In the case of the 2022 Infiniti QX55, it had a bullet point on its CV that provoked us to ask about first. $60,350? How?
Recently, Infiniti teased its premium compact-segment concept first with a sketch, then an actual photo, and now the Q30 has made its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Recently, Infiniti began teasing its Q30 concept ahead of its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Now the automaker has released the first real image of the concept car.
This is the single teaser image for the Infiniti Q30 concept car, which will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.
For 2013, the 3.5-liter V-6 of the 2012 FX has been replaced by the same 3.7-liter that’s populated the rest of the Nissan/Infiniti range. Power is up to 325 ponies while torque receives a more modest increase to 267 pound-feet of torque. The redline remains at 7500 rpm, while the seven-speed automatic is also a carryover from the 2012 FX.
Screwy nomenclature aside, we’re quite excited over the all-new Infiniti Q50. Replacing the G sedan, the Q50 will launch with either a 3.7-liter V-6 or a 3.5-liter, V-6 hybrid, a first for Infiniti in this market.
It certainly sounds like we’ll be seeing a high-powered Infiniti sedan that will do battle with the BMW M5, Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, and Cadillac CTS-V, if a message from Infiniti’s president, Johan de Nysschen is to be believed.
The Paris Motor Show is approaching quickly, and while we’ve gotten a mere trickle of information regarding this year’s show, we suspect the deluge is on the way. For a start, we have this funky concept from Nissan. Called the TeRRA (yeah, we have no clue why the last three letters are capitalized either), it’s a zero-emissions fuel-cell-powered SUV. Utilizing a three-motor electric all-wheel-drive system, it’s meant to deliver a dose of green to greenlaning.
While we grant you that “Infiniti Performance Line” is not the most inspired moniker imaginable for the hottest models from the Infiniti family, the initial product, in the form of the Infiniti IPL G Coupe, actually acquits itself rather well on the road. And while the uninspired nature of the naming scheme, probably intended to evoke thoughts of AMG’s remolding of many Mercedes-Benz products, continues on the IPL G’s spec sheet, this car repeats the story we’ve told before about the devil being in the details.
A whiff of sophistication and elegance seems evident from the first tall step one takes into the LR4 cabin. Materials feel of a high quality if not overtly rich—there are certainly plastics in evidence, though few enough and nice enough that we don’t mind them. Controls are laid out in a reasonable fashion; the instrument panel is a bit button-heavy, but most drivers won’t take more than a few days to understand the fundaments. Perhaps most importantly, the controls that come to hand most often, steering wheel, gear lever, door handles, etc, all feel very robust and thoughtfully appointed.
This is arguably one of the most extroverted vehicles on sale today, from its Predator front fascia, to its twenty-one-inch alloys, to the stonking 5.0-liter V-8 sitting under its curvaceous hood, there is nothing about the Infiniti FX50S that’s not loud and in your face, all the time.
This month in Winding Road, we test out they fast and smooth BMW M6 Convertible, a car that approaches the status of supercar. Plus, we pack a bunch of other automotive content in this issue.
We wanted to put Evoque to the test. Lining up the big-selling BMW X3, the ultra-powerful Volvo XC60 R-Design, and the original-gangster-small-crossover Infiniti EX35, we figured to have great representation within this class.
The G is more powerful than everything in its price/size/class, and is available with a manual transmission, which is an increasingly rare trait these days. (The 6MT in question isn’t that great to use, but I believe it’s far less horrible than Brandon does, apparently.) It has a lively, responsive chassis, and a suspension tuning that rewards hard driving without being completely punishing.
Quite a lot of fun for such a big vehicle. Big V-8 delivers more than enough grunt all over the rev range. Surprisingly agile, despite its enormous size, the QX’s primary fault is in its so-so steering, and overall lack of an involving character. Then again, since when are vehicles of this size meant to be involving?
CVT is a bit more friendly, but still a drain on overall driving dynamics. Big and soft when it comes to handling. 3.5-liter V-6 isn’t bad, but could stand a bit more power.
In the newest issue of Winding Road, the Subaru STI and Mitsubishi Evo go head to head in a final bout for this generation. Plus, we have lots of other great automotive content this month’s issue.
Unlike pure concept wizardry like Geneva’s Infiniti Emerg-E, what you are looking at here is likely to make production. This is the Infiniti LE Concept, and all of it, including a fair chunk of the styling should arrive in your local Infiniti showroom by 2014.
Infiniti has a goal. It plans to sell over 600,000 cars around the world by 2016. That means a few things need to happen. First, the brand needs to expand to new and emerging markets, notably Russia, China, and South America. These are the same rapidly growing markets parent company Nissan has targeted with the revival of the Datsun nameplate as its new low-priced brand. Second, Infiniti needs to expand the number of categories it’s competing in.
It may not be coming back to North America, but the Datsun nameplate is set to return to the automotive stage. The announcement was made during a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia by Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn.
Infiniti’s newest concept car, the slinky Emerg-E Concept seen here, plays up several recently prominent themes from within the larger Nissan world. First, the idea of an Infiniti “halo” car to bring further credibility (in this case, performance cred) to the luxury brand. Second, the importance of EV and range-extended-EV tech in Infiniti’s future portfolio.