Infiniti

Infiniti is the luxury division of Nissan, one of the biggest Japanese manufacturers and part of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. Infiniti was founded in 1989, mainly to cater to North American customers looking for the reliability of a run-of-the-mill Nissan in a more up-market package. However, since then, Infiniti has expanded to become a global brand and it currently makes cars in Japan, China, and the U.K. Infiniti’s portfolio is quite extensive with three sedans, one coupé, and four crossover SUVs currently available in the U.S. Infiniti announced that it will become an electric company with the entirety of its lineup being hybrid or electric by 2021.

2019 Infiniti Qs Inspiration Concept

2019 Infiniti Qs Inspiration Concept

Nissan’s premium brand isn’t messing around with its future model plans

The latest in Infiniti’s growing line of Inspiration concepts made its debut at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show. Called the Qs Inspiration, the concept is the latest in a series of concept cars that Infiniti has showcased to spread the word of its plans for greener powertrains and other new technologies that will shape the future of the brand. Like most automakers these days, Infiniti has moved well beyond “talk is cheap” model by showing an increased commitment in demonstrating what it intends to do now that the industry is in the middle of shifting eras. The Qs Inspiration still looks like a concept, but it’s not really just a concept in the traditional sense of one. It’s a look into a future that isn’t that far away anymore. In fact, look for the next-generation Q50 or Q70 sedans to draw inspiration from the Qs. That’s how close this concept is to becoming, well, more than a concept.

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The Infiniti Qs Inspiration Previews an All-Electric Sports Sedan

The Infiniti Qs Inspiration Previews an All-Electric Sports Sedan

Nissan’s premium brand has big plans for its electrification future in China

Infiniti is known for building some of the most awe-inspiring concepts you’ll ever see. It’s nice to see, then, that Infiniti’s form is holding up nicely, as we can see from the Qs Inspiration Concept that’s currently on display at Auto Shanghai 2019. Developed as a sports sedan that showcases Infiniti’s push towards electrification, the Qs Inspiration Concept is a sign that Infiniti’s not just talking the talk when it comes to its electrification plans, it’s provided us with a physical example of what we can look forward to in the future. More importantly, the Qs Inspiration won’t stay a concept for long; Infiniti has plans to build a production model in China, for the Chinese market. It’s all part of the automaker’s goal to offer a diverse lineup of electrified models in the world’s biggest car market. The Qs Inspiration Concept is the first step in achieving that goal.

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2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven

2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven

The Infiniti QX50 has been around since 2013 but drove straight into its second generation for the 2019 model year. The second-generation QX50 does look sportier, and it does feature better interior materials, but the real news in the VC-Turbo engine under the hood. This is Inifinities prized variable compression engine that is supposed to provide impressive performance along with superb fuel economy. And, it’s all controlled depending on input from the driver. When economy is desired, and the engine is under light load, the engine runs at high compression to cut fuel usage but, if you put your foot through the floor, compression will drop to as low as 8:1 and you’ll get fairly decent performance – almost like feelings Honda’s V-TEC kick in. We got to spend a week with a $55,000 version of the QX50 and, while we weren’t extremely impressed with it, we didn’t exactly hate it either. Check out our photo gallery and thoughts in our review below.

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2019 Infiniti QX Inspiration Concept

2019 Infiniti QX Inspiration Concept

Looks weird, packs "high-performance" drivetrain

The Infiniti QX Inspiration is a concept SUV that the premium firm unveiled at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. The QX Inspiration is part of a series of Inspiration vehicles that already includes a sedan and another SUV, and it previews an upcoming crossover that will feature an all-electric drivetrain. Unlike the QX Sport Inspiration, which was based on a production SUV, the QX Inspiration boasts a unique design that will likely trickle down into upcoming crossovers. The big news here is the all-electric drivetrain. We don’t know much about it, but Infiniti promises a high-performance motor and battery combo and an intelligent AWD system. The concept also features autonomous driving technology, a new dashboard layout made of high-resolution displays, and a lounge-like cabin.

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2019 Infiniti QX Inspiration Concept - Car from the future or a far-fetched thought?

2019 Infiniti QX Inspiration Concept - Car from the future or a far-fetched thought?

Mark the date, folks - The brand’s future begins here

With the QX Inspiration, Infiniti becomes the latest company to enter the EV fray. The automaker unveiled the QX Inspiration Concept at the Detroit Auto Show which gives a peak into the brand’s new design language for EVs. Although Infiniti has not revealed any specs yet, it says the QX Inspiration, when launched, will be a high performance production SUV.

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Here's a Teaser of Infinities Detroit-Bound Coupe-Like Electric Crossover

Here’s a Teaser of Infinities Detroit-Bound Coupe-Like Electric Crossover

Rides on a new all-electric platform

When it comes to "love it or hate it" designs, coupe-style crossovers are the first that spring into mind. While some hate them entirely, others would buy one in a heartbeat. Whether you like coupe crossovers or not, a new model is about to come under the spotlight. It’s made by Infiniti and will make its global debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show in January.

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10 Best Vehicle and Technology Innovations of 2018

10 Best Vehicle and Technology Innovations of 2018

The future is now

The car industry never sleeps (except in August) and every year it provides us with numerous solutions to new problems, and with innovations that make us want new cars even more. This is a rundown of 10 awesome vehicle and technology innovations for 2018.

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2018 Infiniti Project Black S Concept

2018 Infiniti Project Black S Concept

Head-turning looks, top-shelf speed, and a bright hybrid future

Like pretty much every other major automaker out there, Infiniti is signaling a strong move towards electrification in the very near future, with a particularly heavy emphasis on the tech slated for 2021 and onward. While some enthusiasts will undoubtedly cringe at the thought of yet more battery-powered vehicles plying the roads, Infiniti is proving that such a fate is anything but boring, especially when it comes infused with technology plucked from the high-speed world of Formula 1 racing. Which brings us to the latest Project Black S concept, which recently made its big debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. Offered as an evolution of the previous Infiniti Project Black S that dropped at the Geneva Auto Show a few years back, this latest creation is based on the utterly fantastic Q60 Red Sport 400 sports coupe, and provides both aesthetic and technical details on how Infiniti plans to implement hybrid technology to spark the interest of speed lovers everywhere.

Continue reading to lean more about the 2018 Infiniti Project Black S Concept.

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Infiniti Spills the Beans on Sexy Project Black S

Infiniti Spills the Beans on Sexy Project Black S

Sick-looking coupe concept is a window to Infiniti’s future

The Infiniti Black S Prototype is proof that the technological divide between production vehicles and Formula One race cars is shrinking. The Hong Kong-based luxury brand of Nissan unveiled a modified version of the coupe at a private party in Paris, showcasing a hybrid electric powertrain developed by the Renault Sport Formula One team. The concept isn’t earmarked for production — not yet, at least — but it does offer a glimpse of Infiniti’s goal to use hybrid and electric powertrains on all of its models by 2021.

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Infiniti Project Black S Gets Hybrid Powertrain for Paris

Infiniti Project Black S Gets Hybrid Powertrain for Paris

Nissan’s luxury brand is setting a high bar with the updated Project Black S Prototype

Infiniti is bringing back the Project Black S Prototype with an updated powertrain made up of its 3.0-liter VR30 twin-turbocharged V-6 engine and a unique energy recovery system. The powertrain is one of a number of improvements Infiniti made on the concept, which was first unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The Project Black S Prototype represents what Infiniti describes as the “very top end of electrification in the (Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi) Alliance portfolio. It also acts as a benchmark in the company’s pursuit to electrifying its lineup by 2021.

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The Infiniti Project Black S Will Showcase Infiniti's High-Performance Electrified Drivetrain

The Infiniti Project Black S Will Showcase Infiniti’s High-Performance Electrified Drivetrain

Will Infiniti launch a street-legal model with the same technology?

Infiniti recently announced its plans to electrify its portfolio from 2021; and, as part of this process, the automaker will reveal the Project Black S prototype at the Paris Motor Show. The Project Black S will be Infiniti’s way of showing the world how a Formula One Dual-hybrid powertrain can be used in a road car. Exciting, right?

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2018 Infinity Prototype 10 Concept

2018 Infinity Prototype 10 Concept

The future of Infiniti’s electrification plans takes the shape of a classic speedster with a modern twist

Infiniti has pulled the wraps off of the Inspiration 10 Concept, providing us a good look at what Infiniti’s future design language could look like. Like its predecessor, the Inspiration 9 Concept, the Inspiration 10 Concept is infused with retro styling, culled from classic speedsters and sculpted with modern design characteristics. Infiniti believes that the concept can serve as a springboard into the design of its future models. As such, the Inspiration 10 Concept is not expected to become a production model anytime soon.

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