Infiniti reveals 2016 QX50 luxury crossover at New York International Auto Show

  • Updated 2016 Infiniti QX50, with extended wheelbase, increased interior room and refined exterior design, goes on sale at Infiniti retailers nationwide this fall
  • Infiniti QX30 Concept, which previews a future, all-new production  luxury compact crossover, makes North American debut at show

NEW YORK – Apr. 1, 2015 – Infiniti revealed two crossovers today at the New York International Auto Show – the updated 2016 QX50 luxury compact crossover and QX30 Concept. Both vehicles were presented by Infiniti Design Director Alfonso Albaisa.

The 2016 Infiniti QX50, which was one of the first luxury compact crossovers and continues to be one of the most powerful, features new exterior styling, an extended wheelbase and more than eight cubic feet of additional interior room. It is scheduled to go on sale in North America in fall 2015.

The QX50’s new front end brings its appearance more in line with the design language that first appeared in the Infiniti Q50 and Q70 – including its new LED Daytime Running Lights and LED fog lights. There’s also a new side sill design, a new rear fascia, LED side mirror turn signals and a new 19-inch wheel design. The QX50 wheelbase has been extended by 3.2 inches, with most of the gain – 4.3 inches of additional legroom – felt by rear seat passengers. Overall, interior volume has been increased by 8.3 cubic feet, including an additional 2.7 cubic feet of cargo space.

“The QX50 was one of the first luxury compact crossovers, foreshadowing one of the hottest segments in the auto industry right now. It was the first vehicle to offer our innovative Around View Monitor. And it remains one of the most powerful and versatile personal crossovers you can buy. The enhancements for 2016 keep it fresh and competitive,” said Albaisa.

As in previous years, the 2016 QX50 is equipped with a standard 325-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 engine and a 7-speed automatic transmission. It is offered two models – QX50 and QX50 AWD with Intelligent All-Wheel Drive – and with several optional equipment packages that have also been revised for 2016.

The Infiniti QX30 Concept, Infiniti’s design vision that will inspire a new premium compact crossover, cements Infiniti’s ambitions to expand into the this segment which is forecast for significant growth with the entry of younger, affluent customers.

Combining the sleek lines of the coupe with the command seating position and all-wheel drive of a crossover, the QX30 Concept is designed to be an urban explorer – one that stands apart in style and substance and in the sophistication of its proportions and form.

“The QX30 Concept’s sleek, exterior shape is composed of bold sections, each marked by deep, upward cuts – intersections that create Infiniti’s hallmark ‘dual wave’ effect,” said Albaisa. “The athletic silhouette is sleek and sinuous, and the aerodynamic design provides a showcase for QX30 Concept’s confident attitude.”

Inside the futuristic exterior, the warm, authentic and inviting interior is designed to engage emotionally with the vehicle’s occupants. All four seats have been streamlined, to convey a “suspended” look, evoking the feeling of taut and toned athleticism.

“By keeping the seats slim, we’ve enhanced the impression of shared space within the cabin. Because we have narrowed the typical expanse that exists between driver and passengers, the interior becomes a place for occupants to connect with one another. And, with its rich, brown leathers and soothing blue accents, the darker interior environment dovetails nicely with the sturdy, outdoors appearance of the exterior,” added Albaisa.

A production version of the Infiniti QX30 Concept has been announced as launching in calendar year 2016.

Infiniti continues strong sales pace

  • Record sales globally in Q1 2015
  • Growth in all regions
  • Q50 sports sedan with more than 50 percent increase

Hong Kong – Apr. 13, 2015 – Infiniti’s growth strategy continues to deliver strong sales results. The company had another record quarter with worldwide sales of more than 52,000 vehicles for the first quarter of 2015. This is a year-on-year increase of 12 percent, making it the best quarter in Infiniti’s sales history.

“These results are a strong proof point that Infiniti is on a successful growth path, establishing itself as one of the key premium brands globally. We have secured strong momentum and a strong foundation for the coming fiscal year,” said Roland Krüger, president of Infiniti Motor Company, Limited.

All four of the company’s geographic regions achieved positive growth. In the U.S., Infiniti’s biggest market, sales hit 33,800 vehicles, an increase of 8 percent compared to Q1 2014. In China, the brand’s biggest growth market, almost 7,900 vehicles were sold, an increase of 28 percent from the same timeframe last year. In the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) and Asia & Oceania regions, first-quarter sales increased 18 percent and 31 percent respectively to approximately 6,400 and 1,400 vehicles. In the highly competitive Western Europe market, Infiniti almost doubled its sales to more than 2,000 vehicles. This represents an increase of 92 percent and marks a new record for the region. Other regions, such as Mexico, South Africa and Australia, also achieved record sales for the quarter.

A successful product lineup keeps driving sustainable sales growth. The premium Q50 sports sedan – Infiniti’s top selling model – enjoyed more than 50 percent growth from the same period last year and increased its volume in every region of the world. Q70 achieved over 50 percent growth in the Americas and China. QX80, which is one of Infiniti’s top SUVs, saw 21 percent growth. In March, Infiniti launched a refreshed version of the QX50 in China. This vehicle has been presented at the recent New York auto show for the U.S. and will be introduced to other markets subsequently.

“We are pleased to see that Infiniti has made significant progress, transforming itself into a global premium automotive brand,” said Krüger. “We are confident that we will achieve another year of strong performance.”

Infiniti Vision GT displayed outside its online world for the first time

SHANGHAI, China – Apr. 28, 2015 – Last week at the 2015 Shanghai auto show, Infiniti held its inaugural Infiniti Design Night ahead of Auto Shanghai 2015. The evening occasion took place at the Shanghai Himalayas Art Museum.

Under the theme of “Aesthetics of Contrast,” Infiniti Design Night showcased three design concepts showing an exciting path to Infiniti’s future: the Q80 Inspiration (first shown in Paris, October 2014), Q60 Concept (Detroit, January 2015), and the Vision Gran Turismo designed especially for the latest Gran Turismo® 6™ video game.

This was the first time the Vision GT was displayed as a real “flesh and bones” concept car, having only been seen and experienced digitally in GT6 prior to this event.

The dramatic Infiniti Concept Vision Gran Turismo

The Infiniti Concept Vision Gran Turismo is a vision of what a high performance Infiniti could look like in the future. Available for download in GT6 exclusively on the PlayStation®3 system, it was created through close collaboration with the creators of Gran Turismo®, the racing game franchise developed by Polyphony Digital Inc. that has sold more than 72 million copies worldwide.

The virtual concept car began as an ambitious global Infiniti Design competition to “design a pure Infiniti GT car,” which Infiniti’s Design team in Beijing won. Part beauty, part beast, its shape is powerful, sensual and audacious – articulating the team’s ambitious racing language for Infiniti.

The team kept to Infiniti’s design language and added some Chinese influences to the Infiniti Concept Vision Gran Turismo. The fluid movement and the delicate gradation of the body are inspired by traditional Chinese calligraphy and landscape paintings, while the character lines uninhibitedly flowing through the car reflect the dynamism of China.

Up front, the Infiniti Concept Vision Gran Turismo sports a sharp visage and a wide grille, giving it a wild and powerful look. The curves of the fenders wrap around the tires, and the car appears ready to pounce.

The design development of the Infiniti Concept Vision Gran Turismo started with hand sketching, then refined digitally, refined again by hand sculpting, and then returned to digital for final refinement.

“The Q80 Inspiration, the Q60 Concept and the Infiniti Concept Vision Gran Turismo are all thematically different,” said Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti Executive Design Director. “Yet the same thread of handcrafted artistry weaves through them, and they all speak with one Infiniti design language.”