Infiniti Announces What Buyers Can Expect in 2016
Infiniti is giving potential buyers a peek at what they can expect from their 2016 model lineup and what changes have been made to the 2015 model offerings.
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.
Infiniti has made the Infiniti QX50 longer, extending its wheelbase 3.2-inches and given the body new exterior styling. The extended wheelbase adds 4.3 inches of legroom and 3.9 inches of rear knee room. New exterior styling features include:
- 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
The Infiniti QX50 will be available in showrooms this September.
Among other changes, under the hood of the Q50 sports sedan, there will be a new 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine. Other Infiniti Q50 enhancements will be announced at the North American International Auto Show in January.
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 model year revisions to the QX60 will be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show as well. The QX60 is expected to be in showrooms in spring 2016.
This crossover will remain unchanged but receive a 2016 model year. Following the introduction of the Premium Select Edition package in the QX70 long-wheelbase model last year, the 2016 standard wheelbase models will have the option of the package, which features a unique exterior and interior accents, unique 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and a rear decklid spoiler. The vehicle will be offered in five Q70 models: Q70 5.6, Q70 5.6 AWD, Q70 Hybrid, Q70 3.7, Q70 3.7 AWD and four Q70L Long- Wheelbase models: Q70L 5.6, Q70L 5.6 AWD, Q70L 3.7 and Q70L 3.7 AWD. The QX70 is expected in showrooms in November.
The 2016 model will offer 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 and will be on sale in October.
New production models based on the Q30 and QX30 Concepts are in development. From Infiniti,
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.