Είναι η εποχή του χρόνου που οι κατασκευαστές ανακοινώνουν την γκάμα τους για το 2016 και η Infiniti δεν θα μπορούσε να αποτελέσει την εξαίρεση. Πριν προχωρήσουμε στις σημαντικότερες ειδήσεις από την ανακοίνωση της Infiniti, να πούμε ότι η μάρκα τα πάει καλά. Οι πωλήσεις της τον Ιούλιο του 2015 σημείωσαν αύξηση της τάξης του 22.2% σε σύγκριση με τον προηγούμενο μήνα και 10.1% για ολόκληρο το εξάμηνο σε σύγκριση με το αντίστοιχο χρονικό διάστημα το 2014.
Τι κάνει όμως η εταιρία για να βελτιώσει περαιτέρω τα νούμερα της; Πρώτον, καταργεί το Q40. Το επερχόμενο Q30 hatchback θα πάρει την θέση του στην βάση της γκάμας όταν κάνει την εμφάνιση του στις εκθέσεις στις αρχές του 2016. Δεύτερον, εμπλουτίζει την γκάμα του Q50 με έναν δίλιτρο, υπερτροφοδοτούμενο κινητήρα. Είναι ο ίδιος κινητήρας που χρησιμοποιείται και στην Mercedes-Benz CLA250 και θα είναι διαθέσιμος μόνο με 7-τάχυτο, αυτόματο κιβώτιο. Τέλος, για το επόμενο έτος δεν υπάρχει Q60 coupe. Ο αντικαταστάτης του αναμένεται να παρουσιαστεί εντός του 2016 και να λανσαριστεί στην αγορά ως MY2017, οπότε το μοντέλο απουσιάζει από την γκάμα για μία χρονιά.
Όσον αφορά τα SUV, η εταιρία αποφάσισε να αυξήσει το μεταξόνιο του QX50 κατά 8 εκατοστά ώστε να αυξήσει τον διαθέσιμο χώρο για τους πίσω επιβάτες. Οι αλλαγές στο συγκεκριμένο μοντέλο, περιλαμβάνουν επίσης LED φώτα ημέρας, νέου σχεδιασμού ζάντες ελαφρού κράματος 19 ιντσών, standard ηλιοροφή και περισσότερα συστήματα ασφαλείας. Όσον αφορά στο QX60 και πιο συγκεκριμένα, το QX60 facelift, αυτό θα παρουσιαστεί τον Ιανουάριο του 2016, στην έκθεση του Detroit.
For 2016, the Infiniti lineup in the United States expands once again, literally, with a new longer, roomier Infiniti QX50 premium crossover. With its wheelbase extended 3.2-inches, the 2016 QX50 offers greatly increased rear passenger room, as well as additional cargo space. It also features new exterior styling.
There are additional changes in store for 2016, starting with the addition of a new 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine for the Infiniti Q50 sports sedan available in the winter of 2016. Other Infiniti Q50 enhancements will be announced at the North American International Auto Show in January. In addition, revisions to the Infiniti QX60 luxury crossover will be announced at that time.
The Infiniti QX80 full-size SUV keeps it fresh for 2016 with a new Signature Edition, which includes Driver Assistance and Split Bench packages, Saddle Tan high-contrast interior, bodyside moldings and chrome mirror caps. The QX80 Special Edition is limited to just 1,000 units. The iconic Infiniti QX70 performance crossover enters the new model year unchanged.
And, following the introduction last year of the new Infiniti Q70 long-wheelbase model, the flagship Q70 sedan enters the 2016 model year with a new Premium Select Edition package for the standard wheelbase models, featuring unique exterior and interior accents, unique 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and a rear decklid spoiler.
Once again in 2016, all Infiniti vehicles come with Infiniti Personal Assistant™, a live 24/7 personal concierge service, included free of charge for the first 12 months of ownership. It’s part of Infiniti’s Total Ownership Experience®, which promises a uniquely enjoyable buying and ownership package – supported by features such as service loan cars, roadside assistance and trip interruption benefits. [For more information please visit InfinitiUSA.com.]
The enhancements for the 2016 model year are only the beginning. New production models based on the Q30 and QX30 Concepts are currently in development. The 2017 Infiniti QX30 premium active crossover and 2017 Infiniti Q30 premium active compact are both expected to be available in late spring/early summer 2016, followed by the 2017 Infiniti Q60 coupe in late summer/early fall 2016. Full details on these vehicles will be available at a later date. As part of the transition to the new lineup, the current Q60 Coupe and Q60 Convertible are ending their production cycles, as is the Q40 Sedan.
Key changes to the 2016 Infiniti lineup include, but are not limited to, the following:
Infiniti Q40 Production of the Q40 ceased in 2015. The Q30 premium compact will be the new entry-level model for the Infiniti brand when it arrives in showrooms in late spring/early summer 2016.
2016 Infiniti Q50
Enhanced powertrain and model offerings, including a new 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine Additional details to be announced later in 2015 Expected availability: Winter
Infiniti Q60 There will be no 2016 Q60. The 2017 Q60 – based on the Q60 Concept shown in early 2015 – will be available in late-summer/early fall 2016.
2016 Infiniti Q70
New Premium Select Edition available on standard wheelbase models (except Hybrid) Offered in five Q70 models: Q70 5.6, Q70 5.6 AWD, Q70 Hybrid, Q70 3.7, Q70 3.7 AWD Offered in four Q70L Long- Wheelbase models: Q70L 5.6, Q70L 5.6 AWD, Q70L 3.7 and Q70L 3.7 AWD Expected availability: November 2015
2016 Infiniti QX50
Standard wheelbase extended by 3.2 inches, resulting in significantly increased rear seat roominess – including 4.3 inches of additional legroom and 3.9 inches of added rear knee room Overall, passenger volume has been increased by 8.3 cubic feet, including an additional 2.7 cubic feet of cargo capacity Revised exterior with new LED Daytime Running Lights and LED fog lights, a new side sill design, a new rear fascia and LED side mirror turn signals New 19-inch wheel design New Premium Plus option package added, featuring Infiniti Navigation System, Around View® Monitor (AVM), Streaming audio via Bluetooth®, and Front and Rear Sonar System Power moonroof now standard on all models Heated front seats now standard on all models One new exterior color added (seven total): Hagane Blue Offered in two models: QX50 and QX50 AWD Expected availability: September 2015
2016 Infiniti QX60
Details of the 2016 QX60 will be announced at the North American International Auto Show in January 2016 Expected availability: Spring 2016
2016 Infiniti QX70
No major enhancements for new model year Available now
2016 Infiniti QX80
New QX80 Signature Edition – includes Driver Assistance and Split Bench packages, Saddle Tan high-contrast interior, bodyside moldings, chrome mirror caps; limited to 1,000 units (late availability) One new exterior color for QX80 Limited: Hermosa Blue (replaces Liquid Platinum) Offered in three models: QX80, QX80 AWD and QX80 AWD Limited Expected availability: October 2015
Following are features and specification summaries on each 2016 Infiniti model. 2016 Infiniti Q50 Summary Entering its third year in 2016, the Infiniti Q50 again offers distinctive design, engaging performance, world’s first technologies and unmatched levels of connectivity and personalization.
Details on the enhancements will be available at a later date.
2016 Infiniti Q70 Summary Infiniti’s flagship sedan features a refined exterior and interior, advanced safety technology and a choice of standard and extended wheelbase (Q70L) models. It is offered in a choice of 5.6-liter V8 and 3.7-liter V6 gasoline engines and a 3.5-liter V6/electric motor hybrid, along with RWD and AWD. Models/grades Five Q70 models: Q70 5.6, Q70 5.6 AWD, Q70 Hybrid, Q70 3.7, Q70 3.7 AWD Four Q70L Long-Wheelbase models: Q70L 5.6, Q70L 5.6 AWD, Q70L 3.7 and Q70L 3.7 AWD Models/grades Premium, Deluxe Touring, Sport, AWD Sport, Sport Touring, Technology, Performance Tire & Wheel, Premium Select Edition Powertrains 420-horsepower 5.6-liter DOHC 24-valve V8 (416 horsepower for Long-Wheelbase models), 330-horsepower 3.7-liter DOHV 24-valve V6, 360-horsepower (net) Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid™ System with 3.5-liter V6, 50 kW electric motor and Lithium-ion battery Transmission 7-speed automatic Drive configuration Rear-wheel or Infiniti Intelligent All-Wheel Drive System (Q70 Hybrid rear-wheel drive only) Suspension Independent double-wishbone front, multi-link rear Fuel economy City/highway/combined 18/26/21 mpg 3.7 / 3.7L 7AT RWD 18/24/20 mpg 3.7 7AT AWD 17/24/20 mpg 3.7L 7AT AWD 29/34/31 mpg 3.5L Hybrid 7AT RWD 16/24/19 mpg 5.6 / 5.6L 7AT RWD 16/23/18 mpg 5.6 / 5.6L 7AT AWD Key features Standard Japanese Ash wood trim (available silver powdered genuine White Ash wood trim), Infiniti Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition, SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription required, sold separately), Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, power sliding glass tinted moonroof and available premium audio and climate control systems Key technology Infiniti Drive Mode Selector, Active Noise Control, Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Blind Spot Intervention® (BSI), Eco Pedal, Active Trace Control, Infiniti Navigation System, Bose® Studio Surround® premium audio system, Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) systems, Distance Control Assist (DCA), Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Front Pre-Crash Seat Belts, Forward Emergency Braking (FEB) and Backup Collision Intervention (BCI)
2016 Infiniti QX50 Summary The Infiniti QX50 once again combines a sleek, sculpted, elegant exterior design, exhilarating driving performance and an engaging interior environment. Along with the addition of 3.2 inches to the wheelbase, the 2016 Infiniti QX50 also features a revised exterior that brings its design closer in look and feel to other Infiniti models such as the sporty Q50 sedan. Standard content has also been increased, including the addition of a moonroof for all models. Models/grades QX50, QX50 AWD Options/Packages Premium, Premium Plus, Deluxe Touring, Technology Powertrains 325-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 Transmission 7-speed automatic with Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) and manual shift mode with Downshift Rev Matching Drive configuration Rear-wheel drive or Infiniti Intelligent All-Wheel Drive System Suspension Independent double-wishbone front, multi-link rear Fuel economy City/highway/combined 17/24/20 mpg 3.7-liter V6 RWD and AWD Key features Standard leather-appointed seating, Intelligent Key with push button start, Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone System; available advanced audio systems, power up-folding 2nd row seat, power sliding tinted glass moonroof, auto-dimming inside mirror with HomeLink® Universal Transceiver, maple interior accents, power tilt and telescopic steering column, heated front seats, Infiniti Navigation, Bose® 11-speaker Premium Audio system Key technology Available Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Around View® Monitor, Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP), Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range), Distance Control Assist (DCA) and Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
2016 Infiniti QX60 Summary The popular 3-row / 7-passenger Infiniti QX60 is designed to push the boundaries of what a luxury crossover can be. Its unique features include exceptional seating flexibility and easy access to the roomy 3rd row (without having to remove a 2nd row child seat). Available advanced technology includes Infiniti Connection and Backup Collision Intervention™ (BCI) system.
More details on the 2016 QX60 will be available at a later date. Models/grades To be announced Options/Packages To be announced Powertrains 265-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 or 230-horsepower 2.5-liter DOHC supercharged 4-cylinder gasoline engine with 15 kW electric motor, Lithium-ion battery and Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid® system (250 total system horsepower) Transmission Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with manual shift mode Drive configuration Front-wheel drive or Infiniti Intelligent All-Wheel Drive System Suspension Independent double-wishbone front, multilink rear Fuel economy City/highway/combined To be announced Key features Emotive styling and craftsmanship, large overall passenger and rear cargo volume, access to 3rd row without removing a 2nd row child seat, Infiniti Connection™ and Infiniti Personal Assistant™, extensive safety and security technologies, available Bose® Cabin Surround® 15-speaker sound system with digital 5.1-channel decoding and Acoustic Waveguide subwoofer Key technology Around View® Monitor with Moving Object Detection (MOD), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP), Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range), Distance Control Assist (DCA), Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Active Trace Control, Backup Collision Intervention (BCI), Front Pre-Crash Seat Belts
2016 Infiniti QX70 Summary A fusion of craftsmanship, performance and SUV utility. Its aggressive styling and personalized driver’s cockpit serve notice of its performance underpinnings, with its long hood, stretched wheelbase, short front and rear overhangs and available 21-inch wheels and tires. Models/grades QX70, QX70 AWD Options/Packages Premium, Deluxe Touring, Sport, Technology Powertrain 325-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 Transmission 7-speed automatic with Adaptive Shift Control and available solid magnesium paddle shifters Drive configuration Rear-wheel drive or Infiniti Intelligent All-Wheel Drive System Suspension Independent double-wishbone front, multi-link rear Fuel economy City/highway/combined 17/24/19 mpg 3.7-liter V6 RWD 16/22/18 mpg 3.7-liter V6 AWD Key features Driver-oriented cockpit with intuitive controls, available sport seating, 11-speaker Bose® Premium Audio System, Infiniti Intelligent Key, Infiniti Navigation System, 8-inch color touch-screen display Key technology Available Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range), Distance Control Assist (DCA), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP), Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Around View® Monitor and Moving Object Detection (MOD)
2016 Infiniti QX80 Summary The Infiniti QX80 offers an unmatched combination of power, strength and premium style – capable of transporting up to eight adults and their belongings with spacious elegance. In addition to the ultra-premium QX80 Limited, a new Signature Edition joins the lineup for the 2016 model year (limited to 1000 total units). Models/grades QX80, QX80 AWD and QX80 AWD Limited Options/Packages Driver Assistance, Theater, 22-inch Wheel, Split Bench Seat, Deluxe Technology, Signature Edition Powertrains Standard 5.6-liter V8 engine with Infiniti’s VVEL (Variable Valve Event & Lift) technology and Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG™), rated at 400-horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque Transmission 7-speed automatic Drive configuration Rear-wheel or Infiniti Intelligent All-Wheel Drive System Suspension Independent double-wishbone front and rear, with Dual Flow Path® twin tube shock absorbers, stabilizer bars and automatic rear self-leveling system (air), available Hydraulic Body Motion Control system Fuel economy City/highway/combined To be announced Key features A high-stiffness frame structure that enhances ride comfort while reducing noise, vibration and harshness, 8,500-pound towing capacity (when properly equipped), standard 7-passenger seating, up to 8-passenger seating capacity with available 2nd row 60/40-split-folding bench seat (replaces 2nd row captain’s chairs and center console), leather-appointed seating for all three rows, available perforated semi-aniline leather seating surfaces, standard Infiniti Navigation System, Around View® Monitor with Moving Object Detection, Bose® 13-speaker Premium Audio System and available Bose® Cabin Surround® Sound System with digital 5.1 decoding and 15 speakers, available Theater Package with dual 7-inch color monitors Key technology Available Intelligent Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Departure Prevention, Distance Control Assist, Intelligent Brake Assist with Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Warning and Blind Spot Intervention®, Front Pre-Crash Seatbelts, Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS) with auto-leveling headlights, Backup Collision Intervention, Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW), High Beam Assist, LED headlights and fog lights