Infiniti is the luxury branch of Nissan that produces a lineup of cars that toe the line between sporty/luxury. For 2014, Infiniti is wiping the slate clean and has changed the names of all of its models to a new naming structure, and is also introducing a new flagship sedan.
Infiniti tried to make this a little complicated, but we’ll try to keep it as simple as possible. Instead of different letters for names, all of Infiniti’s passenger cars will get the designation Q, followed by a number (for example, the Q50 replaces the G37 sedan). Infiniti’s lineup of SUVs is now designated by a QX, followed by a number (for example, the QX50 replaces the EX50 crossover). The numbers will no longer related to the engine size of each model, just their size/place in the lineup (smaller numbers for smaller vehicles).
The former G37 is being split – coupe and convertible versions will now be called the Q60, while the sedan has been redesigned and is now called the Q50. It also adds a hybrid version, the Q50 Hybrid, for more efficient motoring. The Q50 keeps the same powertrain, but drops the manual transmission, and also sports improved exterior styling, an upgraded cabin, and a new steering system.
The M-series of flagship sedans are now known as the Q70, with the M35h named the Q70 hybrid. For 2014, the model does not feature many changes and still offers V-6 or V-8 power and a long list of standard features, including plenty of technology.
The QX50 replaces the EX37, and the midsize five-seat luxury crossover comes well-equipped and also offers a few cutting-edge safety technologies, like the optional Around View Monitor system which uses cameras on the outside of the vehicle to provide a complete top-down view of the QX50 and eliminates blind spots when parking.
The FX line of “high-performance luxury crossovers” is rebadged under the QX70 model name. There are two engine options, a 325-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 or a larger 390-hp, 5.0-liter V-8. Rear-wheel drive is standard with the smaller engine, but models equipped with the V-8 get an all-wheel drive system standard.
Debuting in 2013, the JX35 crossover gets a brand new name as well for 2014: QX60. The seven seat QX60 has unique styling with rear side windows that pinch inwards. Inside is plenty of cargo and passenger room, to go along with a long list of standard features.
By far the largest vehicle Infiniti makes is the QX56 full-size SUV, now called the QX80. It seats up to eight passengers and was redesigned in 2011 to give it a look that makes it more similar to the other models in the lineup. The QX80 comes with a 400-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 and a seven-speed automatic transmission. The aforementioned Around View Monitor system is also optional and is very helpful on a vehicle of this size.