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2019 Infiniti QX50 Fires Warning Shot At Premium Compact SUV Segment 29
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Galleries, Infiniti, Infiniti QX50, LA Auto Show, new cars on 11 29th, 2017

Infiniti brought their 2019 QX50 to the LA Auto Show in order to showcase its dynamic lines and stylish interior, hoping it can go on to challenge the likes of the Mercedes GLC or the new BMW X3.

The new QX50 is built on an all-new platform, featuring a FWD-based layout, meant to make it one of the most refined, sporty and spacious crossovers in its segment.

“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,” said Infiniti’s global VP, Christian Meunier.

Carrying such a heavy torch requires a strong power unit, which is why the Japanese automaker fitted the all-new QX50 with the world’s first production-ready variable compression ratio engine, combining the power of a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol unit with the torque and fuel efficiency of a four-cylinder diesel – at least that’s how Infiniti sees it.

While no straight line performance figures have been released, we do know the engine puts down 268 HP (272 PS) and 280 lb-ft (380 Nm) of torque, with the help of an XTRONIC CVT.

As standard, buyers can purchase the QX50 with front wheel drive, as the AWD system costs extra.


2019 Infiniti QX50 Bows In LA With World’s First Production Variable Compression Engine 29
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Galleries, Infiniti, Infiniti QX50, Infiniti Videos, LA Auto Show, new cars, video on 11 29th, 2017

Following a preview earlier this month, Infiniti has unveiled the 2019 QX50.

Previewed by the QX Sport Inspiration concept, the production model has a “Powerful Elegance” design that has been created to give the crossover a commanding presence. As part of this mission, the model has been equipped with a bold front fascia that features a double-arch grille and slender LED headlights.

The dynamic styling is evident elsewhere as designers installed a clamshell hood, strong character lines, and tasteful amounts of plastic body cladding. A closer inspection reveals a chromed dual exhaust system, LED taillights, and 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels.

Infiniti interiors have always been a bit of a mixed bag but the cabin in the QX50 makes an impressive first appearance. A variety of different types of leather will be available and they can be mated with wood or aluminum trim.

Another notable interior feature is the new InTouch infotainment system which consists of a main 8-inch touchscreen display and a second 7-inch touchscreen which is used to control the climate and entertainment functions. Other highlights include an available heads-up display and a cargo compartment that can hold up to 64.4 cubic feet (1823 liters) of luggage when the rear seats are folded down.

Power is provided by an all-new 2.0-liter VC-Turbo engine which produces 268 hp (200 kW) and 280 lb-ft (380 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an XTRONIC continuously variable transmission which has been designed to replicate a traditional eight-speed automatic gearbox. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive will be optional.

While this is normally where we would stop talking about the engine, the 2.0-liter VC-Turbo is truly unique as it is the world’s first production engine with a variable compression ratio. The ratio ranges from 8:1 to 14:1 and it enables the model to offer high-performance as well as impressive fuel-efficiency. Speaking of the latter, the QX50 will have a combined fuel economy rating of 27 mpg with front-wheel drive and 26 mpg combined with all-wheel drive.

Since Infiniti is a luxury brand, it should come as little surprise the QX50 can be equipped with an impressive assortment of driver assistance features. These include Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Warning and Intervention, Back-up Collision Intervention, and Forward Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection.

One of the more notable features is the ProPILOT Assist function which is a semi-autonomous driving system that allows the car to take over “single-lane driving operation at the push of a button, without the driver’s input on acceleration, braking, or steering.”


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2019 Infiniti QX50 Uncovered Before LA Premiere 24
Posted by Brad Anderson in featured, Infiniti, Infiniti QX50, LA Auto Show, new cars, Reports, SUV on 11 24th, 2017

The first official image of the 2019 Infiniti QX50 mid-size SUV has been published before the vehicle’s launch at the LA Auto Show.

In designing the QX50, Infiniti has kept the styling eerily similar to the QX50 Concept from earlier this year. In fact, the only significant differences on the front fascia are unique headlights, fewer chrome accents and a set of small faux air intakes under the headlights.

Like the concept, the side of Infiniti’s new QX50 features black wheel arch trim, chrome accents around the side windows and a pair of seductive lines running horizontally along the doors.

Beneath the sleek bodywork of the QX50 sits a new front-wheel drive platform that’s 23 per cent more rigid than the old model.

The headline of the new Infiniti QX50 isn’t the platform, however. Instead, what really sets the SUV apart from any other production vehicle is the VC-Turbo four-cylinder, featuring a continuously adjusting compression ratio between 8:1 for maximum performance and 14:1 for increased efficiency. At full chat, the engine delivers 268 hp and 380 Nm of torque. When mated to a CVT transmission, front-wheel drive variants will hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.7 seconds. All-wheel drive models will slash that time to 6.3 seconds.

Like many other new models from Nissan, the Infiniti QX50 includes the company’s ProPILOT semi-autonomous driving technology, capable of controlling steering, acceleration, and braking on single-lane highways.

Stay tuned to Carscoops in the coming days as more photos and details about the QX50 are released.


First Teaser of 2019 Infiniti QX50 Reveals Fresh Design Ques 21
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Infiniti, Infiniti QX50, LA Auto Show, Reports on 11 21st, 2017

Infiniti is gearing up for the big debut of the all-new 2019 QX50 at the LA Auto Show, dropping at the same time the first teaser image ahead of the November 28 reveal event.

The released picture shows a front end with similar design cues of the recently revealed 2018 QX80 but the new QX50 is expected to feature a more sculptural and dynamic shape.

The biggest news however are expected to come from under the bonnet as the new QX50 is reportedly going to become Infiniti’s first model to use their new petrol engine with variable compression technology.

The engine itself will be a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged unit with 268hp and 288lb-ft (390Nm) of torque and will feature an electrically controlled actuator and a unique “elliptic device” called a multilink, enabling it to adjust its compression ratio from 8:1 to 14:1.

Infiniti expects the new QX50 to be 27 percent more fuel efficient with the new engine, compared to the outgoing 325hp 3.7-liter V6-equipped model. A CVT is expected to be the only transmission option.

“As with all INFINITIs, we have been inspired by our desire to drive, expressed with power and artistry,” said Alfonso Albaisa, Senior Vice President of Nissan’s Global Design. “With this all-new model, inspiration comes from striking the perfect balance between lust and logic. At a glance, seamless and sculptural, getting closer to the car reveals an ingenious blend of proportion and space.”

Stay tuned for more on the all-new Infiniti QX50 in the next few days.


Infiniti’s Variable Compression Engine Produces 268 HP, Debuts In the 2019 QX50 16
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Infiniti, Infiniti QX50, Reports on 11 16th, 2017

Infiniti is gearing up to introduce the 2019 QX50 at the Los Angeles Auto Show and the company recently invited a handful of journalists to try out the model’s new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with variable compression technology.

Automotive News was one of the companies that attended the event and they are reporting the new engine produces 268 hp (200 kW) and 288 lb-ft (390 Nm) of torque. This will reportedly enable the QX50 to accelerate from 0-60 mph faster than any of its four-cylinder competitors.

While the performance is impressive, the technology and design of the engine is what really sets it apart. As the publication explains, the engine is equipped with an electrically controlled actuator and a unique “elliptic device” called a multilink. These two components, along with some clever engineering, allow the engine to adjust its compression ratio from 8:1 to 14:1.

Thanks to variable compression technology, the engine manages to be both powerful and fuel-efficient. Infiniti hasn’t released detailed fuel economy figures but Nissan’s chief powertrain engineer, Shinichi Kiga, said the new QX50 will have a combined fuel economy rating that is 27 percent higher than the outing model which has a 3.7-liter V6 engine that develops 325 hp (242 kW) and 267 lb-ft (361 Nm) of torque.

The engine will be connected exclusively to a continuously variable transmission and it should allow the model to return around 26 mpg combined. Automotive News says the engine offered outstanding performance and refinement during test drives but noted the engine requires premium fuel.

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Infiniti Fears QX30 Driver’s Airbag May Inadvertadly Deploy, Issues Recall 15
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Infiniti, Infiniti QX30, NHTSA, Recalls, Reports on 11 15th, 2017

Infiniti announced a recall involving certain units of the QX30 because the driver’s airbag could deploy randomly. Although no incidents related to the subject have been reported, the issue could cause injury to the driver and increase the risk of a crash.

“The combination of an electrostatic discharge to a broken steering column module clock spring, and an insufficient grounding to the steering column, might lead to an inadvertent deployment of the airbag“, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wrote in the description of the defect.

The recall affects 17,507 units of the 2017-2018 MY QX30 manufactured from August 10, 2015, to June 16, 2017. Owners of these vehicles will be contacted by Nissan starting with December 18. Subsequent to scheduling an appointment with authorized dealers, technicians will add a commutator ring to the steering column to assure proper grounding and fix the problem, free of charge.

The latest Infiniti recall follows a similar action taken by Mercedes-Benz last month, over an identical problem. The German car manufacturer recalled almost 500,000 vehicles, from the CLA to the E-Class, including certain AMG models and the GLA, which shares its platform and most mechanical parts with the QX30.


Infiniti Design Boss Hints At A Flagship Sedan Concept For Detroit 15
Posted by Michael Gauthier in concepts, Detroit-Auto-Show, Infiniti, Infiniti Concepts, Reports on 11 15th, 2017

Infiniti has largely abandoned flagships sedan since the Q45 was phased out in 2006. The company still offers the Q70L but that’s more of a competitor to the Cadillac CT6 than proper flagships from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes.

The company has flirted with the idea of a new flagship in the past and the automaker introduced the stylish Q80 Inspiration concept at the Paris Motor Show in 2014. While three years have passed since that concept was unveiled, Infiniti’s head of design, Alfonso Albaisa, suggested the company could have a surprise for 2018 North American International Auto Show.

Speaking to Car&Driver, Albaisa said “In Detroit, we will show something about that subject [flagship sedans] which is super nice.” The designer went on to suggest the car will be a “sexy” sedan that has a “new proportion because of new technologies.”

That’s not much to go on but it sure sounds like Infiniti is preparing to introduce a new concept that could preview a flagship sedan. Albaisa’s mention of technology is also interesting as it could be a subtle hint that the vehicle might adopt an alternative powertrain such as electricity. This matches up with previous rumors which suggested Infiniti would introduce an electric concept in Detroit with plans for a production model in 2019.

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Infiniti Details 2018 QX80 Full-Size SUV, Priced From $64,750 14
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Dubai Motor Show, Galleries, Infiniti, Infiniti QX80, Middle East, new cars, prices on 11 14th, 2017

Infiniti’s redesigned QX80 has finally been unveiled at the 2017 Dubai Motor Show, boasting a high-quality cabin, advanced drive-assist technologies and a 400HP 5.6-liter V8.

The QX80 will begin production at the automaker’s Kyushu factory in Japan, and is expected to go on sale in select Infiniti markets across North America, Asia, Western Europe and the Middle East at the end of this year.

“The new Infiniti QX80 has been designed and engineered to allow customers to travel everywhere in luxury. Our flagship SUV features a high-quality, hand-crafted interior, creating a driver-centric, passenger-minded space for inclusive, modern luxury travel,” said company VP, Christian Meunier.

Measuring 210.2 inches (5,339 mm) in length, 75.8 inches (1,925 mm) tall with roof rails and 79.9 inches (2,029 mm) wide, the new QX80 should offer a commanding road-presence, not to mention enough space to seat either 7 or 8 passengers.

Visually, the SUV now appears longer, with a more purposeful front end, featuring functional fenders that maximize air delivery to the engine. The headlights were designed to wrap around the corners of the hood and into the fenders, allowing for a straight shoulder line design that runs from the grille all the way to the rear of the car.

Speaking of the rear, it features sharper and thinner lights and a raised lower bumper section, helping the car appear wider, taller and “more athletic” than its predecessor.

“Infiniti’s design DNA has been scaled up for our largest SUV. The 2018 QX80 combines its commanding new 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 unrivaled on-road premium tonality,” said Alfonso Albaisa, senior VP of global design.

Step inside the 2018 QX80 and you might agree that it’s one of the most “luxurious, highest-quality passenger compartments created by Infiniti to date,” – or at least that’s how the automaker views it.

The interior is finished in a range of rich new materials, as quilted leather has been used on not just the seats, but also the door panels and armrests. As for the different interior trims available, aside from the standard Stratford Burl gloss wood trim, QX80 models with Graphite leather are also offered with a dark brown Espresso Burl. Meanwhile, models with Wheat or Saddle Brown upholstery are available with an even darker Charcoal Burl trim.

Moving past all the soft materials and cabin aesthetics, the QX80 also offers a suite of advanced driver assistance features such as 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.

The 2018 QX80 is available in both 2WD as well as 4WD, both versions using a 400 HP 5.6-liter DOHC V8 engine. Models with 4WD also feature’s Infiniti’s All-Mode system with computer-controlled transfer case and three settings (Auto, 4H and 4L), and are priced from $67,850, whereas the 2WD version starts at $64,750.


2018 Infiniti QX80 Facelift Revealed With More Upscale Design 10
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Dubai Motor Show, featured, Infiniti, Infiniti Q80, new cars on 11 10th, 2017

Infiniti has given Car and Driver an early glimpse at the 2018 QX80, ahead of its debut at the Dubai International Motor Show on November 14th.

Previewed by the QX80 Monograph concept, the facelifted QX80 has a more upscale appearance as it features a new front fascia with a more prominent grille. The SUV has also been equipped with new headlights, revised air intakes, and less gaudy front fender vents.

Out back, there are restyled taillights and an updated rear bumper. The tailgate has also been redesigned and features a single strip of chrome trim. 20-inch wheels will come standard but 22-inch wheels will be also be available.

Unfortunately, the interior largely carries over and isn’t that much different from the Nissan Armada. Despite the déjà vu design, drivers will find new wood trim, redesigned cup holders, and revised instrument panel lighting. Infiniti also added additional insulation, black carpeting, and an updated rear seat entertainment system with larger displays.

Power reportedly comes from a familiar 5.6-liter V8 engine that produces 400 hp (298 kW) and 413 lb-ft (560 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a seven-speed automatic transmission which can be paired to an optional four-wheel drive system.

Check out Car and Driver for more photos. Thanks to Omar for the tip!

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Infiniti Has Something New In Store For LA 5
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Infiniti, LA Auto Show on 11 5th, 2017

Infiniti has something new on the docket. But while we know when and where it will debut, we have very little idea of what it will be.

Said to be “the most advanced Infiniti in our history,” the vehicle is set to debut at the Hawthorne Municipal Airport in Southern California, at 4:30 pm (local time) on Tuesday, November 28 on the eve of the LA Auto Show.

From the solitary teaser sketch released, we’d surmise the vehicle might take the form of a sporty crossover, perhaps to succeed the recently discontinued QX70 that was once known as the FX. But we could yet be surprised on that front as well.

Whether it will emerge as a concept, a production model, or something in between is an entirely different question. But given the “advanced” tagline, we’d expect it to encompass the latest technologies that Nissan has to throw at it, from a likely electrified powertrain (of some sort) to semi-autonomous capabilities and a state-of-the-art infotainment system. One way or another, we’ll find out before this month is out, so watch this space.

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YouTuber Drives Renault-Powered F1 Car At Circuit Paul Ricard 1
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in F1, Infiniti, renault, Renault Videos, video on 11 1st, 2017

It's not everyday that somebody who's not a professional race car driver or some type of celebrity gets to drive one of the quickest man-made road going vehicles ever built.
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SEMA: Infiniti Q60 Red Alpha Concept Gets 476HP With the Help Of AMS 30
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in concepts, Infiniti, Infiniti Concepts, Infiniti Q60, SEMA show, tuning on 10 30th, 2017

Infiniti and AMS Performance will present the Q60 Red Alpha concept at this year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas.
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SEMA: Infiniti Q60 Red Alpha Concept Gets 476HP With the Help Of AMS 30
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in concepts, Infiniti, Infiniti Concepts, Infiniti Q60, SEMA show, tuning on 10 30th, 2017

Infiniti and AMS Performance will present the Q60 Red Alpha concept at this year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas.
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Nissan Hits Tokyo’s Streets With Fully-Autonomous Infiniti Q50 26
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, Infiniti, infiniti q50, nissan, Tech, Tokyo Motor Show on 10 26th, 2017

Nissan has demonstrated a fully-autonomous Infiniti Q50 on the streets of Tokyo, showing off the technology it hopes to introduce in 2020.
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Infiniti’s Prototype 9 Vintage Racer Has A Firm Hold On Our Psyche 24
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Infiniti, Infiniti Concepts, Infiniti Videos, racing, video on 10 24th, 2017

Infiniti's Prototype 9, a retro open-wheeled roadster concept, went on display at Car Classic 2017 at the ArtCenter College of Design.
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