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2018 Infiniti Q50

2018 Infiniti Q50

Yet another mild update to the Q50 sedan

The Infiniti Q50 hit the market for the 2014 model year, and just two years later, Infiniti refreshed it for the 2016 model year. Well, instead of ushering in a new generation, Infiniti has decided to do another mild update for the 2018 model year, which includes a slightly different look outside, a revamped interior, and some new driver assistance features not previously available. Engine options include a 2.0-liter gasoline mill, a 2.2-liter turbodiesel, the 3.5-liter V-6, and a hybrid setup that combines a 3.5-liter V-6 and a 50-kW electric motor – giving the car a power output range of anywhere between 168 horsepower and 400 horsepower. The Q50 also makes use of Direct Adaptive Steering, a feature that Infiniti says is a “key building block to achieving fully-autonomous driving.” But, what is more important, is that each trim level will have its own stand-alone features and styling that will help it stand out in the lineup.

Roland Krueger, the President of Infiniti, said, “Infiniti seeks to empower our customers on their journey through their experience with us – whether it is our products, our technologies, our services, or simply a passion for driving. There is no better vehicle that incorporates all the elements of the Infiniti brand than the Q50 saloon.”

Now that the 2018 Infiniti Q5 has made its debut at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show, we have lots to talk about, so let’s dive on in and take a closer look at it and how it compares to the competition.

Update 7/21/2017: Infiniti has announced pricing for the 2018 Infiniti Q50. It starts out at $34,200, a $150 increase over last year’s model, and increases to as much as $53,000 for the Red Sport 400 – an increase of $2,300 over last year’s model. Check out the prices section below for all of the details.

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Infiniti Q50 Brings Innovative Technologies To Geneva

Infiniti Q50 Brings Innovative Technologies To Geneva

Slight visual updates add to improved technologies

The Q50 sedan is Infiniti’s best-selling model, having sold nearly 210,000 examples around the world since its launch for the 2013 model year. Now for the 2018 model year, the car receives some updated technology, an improved interior, and some slight visual tweaks to keep it current. In addition, the Q50 receives every active driving aid Infiniti can include, making the sedan the most technologically advanced in the brand’s lineup.

When introducing the 2018 Q50 at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, Infiniti president Roland Krueger said, “Infiniti seeks to empower our customers on their journey through their experience with us – whether it is our products, our technologies, our services, or simply a passion for driving. There is no better vehicle that incorporates all the elements of the Infiniti brand than the Q50 saloon.”

It seems Nissan is pouring more money and paying more attention to its luxury/sport brand. Now much of the Q50 remains unchanged. It’s basic design, its interior, and even the powertrain lineup are all familiar. The devil is in the details, in this case. You’ll have to look closely to spot the changes, but the updates certainly seem to help the Q50’s quest at competing with the German and American big-wigs.

Keep reading to see what has changed for the 2018 model year.

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2016 Infiniti Project Black S

2016 Infiniti Project Black S

It’s like a Q60 Coupe on steroids

Infiniti introduced the second-generation Q60 Coupe at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show looking nearly identical to the concept that previewed it the year before. It comes to the market for 2017 with bold and aggressive styling, better efficiency over the outgoing model, and a revised suspension system, among other things. Its revised drivetrain includes two different engines with output ranging from 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque all the way up to 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. Unfortunately, the Q60 lost the available option of a manual transmission, leaving just a seven-speed automatic to mate with all engine options.

Now, the Geneva Auto Show is kicking off, and Infiniti as decided to participate in a design study of sorts that takes the Q60 Coupe and adds on a more aggressive body kit and a new high-performance, hybrid drivetrain inspired by Formula One. Dubbed the Project Black S, little is known about it, but Infiniti wants to use it as a basis to gauge customer interest in future high-performance Infiniti cars.

Roland Krueger, President of Infiniti, said, "Infiniti is the premium car manufacturer within the

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Nissan Alliance, and a technical partner to the Renault Sport Formula One Team, so it is natural that we come together to explore the possibility of bringing innovative, high-performance hybrid technology to our customers. Infiniti has constantly led the way in making innovative new powertrain technology available, and we’re extremely excited by the potential of Project Black S."

The Project S is set to be revealed at a special event the night before the doors open at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show, so let’s take a close look at it before that happens.

Continue reading to learn more about the Infiniti Project Black S.

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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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Report: The Emerg-E may not be the Halo Car that Infiniti is Seeking

Report: The Emerg-E may not be the Halo Car that Infiniti is Seeking

There is no doubt that a fairly wide gap exists between Infiniti and its F1 sponsorship. Really, there is not a single production Infiniti that anyone can point to and say “Ah, that is a car that relates to open-wheel performance racing.” Sure, there have been concepts and so forth, but nothing firm.

The halo car was once thought to be the upcoming Emerg-E hybrid, but signs are pointing that the Emerg-E may disappoint. Infiniti is planning to have a running prototype of the Emerg-E ready to go for Goodwood Festival of Speed and, according to several outside sources that Car and Driver has spoken to, this gas-electric hybrid may not be the performance car that everyone is expecting (sub-five-second 0 – 60 time, 420 horsepower, etc.).

While that is really disappointing, as we were anticipating huge things from the Emerg-E, we cannot say that we are surprised. Infiniti has been really tight-lipped on this project, which oftentimes means that there are some issues going on. If the reports are accurate, then the tight lips have been due to the Emerg-E not being able to reach the power numbers that Infiniti estimated.

Don’t fret though, as Infiniti does have a fallback plan, in the form of the 2009 concept, the Essence. Yes, the Essence has been effectively shelved since its debut, but, according to reports, there are still talks about this 592-horsepower hybrid making its way into production in one form or another.

For now, all we have are unconfirmed reports from outside sources, so we will reserve our judgment for Goodwood. Who knows, the Emerg-E could come out and blow us away, and Infiniti may have kept it quiet just to avoid the competition, like Acura’s NSX and BMW’s i8, from knowing what Infiniti is planning.

Goodwood kicks off on June 28th, so we don’t have to wait too awful long to find out. We’ll update you just as soon as we hear more about this situation.

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2012 Infiniti EMERG-E

2012 Infiniti EMERG-E

Infiniti has taken their time releasing the EMERG-E bit by bit with teaser image after teaser images, but the concept has finally made its world debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The Emerg-E is a highly advanced mid-ship sports car with a future dependent on the reaction of the folks at the auto show. Whether it makes it to production or not, it offers an exciting glimpse into Infiniti’s future.

Next to a completely new design language, the concept also features an array of exciting new technologies that the brand "will adopt in its quest to build dramatic and sustainable high performance cars."

The EMERG-E is powered by a twin electric motor that develops a total of 402 HP. It will sprint from 0 to 60mph in just four seconds and from zero to 130 mph in 30 seconds.

UPDATE 03/08/2012: This review has been updated with the official details and images of the Infiniti EMERG-E.

UPDATE 06/14/2012: After debuting the concept version at the Geneva Motor Show, Infiniti has announced that the first running prototype will be unveiled at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed (28 June-1 July). Jerry Hardcastle, Global Chief Marketability Engineer, commented: "The Festival of Speed crowds will be seeing EMERG-E in action for the first time ever, even before many of Infiniti’s top executives have seen it. Goodwood’s spectators will see not just an exquisite design but an example of our and our partners’ technologies for an environmentally-friendly car brimming with true Infiniti driver appeal."

Hit the jump to read more about the Infiniti EMERG-E concept.

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2012 Geneva Motor Show: The Concept Cars

2012 Geneva Motor Show: The Concept Cars

Concept cars have always been an integral part of any major auto show. These events give automakers an opportunity to showcase some of the most outlandish and over-the-top vehicles we’ll ever see.

Now that doesn’t mean that these concepts will translate to production. Actually, very few do with most of them forgotten long after the auto show ends.

At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, we saw a lot of concept cars that piqued our curiosities one way or the other. Some were fancy, some were strange, and some just completely blew us away.

In the end, the concept cars at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show delivered on the promise of providing some edge and flavor to the proceedings. On the list below, we’ll show you all of the concepts that caught our eye, and if we do say so ourselves, some of those are just too awesome to not be sent to the production line.

Check out the concept cars from the 2012 Geneva Motor Show after the jump.

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Photos surface of the 2012 Infiniti EMERG-E Concept

Photos surface of the 2012 Infiniti EMERG-E Concept

Photos of the electric 2012 Infiniti EMERG-E Concept have finally been released, or should we say leaked? Most of us weren’t very impressed with the patent renderings of the car that were released earlier this month, but these new photos show just how sexy this car really is!

Not a whole lot is known about this mid-engine sports car, but we do know that it will be electric powered with a 1.2L internal combustion range extender. Infiniti says that their main goal is to create an "uncompromising" electric sports car that will offer "vivid performance" with zero emissions capability.

Infiniti Vice President, Andy Palmer, says that the car will be the first to highlight Infiniti’s new styling direction. They’re definitely headed in the right direction, because this car looks better than some super cars we’ve seen. Whether the EMERG-E will be rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive is, for now, only known by the engineers and executives at Infiniti.

The electric Infiniti EMERG-E concept will make it’s official debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in early March. Until then, leave your comments below and let us know what you think of it.

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Infiniti bringing sports car concept to Geneva

Infiniti bringing sports car concept to Geneva

It’s easy to get caught up in the hoopla surrounding the 2012 North American International Auto Show, but that doesn’t mean that we’re closing our eyes and ears to everything else going on in the automotive world. Especially when it comes to the Geneva Motor Show this March.

One automaker that’s looking to kick-start some buzz is Infiniti. Nissan’s luxury brand has officially released the first teaser image of a new electric sports car concept that’s going to break cover in Geneva.

Details are limited at this point, although we’ve been told that the car will carry a mid-mounted powertrain that will provide weight distribution and handling for the extended range vehicle. According to Infiniti, the still-to-be-named concept car will be an electrically-propelled vehicle that will make for a "vivid, engaging and sophisticated driving experience" for drivers everywhere.

It’s been no secret that Nissan is looking into bringing a new electric car in the US for some time now. This concept car could very well be the precursor to that car, and if we do say so ourselves, we’re looking forward to seeing what Infiniti has up its sleeve when the covers are pulled on this concept car at the Geneva Motor Show.

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Infiniti readying new sports coupe for 2012 Geneva Motor Show

Infiniti readying new sports coupe for 2012 Geneva Motor Show

Auto Express has reported that Infiniti is readying a new entry level sports car for Geneva next year. The compact two-seater sports car is expected to slot in just below the Infiniti G-line and will come with sporty engines, a rear-wheel drive set-up, and a Lotus-tuned suspension system.

For now, information regarding this car is still thin, but you can definitely expect more news regarding what appears to be Infiniti’s answer to the Mazda MX-5 Miata in the coming months leading up to next March’s Geneva Motor Show.

Nissan’s upper-echelon brand has released some interesting concepts over the past few years and we wouldn’t be surprised if this new sports coupe takes some of the design language of say, the Essence or the new G37 Coupe, and translates it into a production version.

Whatever the case may be, we’re getting excited thinking about what Infiniti has in store for us with this car, even if it isn’t scheduled to be unveiled for another 10 months.

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2011 Infiniti Etherea

2011 Infiniti Etherea

While we may have been unduly harsh towards the Infiniti Etherea leading up to its big unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show, it wasn’t for a lack of opinion, as we most certainly are entitled to ours. But now that all the teaser images have come to pass and we finally get a good, long look at Infiniti’s new concept car, we’re going to stick to our guns and say that the Infiniti Etherea concept (and not Etheria as it was rumored) should get some more fine-tweaking.

As a compact luxury model that previews Infiniti’s future entry-level model geared towards the younger population, we understand the direction the company is looking into by offering an aggressive-looking car to cater to an aggressive and young market.

"ETHEREA is about a new type of luxury for younger buyers," said Toru Saito, Corporate Vice President and Leader of the Global Infiniti Business Unit. "It is not just a smaller version of a typically conservative and traditional luxury car."

Sure thing, boss. Let’s just hope that the production version of this wild child concept looks a lot tamer and more evenly proportioned.

UPDATE 03/01/11

: This review has been updated with the Etherea’s full specs, as well as new images.

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2011 Geneva Motor Show Preview

2011 Geneva Motor Show Preview

The biggest international auto show of the 2011 calendar year is getting closer and closer to opening its doors when the event kicks off on March 1st, 2011. Unlike recently concluded auto shows we’ve had since the calendar turned to 2011, the Geneva Motor Show is always the one that gets our juices flowing. Not that those other events weren’t any good, but Geneva brings out all the goods. All the big boys come out to play at this event, so much so that making this preview took more days than we expected because everyday, a new model was being announced as attending the event.

Now that the Geneva Motor Show is less than two weeks away, we feel like it’s time to give you a sneak peek on what cars to expect at the event. A lot of brands that routinely skip other auto shows will all be in attendance at the Geneva Motor Show, proving that without a shadow of a doubt, this Swiss spectacle is one of the most important - if not the most important - events in the automotive calendar.

Hit the jump to check out just who will be in attendance when the show opens its doors on March 1st, 2011.

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Infiniti Etheria Concept headed for Geneva Motor Show

Infiniti Etheria Concept headed for Geneva Motor Show

Now that we’re already counting down the days leading up to the 81st Geneva Motor Show in March, automakers are already gearing up with their preparations for one of the biggest auto shows of the entire calendar year.

Japanese automaker Infiniti will be in attendance in Geneva next month where they recently announced through a press release and accompanied by two teaser images the unveiling of a new concept car called the ‘Etheria Concept’.

While Infiniti did not officially divulge the name of the concept, our wandering eyes saw the name on one of the image files. Unless it’s a genius way of redirection, we’re pretty sure that the name was left by accident.

In any case, Infiniti did say that the Etheria concept will be unlike any car we’ve seen from the company – to see is to believe, we say – and that if it does end up on the production block, it’s going to be slotted just below the brand’s existing G-Line.

The two teaser images didn’t divulge any helpful details on the car except for a few swooping lines that suggest that this concept may be come as a hatchback. Then again, that’s just our best educated guess.

Press Release after the jump

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2010 Infiniti EX30d

2010 Infiniti EX30d

Infiniti revealed today the first details on it’s first diesel compact crossover - the Infiniti EX30d. The EX30d is expected to break cover at the Geneva Motor Show next week.

The Infiniti EX30d is powered by a piezo-injection 3.0-litre V6 engine that produces a total of 235 bhp and an impressive torque of 406 lb ft. The engine is mated to a standard 7-speed automatic transmission and sprints the car from 0 to 62mph in just 7.9 seconds.

The new Infiniti EX30d will go on sale this summer and will be offered in three different versions. Prices will be announced at a later date.

Press release after the jump.

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2008 Infiniti EX37

2008 Infiniti EX37

Infiniti launched the 2008 EX37, the world’s first compact coupe crossover. Based on the Infiniti FM platform, EX37 shares much of its hardware with both the G37 and G37 Coupe. As a result, it enjoys the same high levels of handling precision and balance as well as similar levels of performance, refinement, build quality and equipment.

The EX37 is powered by a new 3.7-litre version of VQ engine family. Regularly honoured in independent awards the world over, the twin cam 24 valve V6 produces over 310PS and an impressive over 350Nm of torque.

EX37 is available with a new seven-speed automatic transmission while the suspension design - double wishbone set up at the front and multi-link arrangement at the rear - delivers the ideal blend between sporting handling and superior ride comfort.

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2009 Infiniti Essence

2009 Infiniti Essence

Essence, the concept revealed by Infiniti today at the Geneva Motor Show was created to celebrate the company’s 20th anniversary, but also to give an idea of the brand’s future.

Designed in cooperation with Louis Vuitton, the Essence is a RWD model, featuring a dramatic design, technology and performance statement: it is powered by a 592 hp petrol-electric hybrid engine.

The hybrid system - a zero-emissions one - combines a petrol engine with an electric motor. These can work independently or together as a “parallel” hybrid system. When the traffic clears, Essence responds with a highway performance that few cars could match. In “power assist” mode the full 592 hp is unleashed with both petrol and electric power working together.

A key difference over some other hybrid systems is that both the V6 and the electric motor feed their power only to the rear wheels. Performance is more linear, response is crisper – and driving pleasure further enhanced – as a result.

The petrol engine, a 3.7-litre V6 gasoline engine is fitted with twin turbochargers and delivers 434 hp, while the electric motor, called 3D Motor delivers 158 hp.

Full details in the press release after the jump.

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2009 Infiniti FX50

2009 Infiniti FX50

Infiniti unveiled today at the Geneva Motor Show the second-generation FX performance luxury crossover. The 2009 FX will be offered in three models, including a new 5.0-liter V8-equipped Infiniti FX50. The 2009 FX is scheduled to go on sale at Infiniti dealers in the United States and Canada in June 2008.

The Infiniti FX50 features a new powerplant, which makes it debut on this model – an advanced 5.0-liter V8 that is mounted low in the chassis to help lower the FX50’s center of gravity. The engine design includes twin symmetrical air intakes, microfinished crankshaft, lightweight pistons, super-silent cam drive chains and an electrically driven cooling fan to help optimize performance.

The goals for the development of the FX50’s all-new VK50VE V8 started with outstanding power output – 390 horsepower (287kw) and 500 Nm of torque – a high rev limit, a powerful engine sound from a specially tuned exhaust and improved fuel economy versus the previous generation FX45.

Press release after jump.

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Infiniti Essence to debut at Geneva Motor Show

Infiniti Essence to debut at Geneva Motor Show

Infiniti has just entered the European market. So while its a respected brand in North America, it has some catching up to do on the other side of the Atlantic. That’s why Nissan’s premium brand has teamed up with a fashion icon to head to Geneva and convince Europe that it is a top tier brand.

We don’t have any great details on the car Infiniti will bring to the auto show on March 3rd. All we know right now is than it will be called "Essence", and it will have custom baggage made by Louis Vuitton.

Yeah, we don’t find luggage all the interesting either. If it wasn’t for the curvy teaser photo that Infiniti revealed, we may have even skipped the story. Will Infiniti make an interesting enough car that we’ll be willing to blog about luggage again? Find out next month.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Infiniti G37 Sedan

2009 Infiniti G37 Sedan

Infiniti will unveil at the Geneva Motor Show the 2009 G37 Sedan, a model designed especially for the European market. It will be offered with either a rear- or all-wheel drive system with drive taken to the wheels via a slick six-speed manual or an advanced seven-speed automatic transmission.

Four-Wheel Active Steer (4WAS) is available as part of the Infiniti G37 Sport model (see standard and optional equipment). This helps improve handling performance by varying the front steering ratio and adjusting the geometry of the rear suspension according to steering input and vehicle speed.

An AWD version, known as the Infiniti G37x, uses Infiniti’s ATTESA E-TS (Advanced Total Traction Engineering System for All Electronic Torque Split) all-wheel drive system, as found on EX37 and FX models will also be available.

The G37 Sedan will be powered by a 3.7-litre version of VQ engine family. Regularly honoured in independent awards the world over, the twin cam 24 valve V6 produces over 310PS and an impressive over 350Nm of torque. Prices for the 2009 Infiniti G37 Sedan with 7-speed automatic transmission starts at $33,250.

Press release after the jump.

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Infiniti's products at Geneva show

Infiniti’s products at Geneva show

In Geneva next month, Infinity, the luxury brand of Japanese automaker Nissan, will launch a skew of models which will set the cat among the pigeons. The forthcoming products seem quite vivid and interesting as new performance sedans, coupes and crossovers are ready to be unveiled.

These models will compete in the cut-throat luxury segment of Europe which according to the maker is the "the toughest luxury market in the world". Just like its classmates Cadillac, Toyota and Acura, Infinity too wants to compete on the international platform which is evident as the second generation FX performance crossover will have its covers taken off it for the first time, making it the first Cadillac to be launched away from the U.S.

The models have been specially tailored for European tastes and likes. President and CEO of Nissan, Carlos Ghosn, will be there in Geneva to oversee the proceedings. The cars will be available in the European market by October 2008.

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2009 Infiniti FX to debut in Geneva

2009 Infiniti FX to debut in Geneva

After an existence of almost 20 years, Infiniti will go on the European market for the first time. Debut will be made in March at the Geneva Motor Show. In the same time, Infiniti will unveil the second generation of the iconic FX performance crossover.

Infiniti will also unveil the rest of its line-up of performance cars, tailored for the European market: the V6 powered G Sedan, G coupe and EX coupe crossover. This portfolio of products will be launched across Europe, together with the second generation FX, from October 2008.

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2009 Infiniti FX37 and FX50

2009 Infiniti FX37 and FX50

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At 2008 Geneva Motor Show, Infiniti will unveil completely redesigned FX. The FX will compete with Volkswagen Touareg, Porsche Cayenne and Lexus RX.

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Infiniti FX37 to debut at 2008 Geneva Auto Show

Infiniti FX37 to debut at 2008 Geneva Auto Show

Mark Igo, vice president and general manager of Infiniti announced that the 2009 FX37 will be launched at the next Geneva Motor Show.

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