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2019 Infiniti QX50 arrives with new VC-Turbo engine, new platform and Nissan’s ProPilot assist system

Infiniti said it will be unveiling its most advanced and most compelling vehicle so far at the upcoming 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. While the premium carmaker didn’t say that this will be the final production version of its 2019 Infiniti QX50, there has been belief and it is highly likely that this reveal pertains to this particular mid-size sports utility vehicle.

Even before Infiniti reveals the 2019 QX50 – if it would really be the QX50 – the premium carmaker has already leaked a number of details about the next-generation of its mid-size SUV. Most of these details were made known through the Infiniti QX50 Concept that was unveiled at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show earlier this year.

As Infiniti revealed, the new 2019 QX50 will be powered by the VC-Turbo engine, which is the first production-ready variable compassion ratio unit. VC-Turbo technology amazingly combines the power of a high-performance 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine with the torque levels and efficiency of a diesel mill. Already production-ready, the 2.0-liter VC-Turbo engine offers an alternative to diesel mill, as it could adapt its compression ratio to driving conditions; thereby deliver optimized levels of performance and efficiency. Depending on driving conditions, the engine’s compression ratio could be between 8:1 (for high performance) and 14:1 (for high efficiency).

Read the entire article 2019 Infiniti QX50 arrives with new VC-Turbo engine, new platform and Nissan’s ProPilot assist system

Infiniti teases front end of its all-new model before big reveal at the 2017 LA Auto Show

Premium carmaker Infiniti will have a big reveal at the upcoming 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. According to Infiniti, this all-new model will feature a stand-out design as well as best-in-class interior space. Moreover, Infiniti’s all-new model will be laden with a number of world-first technologies.

Infiniti said the new model will be defined by a fresh interpretation of its characteristic Powerful Elegance design language. This design language is marked by flowing sculptural lines as well as by strong muscular proportions. The carmaker said these design cues lend the all-new model a purposeful aura while providing a hint of its dynamic capabilities.

While Infiniti didn’t actually disclose the identity of this new model, it has released a teaser image showing some portions of the front end, in particular the front grille and the headlamps. It is expected that this new feature will soon be revealed at the 2017 LA Auto Show in the next generation of the Infiniti QX50 sports utility vehicle. After all, the grille design of the all-new model is similar to that of the QX50 Concept SUV revealed at the 2017 North American International Auto Show (Detroit Auto Show) in January.

Read the entire article Infiniti teases front end of its all-new model before big reveal at the 2017 LA Auto Show

Infiniti will reveal new flagship sedan concept in Detroit

As the 2018 Detroit Auto Show is fast approaching, we expect to see an exciting array of concept cars and production vehicles from various brands. One of these automakers would be Infiniti and according to reports, the Japanese automaker will be bringing in a performance EV concept once the doors open to the Cobo Center in January. Apart from that, we are also expecting a second flagship sedan that will join the concept.

Alfonso Albaisa, who is the head of design for Infiniti, mentioned in his interview with Car and Driver, that the new and improved QX80 will have a very high level of luxury. The new QX80 will have an active suspension; it also reportedly will use open-pore wood.

Of course, it will also have a ton of luxurious features, befitting of a flagship SUV. Though he didn’t only talk about SUVs in his interview. He also mentioned that Infiniti will be having a brand-new flagship sedan concept at the Detroit Auto Show in January. It will act as a preview of the future production version on a flagship four-door that we will see in the lineup in a couple of years or so.

Read the entire article Infiniti will reveal new flagship sedan concept in Detroit

2018 Infiniti QX80 priced from $64,750

Infiniti has finally unwrapped the 2018 QX80 SUV at the  2017 Dubai Auto Show and announced that it will bring it at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. While not entirely a new model, the QX80 just got bolder, better and more spacious after having gone through a well-deserved facelift.

With a starting price of $64,750, the 2WD base model is packed with the same 400hp (298kW) 5.6-liter V8 engine but is offered with a fresh new look. For starters, the latest improvements could be seen at the vehicle’s lower fascia, headlights and front grille.

Infiniti’s QX80 AWD, which has a steeper price tag of $67,850, comes packed with more features such as three different driving modes (Auto/ 4H/ 4L) and a computer control module. A choice between a seven seat and an eight-seat configuration will also be added as an option.

Read the entire article 2018 Infiniti QX80 priced from $64,750

After several teasers, we have finally seen Infiniti’s newest creation. Infiniti built the Q60 Red Alpha Concept with the main intention for it to go fast. That is why it has a gutted interior and a huge drag racing parachute attached at the back.

However, during the 2017 SEMA Show, Infiniti announced that there will be a whole range of performance parts specifically for the Red Sport 400 versions of the Infiniti Q50 and Q60.

Thanks to AMS Performance, they developed a number of upgrades for the Red Alpha concept car. Customers can get their hands on most of these starting early next year at Infiniti showrooms.

Read the entire article Infiniti Q60 Red Alpha Concept shows us a new range of accessories

There is both good and bad news for fans of the Infiniti QX80 sports utility vehicle. Bad news is that this luxury SUV remains at its current second generation even after eight years in the market. Good news is that for the 2018 model year, the Infiniti QX80 is getting a major refresh. Infiniti has just unveiled the latest iteration of the Infiniti QX80 SUV at the 2017 Dubai International Motor Show.

Thankfully, what Infiniti implemented in the latest iteration of its premium full-size SUV is more than just a refresh as it’s a major update that involves exterior styling. According to the premium carmaker, the 2018 Infiniti QX80 is taking the brand’s ‘Powerful Elegance’ design language in a bold new direction, thereby creating a dynamic, modern and commanding exterior appearance. Overall, the new Infiniti QX80 now comes with bigger and bolder looks.

To this extent, the styling changes made on the new Infiniti QX80 are very much noticeable up front. For instance, the front end of the new 2018 Infiniti QX80 is now dominated by a larger grille, covering more space on the façade of the SUV. Compared to the headlamps of the outgoing QX80, the ones on the 2018 iteration have been raised to be more in line with the top end of the massive grille.

Read the entire article Infiniti updates styling of its 2018 QX80 SUV for a bolder appearance

We are expecting to see American brands like Chevrolet and Ford at the upcoming 2018 Detroit Auto Show, but Japanese automaker Infiniti plans to reveal something of their own. Reports suggest that this will be an electric performance model that is similar to the hybrid Emerg-E Concept from back in 2012.

Alfonsa Albaisa, design boss of Infiniti, said in his statement that the electric vehicle will not be a variation of the company's current models, and it also will not share the same platform with an already existing vehicle like the Nissan Leaf, according to Autocar. Just like VW and Mercedes, Infiniti will be developing its own pure electric lineup, where future EVs will ride on their own platform.

It is too early to determine whether the EV will be a pure performance model, or something more mainstream like an SUV or a sporty sedan. What we will be seeing in Detroit is an EV that will borrow some of its technology from the Prototype 9, which we have seen earlier in Pebble Beach at the Quail. Albaisa explained that it will be part of the Prototype 9 in a different context.

Read the entire article Infiniti is planning to unveil their performance EV at 2018 Detroit Auto Show

The Infiniti QX50 compact crossover has been in the market since 2014, and has not been given a facelift since then. After being in the market for almost four years, the SUV will be needing some updates to keep up with its competitors, though the company did say that the update will come in 2019, and that they will completely skip the 2018 model year.

This statement was confirmed by Infiniti on Tuesday when they said that they are not considering a 2018 model year QX50, but will focus on a better version of the vehicle for the 2019 model year, says Motor Authority. Engineers and designers will make sure that the new SUV will resemble the QX50 Concept we saw earlier this year at Detroit.

Right now, you are probably wondering what to expect from the 2019 model year. Well, sources say that it will come powered by Infiniti’s new Variable Compression-Turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine that they refer to as VC-Turbo - this was first previewed last August. For improved performance and fuel economy, the technology changes the cylinder compression ratio. As for performance, the first production unit is unfortunately less powerful than the 3.7-liter V6 found on the outgoing QX50 with 325 horsepower (242 kilowatts). That being said, it has 268 horsepower (200 kilowatts) and 288 pound-feet (390 Newton-metres) of torque.

Read the entire article Infiniti halts production of QX60 hybrid, skips 2018 QX50 for new 2019 model

Recently, we have been hearing news that some of the biggest automakers will not make an appearance at the upcoming 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Despite being one of the biggest motor shows, they seem to not be getting majority of the best brands - for this year’s event at least.

Normally, we would expect most brands to showcase their new cars here. But according to Automotive News Europe, companies like DS, Infiniti, Peugeot, Jeep, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Mitsubishi, Volvo, and Nissan will not be attending the grand event this year. And these brands take up about 20 percent of total sales in Europe.

You must be wondering why then? Firstly, taking part in the biggest shows means spending more too. And the Frankfurt event is probably one of the most expensive events for automakers to attend. Furthermore, spending a lot of money to put your cars on display in these events doesn’t necessarily translate to more sales. So sometimes, these companies lose more money than they expect to earn.

Read the entire article 9 major automakers will not attend 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

Infiniti revealed its retro Prototype 9 race car before its slated debut at 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance next week. In a recent press release, the company not only disclosed further details about the history of its prototype vintage racing machine, but also released more photos of the new concept car prior to the upcoming event.

While the brand only came into existence in the late nineteen eighties, Alfonso Albaisa, Senior VP for Global Design at Nissan’s luxury division found inspiration from the vintage race cars of the 1930s and combined the brand’s past and current design language into the Prototype 9.

Creating the Japanese Grand Prix inspiration into a real concept actually involves several designers and engineers out to prove their expertise both in car design and manufacturing highly advanced powertrains. What began as a “simple thought” gave way to an undertaking no one else had ever quite expected. The team consists of Nissan’s Autech division, the designers from Japan’s Atsugio studio and the heads of the factory in Oppama with each one of them volunteering their own time for the project.

Read the entire article Infiniti Prototype 9 stirs excitement ahead of 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

Infiniti has just given the 2018 Q50 an upgrade - making it look fresher with a modern twist inside and out. The company had also given the sedan their ProPilot autonomous driving technology. With all the upgrades, we should not be surprised that the 2018 Infiniti Q50 gets a price hike too - now starting at $34,200 excluding the $905 destination and handling fee.

Under the hood of the updated model is the same engine you will find from the 2017 model. The entry level 2.0t Pure still gets a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine that generates 208 horsepower (155 kilowatts). The 2018 model costs $250 higher than the previous generation. Customers can go for an all-wheel drive option for an additional $2,000.

What comes after the base model would be the Q50 2.0t Luxe, previously known as the Premium trim. It still gets the same 2.0 liter turbocharged engine, but is pricier at $36,550, or $38,550 for the all-wheel drive option. The AWD Luxe is the most expensive 2.0 liter variant that one could get. Next in line is the beefier Q50 3.0t Luxe, with a 3.0 liter turbocharged engine generating 300 horsepower (223 kilowatts). The most affordable variant with this engine starts at $38,950, and you can get it in all-wheel-drive for $40,950.

Read the entire article Facelifted 2018 Infiniti Q50 costs slightly higher, with base price of $34,200

INFINITI has presented the design of the QX80 Monograph. This is a design study that hopes to look into upscale luxury. It also showcases the plan of INFINITI to raise its position in the full-size luxury SUV class. The brand disclosed that the QX80 Monograph will be officially unveiled at the 2017 New York Auto Show.

This latest model utilizes the most current design language of the brand but does it in an artistic and sculptural manner. What the design does is use organic shapes and combine this with geometric forms. The result in a form that shows elegance and power, giving it a more sophisticated and commanding presence.

The trademarked design elements the brand is known for are still present like the double-arch grille. However for the QX80 Monograph, the grille has been made wide and taller giving it a new and powerful face. Present as well is the D-pillar and its crescent-cut though it comes in a new shape.

Read the entire article Infiniti unveils the QX80 Monograph at the 2017 New York Auto Show

The Frankfurt Motor Show is considered as one of the major auto shows, not just in Europe, but also in the world. Despite being one of the biggest events in the auto industry, the Frankfurt Motor Show will be missing at least nine major auto brands when it opens its latest edition in September 2017.

All German brands – volume or premium marques – are expected to be on full force on what is considered as one of the major shows in their home country. Sadly, though, two of PSA Group’s brands won’t take part in the 2017 edition of the show. While PSA Group has just reached an agreement to acquire German brand Opel – and its twin Vauxhall marque -- from General Motors, it has decided not to field any vehicles from its Peugeot and DS brands. However, PSA Group’s Citroen brand will be going to Frankfurt in September, since the marque is supporting a product launch, according to a spokesman from the French manufacturer.

Also skipping the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show are three brands from Italian-American carmaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Italian brands Fiat and Alfa Romeo as well as American brand Jeep won’t show their wares at Frankfurt this year.

Read the entire article Fiat, PSA, Infiniti and Nissan will skip the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

Karim Habib, former Head Designer of BMW, replaces Alfonso Albaisa as Head of Infiniti Design, effective July 1. As Albaisa has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Global Design for Nissan.

The 47-year-old Habib, who went to the Art Centre College for Design in Switzerland, has been an automotive designer for almost 2 decades. He began his career with BMW, and spent a few years working for Mercedes, and back to BMW, before deciding to join Infiniti. Some of his works while at BMW are: the 7 Series, the X2 concept, the 3.0 Hommage concept, and his most recent one, the 4 Series (launched in January).

Albaisa seems quite ecstatic that the Canadian designer will be joining the Infiniti team as he could be an influence for the next generation. [Albaisa] even said in an interview that Habib was “skilled at capturing the heart and passion of the brand” while giving each model its unique characteristics. He is good at creating “modern and inspiring designs”.

Read the entire article Former BMW head designer Karim Habib moves to Infiniti

As expected, a number of major carmakers are on full force in unveiling their new concept vehicles at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show. Of course, these concepts are just show cars aimed at telling the public that the auto companies are cooking something good and interesting.

Usually, concepts preview upcoming models. Sometimes, they are just design or technology studies. At times, concepts are used to gauge the interest of a public on a certain model.

Whatever carmakers intend for their concepts, these show cars are usually a sight to behold. Here are five concepts that we think are noteworthy of mentioning.

Read the entire article Top 5 concept cars seen at 2017 Geneva Motor Show

Infiniti has enhanced the Q50 premium sports saloon, which makes its global debut at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show. With refreshed styling and holistic performance technologies, Infiniti Q50 was designed to empower and support drivers on the road.

Taking a fairly conservative approach to a mid-cycle refresh, Infiniti revised Q50 supercar’s lower air intakes with new driving lamps and enhanced grille with deeper detailing to the mesh pattern. New LED headlights are incorporated for a better visibility while slimmer LED tail lamps derived from the Q60 are in effect out back.

To spice things up, new model grades offer Infiniti customers a choice of two exterior designs. According to Francois Bancon, Infiniti Vice President for Global Product Strategy, each model grades offer a distinctive look and character. In particular, Red Sport 400 lets drivers express themselves with a more assertive design conveying the car’s performance potential.

Read the entire article 2017 Infiniti Q50 gets refreshed style, new self-driving technologies

A new premium performance model could be coming for Infiniti if a partnership with Renault’s Formula One team becomes a definite success. Yes, Infiniti and the RenaultSport Formula One Team have entered into a collaborative venture – Project Black S -- to create a hybrid performance model derived from the Infiniti Q60.

This collaboration between Infiniti and the RenaultSport Formula One Team will be represented by the Project Black S concept car. So far, the venture between these high-end auto personalities has taken the shape of the Project Black S concept car – featuring Formula One-inspired technology -- that will be unveiled to the global public during a special event a night before 2017 Geneva Motor Show formally starts.

According to Infiniti, the Project Black S is a radical reinterpretation of the Q60 coupe with a prominent aerodynamic design. As it is, the Project Black S provides a preview on how a hybrid powertrain derived from motorsport – not less than Formula One -- could superbly improve the overall performance of a production car from Infiniti. This performance hybrid powertrain on the Project Black S makes use of the so-called ‘energy recovery system’ (ERS) that is found in RenaultSport’s F1 car. This ERS – not yet employed by any production road car -- is designed to harvest or recover energy in the form of electric power and deploy it to significantly boost the powertrain’s output and torque. Hence, a car with ERS is able to accelerate without any lag.

Read the entire article Infiniti and RenaultSport Formula One Team collaborate in Q60 Project Black S

Expect the latest safety and assistance features with a new set of shiny shoes to match! As the 2017 Chicago Auto Show opens this weekend, Infiniti steps out with two new special bundles for its luxury crossover and sedan models. To stay on the game, Nissan’s luxury division has loaded the Infiniti QX80 and Q50 Signature Editions with more options at a special price.

The 2017 Infiniti Q50 Signature Edition is exclusively offered on the 300hp 3.0 liter V6 variant. The package includes a new set of 17-inch alloy wheels among other exclusive interior amenities. Inside, the new Q50 Signature edition already comes with a tinted moon roof and a new Navigation system equipped with voice recognition that you can also use when changing gears.

For the rear wheel drive sedan, pricing for the Signature Edition package starts at $39,605 after $905 destination charges. The all-wheel drive on the other hand is priced at $41,605.

Read the entire article 2017 Infiniti QX80 and Q50 Signature Editions now in Chicago

Earlier reports revealed that Infiniti was at the point of considering an electric car for the future. Prior to this, the company has in fact unveiled two concepts already--- the Infiniti LE in 2012 and the Emerg-e sports coupe in 2014.

With the increasing demand for electric vehicles, Infiniti has finally confirmed that it is now working on a high performance production EV. As a matter of fact, Nissan’s luxury division is planning to launch an electric powered sports car in 2020.

As reported by Autocar recently, the company would be using an entirely new platform aside from the one it already has. Even if that’s the case, Infiniti said that it would be using the battery technology that Nissan already uses.

Read the entire article Confirmed: Infiniti gets ready for 2020 with a new electric sports car

After showing us the QX Sport Inspiration, Infiniti will be showcasing the QX50 Concept crossover this 2017. The upcoming 2017 Detroit Auto Show slated this January will give us a good view of Infiniti’s next crossover model. Even if it’s still a concept, the QX50 is more feasible for production as compared with the previously launched QX Sport Inspiration they brought over at Beijing and Paris auto show last year.

As for the new new Infiniti QX50 Concept, the latest luxury crossover is more stylish than the QX50 currently in the market. This can be seen on the newly enhanced double arch mesh grille design in chrome finish as well as the crossover’s intersecting lines and creases. The roofline meanwhile goes all the way to the rear with an angled rear window that provides better aerodynamics and styling.

Another interesting element on the new crossover concept is the cabin-forward stance that gives the QX50 a more commanding presence on the road. It also has a pair of metal skid plates on both sides for an off-road appeal.

Read the entire article 2018 Infiniti QX50 Concept will debut at NAIAS 2017
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