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2016 Infiniti QX60

2016 Infiniti QX60

A fresh look for Infiniti’s people hauler

Infiniti has announced a mid-cycle refresh for the QX60 ahead of its formal debut at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The changes are relatively minor, but help improve passenger comfort, as well as adding levels of customization.

The QX60 has been around since 2013, but confusingly made its debut as the JX35 in 2012. The name change came courtesy of Infiniti’s rebranding efforts to streamline its model designations. The three-row, seven-passenger crossover shares its bones with the Nissan Pathfinder – something that hasn’t changed for the 2016 model year. The familiar 3.5-liter V-6, CVT transmission, and optional hybrid drivetrain carry over unchanged.

Infiniti says the 2016 updates will help push the QX60 as a global sales leader for the brand. The QX60 posted a respectable 24-percent growth in year-over-year sales between 2014 and 2015, and Infiniti expects that trend to continue.

“The new QX60 will become an important part of Infiniti’s global growth strategy as the global premium crossover market continues to grow,” says Francois Bancon, Infiniti’s Vice President Product Strategy. “The new model builds on the characteristics that have made QX60 an increasingly popular choice with premium buyers, offering enhanced design, driving dynamics and best-in-class levels of interior comfort and convenience.”

Infiniti will continue to offer the QX60 in both front- and all-wheel drive configurations, as well as V-6 and hybrid drivetrains. AWD continues as an option on hybrid models, as well. Follow along as we detail out the changes for the 2016 model year.

Updated 02/24/2016: Infiniti announced prices for the 2016 QX60 which will be put on sale later in the spring. For the 2016 model year, the QX60 will be offered in four models – QX60, QX60 AWD, QX60 Hybrid and QX60 Hybrid AWD, and will come with a price increase of only $200 over the 2015 model year.

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2016 Infiniti QX50

2016 Infiniti QX50

Debuting at the 2015 New York Auto Show, Infiniti has applied an extensive refresh to the QX50 in the hopes of jumpstarting the SUV after it struggled to sell well in the highly competitive luxury crossover segment. A facelift, longer wheelbase, extra interior room and a few new gadgets all make the list of updates.

The Infiniti EX/QX50 was first introduced in 2008 as the funky-looking EX35 crossover SUV. In 2011, the model underwent its first name change to simply EX. For the 2014 model year, Johan de Nysschen — now the lead man at Cadillac, but at the time heading up Infiniti – decided to shake things up by renaming the entire lineup, resulting in the EX becoming the QX50 without any significant changes to the vehicle. Finally, two years after its latest rename, the QX50/EX/EX35 is getting its first overhaul for the 2016 model year.

The new QX50 will be offered as either a RWD or AWD model and comes with four available option packages. But will it be enough to inject some new life into the SUV?

Updated 09/18/2015: Infiniti announced prices for the new, 2016 QX50 which goes on sale in this month at Infiniti retailers nationwide. The new luxury crossover will be priced from $34,450 for the RWD version and $35,850 for the AWD version.

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2016 Infiniti QX70 Ultimate

2016 Infiniti QX70 Ultimate

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is set to launch the Q30 at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, but the Mercedes-powered luxury hatchback isn’t the only vehicle Infiniti will showcase in Germany. Though it’s a bit long in the tooth for an auto show introduction, the current QX70 (launched in 2009 as the FX and renamed in 2013) is getting a new trim: the Ultimate.

With several special features added inside and out, Infiniti hopes the QX70 Ultimate will help keep sales of the SUV steady until a third-generation model arrives. Unfortunately, the Ultimate will only be offered in Europe and Russia, meaning U.S. customers will have to settle for the other trims until Infiniti does something about it.

"The QX70 has long struck a chord with buyers seeking something exceptional, but the Infiniti QX70 Ultimate is designed to respond to the most exclusive needs and desires of buyers," François Goupil de Bouillé, vice president of Infiniti Europe, Middle East and Africa, said about the new trim.

Keep reading to find out more about this SUV and stay tuned for more photos from the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show next week.

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Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid And Infiniti QX60 Hybrid Dropped From The Lineup

Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid And Infiniti QX60 Hybrid Dropped From The Lineup

If you read the headline to this article and said to yourself “There’s a Pathfinder Hybrid?” don’t worry, that is a very reasonable thing not to know. And since Nissan has now quietly dropped it from the lineup, you don’t need to know about it anymore anyway.

The move wasn’t really announced at first, Nissan simply took the hybrid option off of the company website. The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder’s platform-mate, the 2014 Infiniti QX60, was also removed, but in this case, even any mention of it came down. With the Pathfinder, the hybrid is still on the site, but all that’s said about it is that it’s unavailable. The site will then link you to the Leaf, because apparently Nissan believes that those checking the site for any kind of electrified vehicle always start with the Pathfinder.

Both vehicles were only offered for one year, although Nissan has now released a couple of brief statements about each vehicle, and it seems that the QX60 Hybrid will live on, just not in the U.S. The QX60 Hybrid will still be sold in China and Mexico, but it has been officially dropped from the U.S. market.

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Infiniti Plans SUV Above The QX80

Infiniti Plans SUV Above The QX80

Having already expanded into the entry-level premium segment with the QX30 crossover, Infiniti is now considering to add a new large SUV to its lineup. According to Infiniti’s executive design director Alfonso Albaisa, the SUV in question would be a flagship vehicle placed above the QX80, currently the brand’s largest and most expensive offering.

"[The new SUV will be] something new... probably more in the portfolio of expansion than renovation," he told AutoGuide at the 2015 New York Auto Show. "There is the potential for people to pay more than they are for a car like the QX80," he added, hinting toward a six-figure sticker.

Although it already has the QX80 Limited as a high-grade rival for the Cadillac Escalade and the Lincoln Navigator, it seems Infiniti is actually pondering a larger and more expensive model to compete against the Premium and Platinum trims of the longer Cadillac ESV model. Albaisa didn’t say how expensive this SUV would be, but he did indicate that Infiniti is considering at least one model priced from over $100,000.

For the 2015 model year, Infiniti’s most expensive models are the Q60 IPL Convertiblefrom $62,100, and the QX80 from $63,250. A fully loaded QX80 comes in at a little over $90,00.

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2015 Infiniti QX30 Concept

2015 Infiniti QX30 Concept

We’ve already seen the 2013 Infiniti Q30 Concept, and we’ve caught the production 2016 Q30 out testing, so it was only a matter of time before we saw a crossover version. That time is now, as Infiniti introduces the QX30 Concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

As with so many of these part-SUV, part-hatchback models, the QX30 borrows heavily from the hatchback it is based upon. That’s not a bad thing either, as the Q30 Concept was pretty well-received, and I find it a nice interpretation of Infiniti styling.

With the likes of the Mercedes GLA already occupying this segment and the BMW X1 set to convert to a front-wheel-drive-based crossover in 2016, can the QX30 really make waves when it makes it to production?

Updated 03/02/2015: With just a few hours before its debut in Geneva, Infiniti dropped the official details, images, specs and video on the new QX30 Concept.

Continue reading for my review on the 2015 Infiniti QX30 Concept.

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2015 Infiniti QX70S Design

2015 Infiniti QX70S Design

Infiniti’s all set to debut the QX70S Design at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October. But first, how about a few teaser photos to get us all started. That’s the approach the company’s taking with its newest special-edition model. Fortunately, details aren’t as limited as the photos, so at least we get a mental picture of what we can expect to see when the QX70S Design makes it entrance.

The first indication points to the prevalent use of dark chrome on the full-sized luxury crossover. Infiniti says that there’s plenty of the dark chrome finish on the QX70S Design, including the grille, fog light surrounds, side air scoops, side sills and rear numberplate surround. Meanwhile, the headlights now come in a smoked finish, which should give the front end a more stylish look.

There’s been no indication on any performance upgrades, and we don’t expect there to be any. Either way, the QX70 already has a brute of a 3.7-liter V-6 under its hood. It’s capable of producing 325 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque, which is good enough to accelerate the SUV to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds to go with a top speed of 155 mph.

Infiniti’s plans for the QX70S Design call for the special edition SUV to hit selected markets in Western Europe as soon as the car finishes up at the Paris Motor Show.

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2015 Infiniti QX80 Limited

2015 Infiniti QX80 Limited

Along with today’s announcement of the new 2015 QX80 SUV, Infiniti also dropped a very special Limited model. The normal QX80 is far from plebian, but the QX80 Limited is sprucing up the New York Auto Show as one of the most luxurious vehicles to ever come from the Nissan group.

While the started with a very solid canvas, what Nissan managed to create for Infiniti moves the brand on the territory of its competitors and into a new market of vehicles that haven’t even arrived yet. We know that Bentley is making an SUV, and that Aston Martin may have one on the table as well, but it seems that the QX80 Limited may have beaten both of those models to the punch.

With an unprecedented amount of standard technology, convenience and luxury features, the Limited edition of the QX80 is setting a very high bar for anything that comes afterwards. If you think it feels weird to hear Bentley and Infiniti mentioned in the same breath, read on to see the sheer amount of class and refinement crammed inside of this rolling palace.

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2015 Infiniti QX80

2015 Infiniti QX80

Along with today’s announcement of the new 2015 QX80 SUV, Infiniti also dropped a very special Limited model. The normal QX80 is far from plebian, but the QX80 Limited is sprucing up the New York Auto Show as one of the most luxurious vehicles to ever come from the Nissan group.

While the started with a very solid canvas, what Nissan managed to create for Infiniti moves the brand on the territory of its competitors and into a new market of vehicles that haven’t even arrived yet. We know that Bentley is making an SUV, and that Aston Martin may have one on the table as well, but it seems that the QX80 Limited may have beaten both of those models to the punch.

With an unprecedented amount of standard technology, convenience and luxury features, the Limited edition of the QX80 is setting a very high bar for anything that comes afterwards. If you think it feels weird to hear Bentley and Infiniti mentioned in the same breath, read on to see the sheer amount of class and refinement crammed inside of this rolling palace.

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2014 Infiniti QX80

2014 Infiniti QX80

Just like most Japanese-built luxury SUVs for the U.S. market, the Infiniti QX series has a foggy past and needed more than 10 years to fully mature. Roquefort, anyone?. Initially named QX4, the first-generation QX was a midsize SUV developed to take on Acura’s SLX model and Lexus’ larger LX.

The QX had grown into a full-size SUV about nine years later, when the Nissan Armada-based, second-generation iteration was unveiled as the QX56. Overhauled in 2010, the vehicle finally ditched its not-so-attractive design by borrowing styling cues from the smaller, sportier FX, which is now retailed with a QX70 badge.

The third-generation QX also got a new platform underneath, moving away from the Nissan Armada to become an ultra luxurious Patrol. As with the entire Infiniti lineup, the full-size SUV was also renamed for the 2014 model year, changing its ID to QX80.

Already in its fifth production year, the QX80 is likely to hang around for another couple of years. And although Infiniti wasn’t too keen on meddling with the SUV too much for 2014, the QX80 remains a force to be reckoned with in the full-size segment.

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2014 Infiniti QX60

2014 Infiniti QX60

At the end of 2012, Infiniti announced a new naming strategy where the letter Q would indicate sedans, coupes and convertibles models, and QX would indicate crossovers and SUVs.This new naming system takes over for the 2014 model year, ushering in the "new" QX60.

As of now, Infiniti offers four different crossovers and SUVs, including the QX50 (previously the EX35), QX60 (previously the JX35), QX70 (previously the FX35) and QX80 (previously the QX56). With the previous naming strategy, the numbers in the model’s name referred to the engine displacement, but now it indicates the model’s place in the lineup — the higher the number, the more expensive and luxurious the model; easy enough.

The QX60 carries over pretty much everything from the JX35 that Infiniti unveiled at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, including the engine, exterior and interior look, and all the accessories. In fact, the new QX60 is little more than the 2013 JX35 with "QX" badges.

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2014 - 2015 Infiniti QX50

2014 - 2015 Infiniti QX50

Infiniti’s name change is starting to take hold with the QX50 and QX80 officially carry over from their previous nameplates aside from the new badges. The name change is hard to swallow. Let’s just get that in the open.

Not only are the new names confusing, but they ditch all the old short-hand for model and engine size. One upside I know from starting my career as an Infiniti dealer runner is to call the pronounce the name differently. QX4 became "Q by four" - and so QX50 could be called "Q by 50." Still not exactly peachy to say, but I digress.

The EX37 is now the QX50 for 2014, and comes in four flavors of trim and rear- or all-wheel-drive traction from about $35,000. Where does this model fit with the new Infiniti Q50 that is leading the brand?

Style-wise, the crossover QX50 was never really the centerfold of its first-gen FX cousins. Even so, it is an even closer replica of a G35 wagon that was never offered stateside. Near-perfect weight distribution, a 325-horsepower engine and a swanky seven-speed automatic are still the main benefits of this sporty crossover.

Quality and interior luxury is up there as well, but certainly not space, with no quoted figure for the seats-down luggage capacity, one has to fear the worst.

How does the 2014 QX50 stack up versus the forthcoming Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, the Audi A4 Allroad or the cute BMW X1?

Updated 05/22/2014: Infiniti announced today prices for 2015 QX50 which continues to offer the same features as the 2014 model year. The only change is the Bluetooth Hands-free Phone offered as standard feature on the base models. Prices for the 2-15 QX50 will start from $35,000.

Click past the jump for all the details from Infiniti on the freshly-renamed QX50.

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