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Infiniti Doubles Down On Performance, Unveils 2017 Q60 Coupe

When Infiniti first unveiled the G35 coupe back in 2002, it signaled that the brand was serious about injecting some much needed fun into its lineup. The 2008 G37 coupe was a compelling sequel to the original, but got lost in the shuffle when the brand began its recent naming scheme. The 2017 Infniti Q60 promises to reestablish itself as a key part of the brands lineup and regain the ground it lost to rivals in the luxury coupe segment.

The exterior styling of the production Q60 doesn’t stray too far away from the Q60 concept car with the only revisions being the expected ones needed to comply with government safety standards. In this case, the headlights were revamped and formal side mirrors got IMG_0199installed. The end result still looks quite sharp and aggressive, and should allow the Infiniti to stand out when viewed side by side with rivals. The company claims that the car has a lower center of gravity than before, and that it now boasts more power and efficiency than ever before. Infinti’s suite of updates even extended to the tires with tighter gaps, staggered setups on some trims, and the ability for the wheels to absorb road vibration. 20-inch alloy wheels will also be offered for the first time on top tier models and they look handsome in person.

The interior of the Q60 also gets some attention and now brings more performance inspired style to lucky occupants. The cabin is offered in three different trim levels depending on the model selected. Base models receive either aluminium or black wood accents, while top tier models receive carbon fiber accents. More sound insulation and IMG_0264noise cancellation technology has also been added to help quiet things down, while a new processor for the Intuition infotainment system aims to improve response, and reduce lag times. An all new 13 speaker Bose sound system thunders its way into the options sheet and should please audiophiles looking for a world class audio experience.

Performance comes from either an all new 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged V6 that is a part of the company’s all new “VR” family of engines and is available in two distinct variants, or a 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine. The base V6 makes 300 horsepower and a healthy 295 lb-ft of torque while the spicier version of the engine makes 400 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. As for the entry level four cylinder, it is expected to make 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque while also serving as the volume engine. All three engines are mated to a seven speed automatic transmission, and Infiniti engineers have pitched the old six speed manual which is sad news for buyers that prefer to shift the gears themselves. Handling has also been improved, and now benefits from new shock tuning and bushings as well as relocated shock absorbers and a new layout for the links. An all new Digital Dynamic Suspension system comes as standard equipment on Sport models and features adaptive dampers to help lock down the cars handling especially in sharp corners.

Look for the 2017 Infiniti Q60 to go on sale late this summer with official pricing expected to be released closer to its official launch.

Infiniti Spices Up 2016 Q50 With New Engines, Sport Model

With the Q50 sedan being a relatively new offering, Infiniti has unveiled the updated 2016 version which spices up the driving experience with a suite of new engines and a new performance model.

The bulk of the updates can be found under the hood where an all new 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged V6 makes itself at home. Replacing the aging 3.7 liter V6, it makes 300 horsepower, and is a noticeable upgrade over the old V6. However for buyers that crave 2016 Infiniti Q50even more power, they can opt for the all new Q50 Red Sport. While the name may not be the most compelling moniker ever created, it does make up for it by offering  slick red paint, and an evolution of the 3.0 liter V6 which brings 400 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. This puts the Red Sport in the same elite bracket as rivals from BMW and Lexus.

The base Q50 meanwhile comes with a 2.0 liter turbocharged 208 horsepower four cylinder engine that also makes a respectable 258 lb-ft of torque. All three engines come equipped with a seven speed automatic transmission and standard issue rear wheel drive.2016 Infiniti Q50 The transmission also comes equipped with steering wheel mounted shift paddles to help drivers take full control of the driving experience.  Buyers in snowier climates can opt for an optional all-wheel drive system to add some extra grip to their purchase.

As for the hybrid model, it carries over virtually unchanged which means the familiar 3.5 liter V6 and 50-kilowatt motor are present and accounted for with the combo producing 360 horsepower.

Another key update is an upgraded version of Infiniti’s Direct Adaptive Steering. Unlike the older unit, this iteration can make up to 1,000 adjustments per second and works hand in hand with an all new Dynamic Digital Suspension system (DDS) that allows the driver to quickly alter the firmness of the suspension at the flick of a switch. The system also features software that scans the movement of the shock absorbers to help soak up bumps and road imperfections.

Look for the 2016 Infiniti Q50 to make its official debut in January at the North American 2016 Infiniti Q50International Auto Show in Detroit. After it makes its debut under the lights, it will go on sale across the U.S in the middle part of 2016. Pricing information and formal performance figures will not be released until it’s formal launch, but look for these figures to be on par with other established rivals.

 

Hyundai’s Genesis Luxury Brand Unveils G90 Flagship Sedan

Following on the heels of a pair of teaser images that were released a short while ago, Hyundai’s new Genesis sub-brand has taken the veil off of its upcoming G90 flagship sedan at an event in South Korea.

Designed to replace the current generation Equus, the G90 embodies a bolder approach to luxury while still offering plenty of amenities and technology for buyers to enjoy. While the exterior styling is toned down somewhat versus the teaser images, the front fascia still channels a degree of aggression thanks to an all new crest shaped grille that features slick LED headlights and the brand’s all new winged emblem. A chrome laden belt line snakes its way to the decidedly more subtle rear end which features dual exhaust tips and takes some of its inspiration from the current generation Genesis sedan. Genesis (the brand) claims that this is part of its new “Athletic Elegance” design language and the new clothes should allow the G90 to do a better job standing out when viewed against established luxury rivals.

The interior of the Equus was packed with features, but it lack of refinement and a relatively bland design helped hinder it when viewed against rivals. The G90 aims to exorcise these demons, and offers a cabin that not only amps up interior quality, but also brings more polish and technology to buyers. Italian leather nicely offsets the real wood trim scattered through out, while the supple leather seats were fine tuned and certified by German back support specialists. The driver seat features 22 way power adjustments while the passenger seats boast 14 way adjustability. In addition, an all new “Smart Posture Caring” system positions the seats, steering wheel, heads up display, and outside mirrors to the drivers optimum position which encourages better posture and comfort while driving.

The infotainment system features a beefy 12.3 inch high definition color screen and promises to reduce button clutter  (a key Equus complaint.) A 360 degree around view monitor, Lexicon surround sound system, and inductive wireless phone charging also arrive as standard equipment and help ensure that the G90’s cabin is a very comfortable place to spend time in especially on long road trips.

When it came to performance hardware, The Equus only had one available choice a powerful but thirsty 5.0 liter V8. Genesis engineers wanted to expand the G90’s appeal and versatility with buyers and have equipped the car with three different engine options. The base G90 will arrive with the same 3.8 liter V6 that arrived in the 2016 K900 and will boast 311 horsepower. Mid level variants will get a turbocharged 3.5 liter V6 which brings 365 horsepower, while the range topping 419 horsepower 5.0 liter V8 is carried over from the Equus. Buyers that pick the V8 will be pleased to hear that a small boost of power is on tap and will allow the tweaked V8 to boast 429 horsepower (a gain of 10) and a 5.7 second 0 to 62 mph time.

Regardless of which engine is chosen, all three will be hooked up to an eight speed automatic transmission with power going to either the rear wheels or all four wheels. Look for the latter to be popular in the snowier parts of the United States where Audi and it’s Quattro equipped offerings have firmly established themselves as a top contender in these chilly markets.

In addition to its impressive amounts of luxury and performance, the G90 will also arrive with world class safety features. The extensive list includes blind spot monitoring, emergency braking with pedestrian detection, driver alertness monitor, and adaptive headlights. The KDM spec model also features an all new Highway Driving Assistance system that can deliver near-autonomous operation at freeway speeds. Understandably, we may have to wait a little while before the system is ready for our nations freeways but it does sound intriguing, and would make the G90 one of the few luxury offerings available with this particular type of technology.

Like other products the G90 will initially be launched in Korea under the EQ900 moniker, but will eventually find its way to other world markets (including the U.S.) where it will wear the G90 badge. After its arrival, look for five more models to join the Genesis model family including a two door coupe, a crossover, and a smaller G70 sedan that would compete with the BMW 5-Series, Mercedes E-Class, and the Audi A6. Also look for a 3-Series fighter to eventually join the ranks but it is unknown when that model will make it’s formal debut.

Infiniti Previews Production Bound Q30 Crossover Ahead Of Frankfurt

With the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show fast approaching, Infiniti has taken the camouflage off of its upcoming Q30 hatchback, and has released a lone teaser image that provides a compelling glimpse at the five door, while also revealing what it is in store for many of its rivals when it eventually makes its way onto dealer lots.

The exterior styling thankfully retains much of the basic styling theme that was first seen on the Q30 concept, and does an excellent job of retaining much of what many fans loved about it. As before, the front fascia features Infiniti’s familiar rounded rectangular front grille as well as a chrome strip that runs along the leading edge of the hood. The headlights also retain their aggressive yet squinty appearance, and should do an excellent job of lighting up the night during spirited driving. The only noticeable change that we noticed is a slight adjustment to the lower air dam which has been raised higher than the concept. This is perhaps in a nod to not only production feasibility, but also mechanical ergonomics as well.

Unfortunately Infiniti only released a front three quarter angle view of the hatchback, and as a result it is currently unknown if the flanks and rear fascia of the Q30 retain the concept’s playful yet futuristic theme. However, it is important to note the C-Pillar which does appear similar to what was seen on the concept, and could also hint that the rest of the Q30 follows the same theme as the front end.

The changes however are much more dramatic when the Q30 is viewed alongside the its show car counterpart the QX30 CUV. This is especially apparent in the overall design where the QX30’s swoopy and curvaceous lines have been softened somewhat to achieve a more mainstream appearance. The front air intakes are also smaller than the concept’s, and are actually our favorite styling cue thanks to their slick design which makes them look less cartoonish than before.

After it makes its debut in Frankfurt, production of the Q30 is expected to kickoff by the end of the year in Sunderland England, with the first units expected to arrive early next year. In the meantime we look forward to the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show where we can see the Q30 from all angles.