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Following suit of Honda and Toyota with their luxury brands Acura and Lexus, Nissan launched the Infiniti brand in 1989 with the Q40 sedan and M30 coupe. Infiniti has never seen the successes of its two luxury Japanese counterparts, though the arrival of the G35 in the early 2000s was a particular highlight.
Recent changes at the top have former Audi boss Johan de Nysschen rebranding the entire lineup to disassociate from the lackluster perception of the Infiniti brand in the US. As new products roll out and old products continue to evolve, all cars will be designated 'Q' and all SUVs will be designated 'QX', much in the same way all Audi cars are labeled 'A' and Audi SUVs are 'Q'.
Until it is rebadged the Q60, the smallest Infiniti lives on as the G37 Coupe and it is available as a hardtop or convertible, in standard or performance IPL trim. The current G37 sedan is still available in showrooms and it will be sold alongside its replacement, the Q50, until it is entirely phased out. The new Q50 carries over the 3.7-liter V6 from the old car, and offers AWD and a performance oriented Hybrid model as well. Infiniti's flagship sedan, the M, is available with the 3.7-liter V6 from the smaller cars, a 3.5-liter V6 hybrid powertrain, or a monstrous 5.6-liter V8 with 420 horsepower and 417 lb.-ft. of torque.
Infiniti's SUV lineup starts with the small EX37 crossover that introduced the world to the brilliant Around View Monitor system that uses four cameras mounted around the car to merge into one 360 image around the vehicle. The QX60 (formerly JX35) is the newest addition to the SUV lineup and is the first FWD vehicle from the company since the G20. The FX is an SUV with a strong emphasis on Sport. When equipped with the 5.6-liter V8, it's actually quicker than Nissan's old 350Z sports car.
Topping out the range is the beastly QX56 sharing a platform with the rugged foreign market Nissan Patrol. Controversy over the styling has largely subsided since reviews have been positive on the big 400 horsepower brute. See more... See Less