Infiniti’s lineup for the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show is nothing short of incredible!

Article by Christian A., on November 15, 2016

A few more days to go and the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show will be opened for the public with quite a number of car manufacturers confirming their attendance. As a matter of fact, a number of carmakers have already presented a preview or have disclosed their lineup for the LA Auto Show. One of these carmakers is premium carmaker Infiniti. Nissan’s luxury division said its lineup for the LA Auto Show would include the Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration Concept, its new advanced variable compression VC-Turbo engine, the Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition and the 2017 Infiniti Q60 3.0t Sport.

Infiniti first unveiled the QX Sport Inspiration concept at Beijing Auto Show in late April and early May. This SUV concept provides a preview of how future mid-size crossovers from Infiniti might look like – such as the next iteration of QX70. As unveiled in Beijing, the QX Sport Inspiration concept shows an SUV would appear once Infiniti's contemporary design language is applied. It features a sharper front end, muscular and taut profile lines as well as a flowing roofline. For the LA Auto Show, Infiniti wrapped the QX Sport Inspiration concept in a special shade of matte grey. It rides on a set of larger 22-inch bronze wheels that come with matching brake calipers.

Meanwhile, Infiniti’s new VC-Turbo (Variable Compression Turbo) engine – first unveiled at the 2016 Paris Motor Show – is regarded as the world’s first production-ready variable compression ratio engine. VC-Turbo basically combines the output of a 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine and the torque and efficiency of an advanced diesel powertrain but sans the usual emission levels. VC-Turbo could provide as much power as a six-cylinder gasoline engine -- with target output of around 200 kW (268 hp / 272 PS) and target torque of 390 Nm – while consuming much less fuel. It is also much lighter and more compact than V6 units with comparable outputs.

VC-Turbo could be considered as significant technology for the internal combustion engine, changing the game with innovations such as turbocharging, fuel injection, liquid-cooling and catalytic convertors. Employing an advanced multi-link system to seamlessly hike or reduce the reach of the pistons, VC-Turbo could detect the car’s current driving condition and driver inputs, and then select the most suitable compression ratio, from 8:1 (for high performance) to 14:1 (for high efficiency).

On the other hand, the new Infiniti Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition is based on the Red Sport 400 model of the new 2017 Infiniti Q60 coupe. Wrapped in gold-like Solar Mica exterior color, the new Infiniti Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition sports genuine carbon fiber accents on its fog-light finishers, fender vents, rear spoiler and mirror caps. It features a cabin with Silver Optic Fiber Interior Trim and Gallery White leather-appointed sports seats.

Powered by a 3.0 liter-twin-turbocharged V6 engine delivering 400 hp of output, the new Nieman Marcus Limited Edition Q60 is equipped with Direct Adaptive Steering and Dynamic Digital Suspension and is fitted with a Bose Performance Series premium audio system and the Infiniti InTouch infotainment system. The premium carmaker is only offering 50 units of the Infiniti Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition.

Created for the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book, each unit of the new Infiniti Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition comes with a price of $63,000. Each unit includes a plaque with the car's VIN number, Neiman Marcus-branded indoor car cover, letter of authenticity and an exclusive ivory leather weekender bag.

Lastly, 2017 Infiniti Q60 3.0t Sport represents a significant upgrade over its predecessor. It is now available with three new turbocharged engines for various spec levels. It is powered by a new 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that could provide 300 hp of output and 295 lb-ft of torque. It also features a number of components from the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400.

Press Release

Nov 14, 2016 INFINITI QX Sport Inspiration, Q60 3.0t Sport and future VC-Turbo engine technology make North American debuts at Los Angeles Auto Show

INFINITI will debut two vehicles and an industry first engine technology for the first time in North America today at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, which runs Nov. 18 through the 27 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Additionally, the INFINITI Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition will be on display at the INFINITI stand.

"In a city known for its appreciation for great automotive design and environmental sustainability, INFINITI is delighted show the new design direction for our future SUVs, as well as the world's first variable compression ratio engine, for the first time in North America," said Roland Krueger, president of INFINITI Motor Company. "We are undergoing a major product offensive based on our strengths in design and innovation, and, as such, are poised to have another record year."

Revealed for the first time at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show, the INFINITI QX Sport Inspiration is an elegant and powerful expression of progressive SUV design, and it explores the company's vision for a next-generation, premium mid-size SUV.

INFINITI's progressive outlook is evident in the QX Sport Inspiration's elegant yet powerfully proportioned exterior, with upgrades that include a matte grey exterior color and larger, 22-inch wheels in a striking bronze color with matching brake calipers.

Flowing lines and advanced craftsmanship characterize the spacious and beautifully appointed interior, which gains kick plate lighting at the base of every door. The interior's color palette – predominantly black and white with flashes of the hide's natural tan color – is enhanced with sections added in brown leather.

VC-Turbo: The first production-ready variable compression engine

More on the VC-Turbo Engine

Transforming on demand, INFINITI's VC-Turbo technology uses an advanced multi-link system to seamlessly raise or lower the reach of the pistons, detecting the car's driving condition and driver inputs, and instantly selecting the most suitable compression ratio. The engine is able to offer any compression ratio between 8:1 (for high performance) and 14:1 (for high efficiency).

In production form, the VC-Turbo engine is expected to have a power output of approximately 268 horsepower and 288 lb-ft torque, comparable to certain six-cylinder gasoline powertrains for performance while significantly outperforming them in efficiency.

The four-cylinder VC-Turbo engine achieves lower levels of noise and vibration than conventional internal combustion engines, particularly diesel, and it is lighter and more compact than V6 units with comparable power outputs.

INFINITI's VC-Turbo technology marks a significant leap forward for the internal combustion engine, joining other renowned powertrain innovations such as liquid cooling, fuel injection, catalytic convertors and turbocharging. The arrival of the variable compression ratio engine will establish new benchmarks – for power, efficiency and emissions – against which future powertrains will be measured.

2017 INFINITI Q60 3.0t Sport
For 2017, the Q60 is completely redesigned, benefiting from the very best of INFINITI styling, performance and technology. The Q60 reclaims its title as the brand's halo car and is the third chapter in a lineage of iconic INFINITI sport coupes, starting with the 2003 G35.

The comprehensive update for 2017 includes a trio of all-new advanced turbocharged engines to expand market coverage, next-generation ride and handling technologies, and the very latest INFINITI infotainment and Safety Shield driver assistance systems.

Designated by the silver "S" model badge, the new Q60 3.0t Sport is the latest addition to the 2017 Q60 portfolio and is equipped with the new VR-series 3.0 liter V6 twin turbo engine featuring 300 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Offering select content from the Q60 Red Sport 400 flagship, the Q60 3.0t Sport includes sport brakes with silver-painted calipers, sport-tuned Dynamic Digital Suspension, carbon fiber interior trim, semi-aniline leather-appointed sport seats, paddle shifters and aluminum-accented pedals. Dual occupant memory system for driver's seat, power tilt and telescope steering column, auto dimming outside mirrors and interior ambient lighting are also standard.

INFINITI Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition

Neiman Marcus recently announced the inclusion of the INFINITI Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition in the luxury retailer's annual Christmas Book. Named this year's Fantasy Gift, the Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition can be found on page 128 of the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. The whole package retails for $63,000 and includes an exclusive Gallery White leather weekender bag, a plaque with the car's VIN number, Neiman Marcus-branded indoor car cover and letter of authenticity. Additionally, with the purchase of each INFINITI Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition, INFINITI will donate $1,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation.

Based on the Red Sport 400 version of the all-new 2017 INFINITI Q60, this 400-horsepower coupe is equipped with a 3.0 liter-twin-turbocharged V6 engine and is painted a striking Solar Mica hue. The Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Q60 offers Direct Adaptive Steering™, Dynamic Digital Suspension, Bose® Performance Series premium audio system and INFINITI InTouch™ infotainment system. This special edition Q60 also features genuine carbon fiber accents on the fender vents, fog-light finishers, mirror caps and rear spoiler.The interior is equipped with Gallery White semi-aniline leather-appointed sports seats and Silver Optic Fiber Interior Trim.

"INFINITI has a longstanding tradition of design prowess and engineering excellence, and at our core, we stand for empowering the drive of our products," said Randy Parker, vice president, INFINITI Americas. "The QX Sport Inspiration, VC-Turbo engine, Q60 3.0t Sport and the stunning Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition embody the brand's promise to deliver innovative and forward-thinking products and experiences for our customers."

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