It looks like Infiniti is jumping on the all-electric car bandwagon and is reportedly working on an electric performance model.
The new EV will be revealed as a concept at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show to give us an idea of what we can expect of the production model, which is slated to arrive sometime in 2019.
In an interview with , Infiniti’s Design boss Alfonsa Albaisa confirmed that the new standalone EV won’t be related to the Nissan Leaf or any other vehicle in the Infiniti lineup and will instead ride on its own unique platform. It will, however, be partly inspired by the Infiniti Prototype 9 that debuted at the 2017 Monterey Car Week & Concours d’Elegance.
It’s not quite clear what form the new Infinti EV will take — will it be a sports sedan akin to the Tesla Model S or a sports coupe like the Emerg-E concept of 2012 (pictured)? — but Infiniti boss Roland Krueger revealed to the English publication earlier that he’s already driven an early prototype, describing it as “very good”. Why wouldn’t he?
What do you want the Infiniti electric performance car to be? Let us know in the comments section below.
Top Five Compact Executive Cars You Should Consider
The battle among the world’s premium car brands is as fierce as ever, with plenty of capable cars to choose from. Although , compact executive sedans remain the go-to models for buyers making their first foray into owning a luxury car.
Yes, such cars command a premium price, but know that you’re getting the finest balance of performance, luxury and technology. Without further adieu, here our pick of the top 5 compact executive sedans you should consider.
As far as luxurious elements and elegant appearance are concerned, it’s very evident that Mercedes-Benz has exceeded all expectations with the C-Class sedan, explaining why you see the model everywhere. The C-Class is made for those who appreciate cars with, well, class and don’t mind paying a bit extra for it. The dashboard has a simple yet elegant layout and is arguably much easier to manage than many other executive cars. The Mercedes-Benz C-Classis available at .
Not only is the latest Audi A4 considered one of the best executive sedans on the market, but it is also well-suited for sports-oriented drivers. The car glides through the narrowest and sharpest roads with little trouble, and there really isn’t much more you could ask for from a premium, executive fastback. For something more sleek in appearance, have a look at the Audi A5.
As the new kid on the block, the Jaguar XE has quickly risen to the top of its class in terms of performance. It’s not unusual for drivers to invest in Jaguar models based only appearance and the brand’s reputation — the XE is an attractive saloon inside and out — but they will be taken aback by its class-leading handling and abundant power.
BMW 3 Series
Essentially the face of the premium compact sedan segment, the 3 Series offers adjustable features that enable drivers to make the most of their ride, whether looking for a quiet and smooth experience, or a drive puts a smile on your face. Despite the cost of the BMW 3 Series, its power, ride and exceptional feature balance makes ir a model worth paying for!
Often forgotten in the midst of the big-name contenders, the Infiniti Q50 is Nissan’s successful upmarket brand taking on Europe’s finest. Its high-quality interior, gadget-packed cockpit and roomier cabin are just three reasons why it’s non-obvious choice for those looking for a compact premium sedan.
Infiniti Updates Its QX80 Land Yacht For 2018
Infiniti’s yacht on wheels, the QX80 SUV, has been updated for the 2018 model year, gaining a revised look that’s more in line with the company’s other models, more premium materials, and better convenience and safety tech.
Infiniti chose the Dubai Auto Show to introduce the 2018 QX80 because of the nameplate’s popularity in the Middle East. It’s a not a brand-new model, but it does look fresher than before thanks to a taller and wider grille flanked by sharper-looking headlights, a piece of chrome trim on the lower bumper, new taillights, and revised trim elements.
Changes to the interior include a new steering wheel, new stitching patterns on key places, new wood trim options, additional upholstery colors, and upgraded materials.
The land yacht’s rear entertainment system has been upgraded, with the screens in the backs of the front seats growing in size from 7 to 8 inches. It can now be accessed via the cockpit’s 8-inch touchscreen.
There are no major mechanical modifications to report, so the updated QX80 carries on with a 5.6-liter V8 engine that produces 400 horsepower and 413 lb.-ft. of torque, sent to either the rear wheels or — optionally — all four wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission.
In the United States, RWD models deliver a fuel economy rating of 14 mpg city and 20 mpg highway, while the four-wheel drive version gets 13 mpg city and 19 mpg highway.
The QX80’s safety tech has also been improved, providing a list of new driver-assist systems that include Lane Departure Warning and Prevention, Forward Emergency Braking, Intelligent Cruise Control, Distance Control Assist, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Warning and Intervention, and Backup Collision Intervention.
The 2018 Infiniti QX80 starts at $64,750 in the U.S. for the two-wheel drive model and $67,850 for the four-wheel drive version.
Here’s Why Japanese Luxury Cars Are So Weird-Looking
From Acura’s once controversial beaked grille to Lexus’ jagged, seemingly deformed front ends, to say that Japanese luxury cars are weird-looking would be an understatement. However, their polarizing designs are deliberate, and it’s all because of China!
Somewhere in the U.S., Donald Trump isn’t happy…
As it turns out, the Japanese haven’t been designing their cars for North American or Europeans. Rather, it’s the Chinese market they’re more interested in. Nissan-Infiniti chief creative officer and head of design, Shiro Nakamura, said as much in an interview with :
“The United States is slightly more conservative. China is a rather young market. They don’t know the name of the brand; they don’t know the quality, the performance. So visual communication is most important. In the first encounter, you judge visually.”
China is home to a dizzying number of both domestic and foreign brands, so automakers must do everything in their power to stand out. Chinese customers prefer “dazzle and baubles,” apparently.
Approximately 2 million luxury cars are sold every year in United States alone, just slightly above China’s 1.7 million units. Toyota’s Lexus, Nissan’s Infiniti and Honda’s Acura all expect China to soon overtake the US as the world’s largest premium car market, explaining why Lexus found it compelling to debut their recent, rather outlandish IS facelift at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show.
It’s also the reason why Nissan brought Chinese designers to its Japanese studios to help design the Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration, which also debuted in Beijing.
By the look of things, it doesn’t seem like the American, European and Korean automakers feel the same way… Who’s do you think is right?