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Infiniti Recalls 60,000 Q50 for Steering Issue

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Infiniti is issuing a recall on their Q50 sedan which is identified as an issue with the steering. Speciically, the car’s adaptive steering system contains a software glitch which impacts the drive by wire system resulting in a lack of steering response which may lead to an accident.

The Q50’s impacted are worldwide and impacts approximately 60,000 vehicles. Infiniti will be notifying it’s customers by early July on the issue. We recommend that customers who own these vehicles to contact their local dealership immediately for further information


Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration Concept

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Infiniti has leaked out images and information about their QX Sport Inspiration Concept before it’s official debut at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show. The QX Sport Concept is a forward looking view of what consumers can expect from the Infiniti brand which is an aggressive design with an undertone of performance and elegance.

According to Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti’s Executive Design Director, “The QX Sport Inspiration expresses power and purpose through what we describe as its ‘proportional clarity,’ with an elegance that is uniquely Infiniti. The exterior design will appeal to an artistic sensibility. It has a more flowing, natural aesthetic than that evident in traditional premium SUVs.”


Meet The All-New Infiniti QX30 Crossover

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Infiniti unveiled the all-new QX30 crossover here in Los Angeles. It is essentially an Infiniti badged Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 powered by the same 2.0L four-cylinder delivering just over 200 horsepower to the front wheels. Design wise, it shares–for better or worse–the same elements from its bigger Murano brother. In fact it looks pretty much just like the concept we saw in New York sans the wheels and a more conservative looking fender.

I think this is a great addition into the Infiniti lineup as small crossovers from all the other manufacturers seem to be doing well based on how many I see on the roads. It certainly fits into their lineup much better than the GLA does for Mercedes-Benz.

We shot a few more angles and have included them in our gallery if you are interested.

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Infiniti QX30 Concept Arrives In New York

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The Infiniti QX30 Concept was unveiled earlier this month at the Geneva Motor Show and like other concept vehicles released lately, it is not too far from production. In fact Infiniti has said they plan to bring out the production version next year and as you can see in the photos there really isn’t much work to bring it to production specs. The body work will of course get toned down a bit but the wavy lines aren’t too aggressive as it is in my opinion. The front end on the concept is a bit busy and will likely be where we will see the most changes when the production version comes out. The over-sized air intakes on the lower front fascia will probably get smaller and be filled in with some sort of fog light.

Under the hood, the concept is packing a 2.0L turbocharged engine coupled with a 7-speed automatic transmission. The engine is supplied by Mercedes-Benz (right out of the B250) so it’ll likely be about 220 horsepower. It rides on a set of 21″ wheels which sit under a set of plastic fender flares on all four corners. If you’re thinking this is similar to something like an Audi Allroad, you couldn’t be more correct. Like the Allroad, the QX30 Concept is essentially a Q30 Concept with a bit more road clearance and wider plastic over-fenders.

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Infiniti Q60 Concept Previews Future Coupe Design

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While it seems like the Q50 Eau Rouge concept that was shown off last year here in Detroit has been axed (if there was ever any plans for it to enter production), Infiniti has something to help us forget about this whole Vettel/RedBull/SuperSedan. Meet the Infiniti Q60 Cocnept. While the Q50 Eau Rouge looked like a production-ready boy racer sedan, the Q60 is very much a concept. The lower front fascia looks very Enzo-esque, and the bulging fenders and skinny side mirrors all look like they were pulled from the concepty cars parts bin.

The light up Infiniti logo on the front grille and the blue/white LED headlights almost give this Q60 concept a lifelike appearance to it. If there ever was going to be an autonomous vehicle from Infiniti, this is it.

Stepping inside, the two-tone black and white interior gives the car a really spacious feeling to it. The large panoramic roof gives the cabin a very airy, almost convertible like vibe. Want to know another thing that is awesome on the inside of this car, even though its still an early concept? No tacked on tablet screen. Two screens are included in the center stack, but neither of them protrude above the dash, kudos to Infiniti!

Under the hood is a twin turbo 3.0L V6, the same engine that was in the Q80 Inspiration Concept we took a look at during the Paris Motor Show. While the Q60 will likely not get the exact variant of the powerplant if it enters production, that hybrid mill was said to be packing 550 horsepower!

If you didn’t think you’d be interested in the Q60, you may have changed your mind now. Definitely looking forward to see what develops here and whether these engines will make their way into the Q50. Perhaps we will see some remnants of the Eau Rouge return in the near future? Good times. Good times indeed.

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Infiniti QX70 S Design, Paris Motor Show

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We’ve previewed the QX70 S Design package a couple of weeks ago, and now we get to see how the Black themed SUV from Infiniti looks in person. It’s an intimidating look, not something you would expect from an Infiniti. Replacing most of the chrome has been replaced with dark chrome, making the SUV a menacing sight in person. I can’t wait to see how it looks at night on the streets.

Click through for a full gallery live from the Paris Motor Show


Infiniti Teases Q80 Inspiration Fastback Concept

infiniti-q80-inspiration-1In just over a week Infiniti will be unveiling the Q80 Inspiration Concept, a four door fast back concept that they say will eventually lead to a new model. If it enters production, Infiniti will join other automakers in a increasingly popular segment currently filled with the likes of the Audi A7, Mercedes-Benz CLS, and Porsche Panamera amongst others.

“After showing Q30 Concept and Q50 Eau Rouge, Infiniti is eager to show the upper range of our portfolio expansion,” said Infiniti Executive Design Director, Alfonso Albaisa. “In Q80 Inspiration, we wanted to capture that unforgettable feeling when you experience something important, something beautiful, something magnetic for the first time.”

As with all concept cars, the Q80 Inspiration Concept lacks side mirrors, has oversized wheels and (overly) aggressive exterior styling. While Infiniti hasn’t released pictures of the interior, they have described the seating as “1+1+1+1” instead of the usual “2+2” seating arrangement. Perhaps we’ll see that each passenger gets their own mini cockpit or “pod”.

I look forward to seeing the Q80 Inspiration up close to see what Infiniti is bringing to what they call the redefined premium fastback segment.


2015 Infiniti Q70 Facelift Adds Long Wheel Base Model

Infiniti’s strategy over the past few years, including their new model nomenclature has always been tied back to the chinese market. Now with the refresh of their flagship sedan, the Q70 (formerly known as the M) they are adding a long wheel base model which Mercedes-Benz and BMW already do in the Chinese market but Infiniti will be offering the Q70L in all markets. Good news if you have a driver and want to relax in the back seat with your legs crossed.

The Q70L adds about 6 inches to the wheelbase most of which is used to extend rear leg room. The overall length of the car has been increased by about 7 inches. Infiniti did not bring a Q70L onto the show floor but showed one on the screen and with the lines on the car, I think it actually looks better than the regular Q70. In addition to the extra legroom, the Q70L adds rear auto-closure, rear heated seats, reading lamps for the rear passengers as well as dedicated 12V power outlets.

The facelifted Q70 adds new headlights and tailights with the usual LED treatments as well as the newer upper and lower grills already found on the Q50 as well as the just refreshed Infiniti QX80 that was also revealed today.

The new 2015 Q70 will be available in September and the Q70L will be available the following month in October. Pricing information will be announced closer to the arrival of the Q70 in showrooms.

Pictures of the 2015 Infiniti Q70 and Q70L


Infiniti Refreshes The QX80, Adds New Limited Trim

A refreshed Infiniti QX80 rolled out today at the New York Auto Show featuring some mild tweaks for the large SUV formerly known as the QX56 before the new Infiniti model naming change. Most of the changes are on the front end with some slightly restyled headlights and an updated grill based on the Q50 front end. The lower grill in the front fascia has been updated as well and the fog light housing has been updated as well. The headlights (both high and low beam), fog lights and turn signals are LED now.

Out back Infiniti has redesigned the rear bumper and made it bigger to help reduce any damage when loading or unloading recreational gear or bulky cargo. For those looking to dress up their QX80, two new wheels have been added to the collection. A set of 20″ wheels and a set of 22″ forged 14-spoke wheels. Also, for 2015 there are will be three new exterior colors to choose from: Hermosa Blue, Graphite Shadow and Majestic White.

Several new technologies have been added for 2015, starting with the Q50’s advanced High Beam Assist and Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW). The High Beam Assist headlight function, which is standard on all models, utilizes a forward camera to read oncoming or upcoming traffic and automatically dips the high beams to the low beam setting. The high beam setting is restored when the traffic is clear.

The Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW) system warns the driver of risks that lie beyond the driver’s field of view. It not only can sense the relative velocity and distance of a vehicle directly ahead, but also of a vehicle travelling in front of the preceding one. Also added are standard 3 Blink one-touch turn signals.

For 2015, the QX80 gets a new Limited Trim which adds even more to a fully loaded QX80. On the inside, if you normally fly in First Class (no, not that Business Class that peasants upgrade to) then you’ll feel at home in this ultra luxurious interior. Every surface is covered in suede or premium leather. Even the speaker grills are wrapped in leather. In case your friend’s don’t realize you’ve purchased the creme-de-la-creme of SUVs, the QX80 Limited also comes with a set of stainless steel lighted sills to remind them.

“The new QX80 Limited occupies a unique place in the luxury SUV market, offering an ultra-luxury interior in a 3-row/7-passenger contemporary platform,” said Infiniti Americas President Michael Bartsch. “Our new Limited answers the demand from QX80 owners for a vehicle that is more sophisticated but not over-the-top – and one that remains at its core pure Infiniti. It’s a combination that should also attract many new ultra-luxury buyers to the Infiniti brand.”

If you’re looking for more power with the refreshed QX80, you’re out of luck. Not even the Limited trim adds any performance enhancements. The same 5.6L V8 powerplant that produces 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque is under the hood providing a 8,500 pound towing capacity. The new QX80 will be for sale in September while QX80 Limited buyers will have to wait until December.

More Pictures of the QX80 and QX80 Limited


Infiniti Unveils New QX60 Hybrid, FKA JX

The first model to sport the new QX model badge from the new Infiniti model naming system is not entirely new. Infiniti is introducing a hybrid powertrain to their JX line, which is now known as the QX60 Hybrid. If you don’t already know, with the new Infiniti naming system the Q badge will be for coupes and sedans and the QX badge will be for crossovers and SUVs. In January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit we were introduced to the Infiniti Q50 (G sedan).

The 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid replaces the standard QX60’s 3.5L V6 with a supercharged 2.5L inline 4-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor. Together the hybrid powertrain pumps out just over 250 horsepower, about 15 horses shy of the 3.5L V6 on the standard model. Those that have driven the (prototype) QX60 say that it feels about the same or slightly peppier than the V6 though. This sentiment is often repeated by those driving hybrid electric vehicles due to the electrical motor’s instantaneous torque right off the line. Fuel economy is improved by about 24%, with the car delivering 9.0L/100km combined city/highway. To put that into perspective, the standard QX60 on the highway uses nearly the same amount on the highway at 8.5L.

Infiniti has not released actual pricing yet, but they are projecting a $3,000 USD premium over the standard QX60.

Photo Gallery of the Infiniti QX60 Hybrid


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