NASHVILLE -- Infiniti's new North American product campaign launches in the coming weeks with long-awaited fresh vehicles and engines.
The brand will receive a new-generation Q60 coupe, a freshened QX60 crossover and an all-new compact crossover, the QX30, this year. Also, three new powertrains will go into Infiniti vehicles -- a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, 208-hp, four-cylinder engine; a 3.0-liter, 400-hp, twin-turbo V-6; and a 3.0-liter, 300-hp, turbo V-6.
Over the next few years, Infiniti will be a leading beneficiary of the global technology-sharing partnership between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler. Daimler and Infiniti will share a vehicle platform on the QX30, as well as the 2.0-liter engine.
Infiniti also continues to share vehicle platforms with its mass-market sister brand, Nissan. The QX60 is based on the Nissan Pathfinder, and the full-size QX80 SUV now shares its underpinnings with the Nissan Armada and the non-U.S. Patrol. But officials say Infiniti will maintain its own styling, premium features and driving performance.
QX30: The British-built QX30 compact crossover will arrive this fall as a 2017 model, filling in a competitive hole in Infiniti's lineup. The crossover shares its chassis and powertrain with the Mercedes GLA as part of the global Renault-Nissan-Daimler product-sharing campaign. But the body design, interior and handling dynamics are pure Infiniti. The model is rear-wheel drive and will use Mercedes' 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine.
Q30: The car version of the QX30 -- a hatchback now offered in Europe as the Q30 -- will not come to the U.S., Infiniti and its retailers decided in the final days of 2015. Dealers voiced concerns that the two models were too similar to make them clear to consumers.
Q60: A redesigned Q60 compact coupe will debut in the third quarter of this year as a 2017 model, using the architecture and design cues of the Q50 sedan. Infiniti believes the coupe, with a new turbocharged, 3.0-liter V-6, will account for significant volume.
QX60: The midsize crossover will receive a significant freshening this fall for the 2017 model year. The midcycle update likely will include a new V-6 engine.
Q50: The sedan is in line for a freshening in mid-2017.
QX50: Infiniti's 2016 model-year re-engineering of the low-selling QX50 compact crossover stretched the body to create more ample rear seating, and the market is responding positively. Company sources say bigger changes are now in store for the QX50 in a redesign that is likely to come in 2019.
Q80: Infiniti will introduce a full-size, four-door fastback in 2018 or 2019, based on the Q80 Inspiration concept sedan shown in 2014. The model will be longer, wider and lower than Infiniti's Q70 sedan and come with a hybrid powertrain.
QX80: Last redesigned in 2010, with a minor face-lift in late 2014, the full-size QX80 SUV is due for a redesign in 2018.
Q70: The current Q70 sedan -- previously sold as the M -- received a major face-lift in late 2014. Its next milestone will be a full redesign to appear no earlier than the fourth quarter of 2017.
QX70: The midsize QX70 -- formerly marketed as the FX -- is now in its ninth model year, and a redesign likely will come in mid-2017. Infiniti hinted at the crossover's design direction this year at the Beijing auto show with the QX Sport Inspiration concept. The concept has a wider stance than the current QX70. It uses deeper body creases that arch back to a lowered rear roofline. The rounded front corners result in a more pronounced snub-nosed front grille.
Q50 performance model: Infiniti continues to study the idea of obtaining a high-performance, $100,000-plus version of the Nissan GT-R, using the GT-R's hand-built 565-hp V-6. Officials say the on-again, off-again project, originally referred to as the Q50 Eau Rouge, has not been canceled but is not on the front burner.