Infiniti debuts refreshed QX60 crossover, Q50 sedan

Michael Martinez
The Detroit News
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Infiniti is redesigning its two best-selling vehicles.

The Nissan Motor Co. luxury brand on Tuesday debuted its refreshed 2016 QX60 crossover and Q50 sedan in advance of the 2016 North American International Auto Show in January. Through November, the current versions of those two models represent more than 60 percent of all Infiniti sales in North America, according to Autodata Corp.

The enhancements include three new engine options for the Q50, and a new front end and interior details for the QX60.

Among the Q50’s new engines are a 400-horsepower 3-liter twin-turbo V-6 that Infiniti says is its most advanced ever. It includes a compact, lightweight aluminum-alloy engine block and cylinder heads, gasoline direct injection system and a number of other features. It will be available in a new Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 model beginning in early spring 2016.

A 300-horsepower version will be available across all Q50 models in early spring.

The new VR-series engine family replaces the Infiniti 3.7-liter VQ-series V-6.

“The Q50 has been the heart of our Infiniti lineup since it was introduced two years ago,” said Randy Parker, Infiniti Americas vice president. “So now it’s only appropriate that we get Q50 drivers’ hearts beating a little faster with these advanced VR-series engines.”

The third engine will be a 208-horsepower 2-liter turbo incline 4-cylinder developed with Daimler that will be offered in late winter in base and Premium Q50 2.0t models.

Also available in late winter 2016 is the Q50 Hybrid, featuring a 3.5-liter gasoline-electric hybrid system with a net 360 horsepower rating.

The QX60 redesign includes a freshened exterior, a Q50-style front end and tail lights, and new wheel designs. The interior has revamped trim materials, seat quilting and a new gearshift lever.

It includes safety features like forward emergency braking and a predictive forward-collision warning system.

Infiniti will also show its QX30 and an all-new Q60 sports coupe this year at the Detroit show.

At the 2015 show last January, Infiniti unveiled its Q60 Concept, a precursor to a high-performance sports coupe slated to go on sale next year.

Infiniti sales in 2014 were flat compared to the previous year. Through 11 months of 2015, sales were up 12.4 percent to 118,405.

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