2016 Infiniti Changes Announced: QX50 Gets Longer, 2-Liter Turbo for Q50, Q60 Discontinued

Q60 Concept 1 photo
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Infiniti has released full details about its 2016 model year lineup for the US market. While there are no all-new models being introduced, the changes are worth discussing.
Before we go any further, let's mention that the company is doing quite well, with sales up 22.2% in July 2015 and 10.1% for the year so far. Sales of the Q50 sports sedan totaled 3,807, an increase of 54.7 percent.

Starting from the bottom of the range, the Infiniti Q40 compact premium sedan has been discontinued. Sales have fallen dramatically, reaching only 8,000 units in seven months. The Q30 premium compact (hatchback) will take its place as the new entry-level model for the Infiniti brand when it arrives in showrooms in late spring/early summer 2016.

There were no demand problems with the Infiniti Q50, the only all-new sedan models the company has. Additional details will be announced in late 2015, but for now we're being told that a 2-liter turbo will be made available.

The engine is the same one you get on the Mercedes CLA 250, only it's been flipped around to fit a longitudinal setup. It will be available exclusively with a 7-speed automatic and should deliver a little over 200 horsepower. The news is hardly surprising, since the turbo engine is available in other markets and all Q50 come from the same factory in Japan.

For 2016, there won't be any Q60 coupe on convertible. A replacement is planned for the 2017 model year and will borrow styling elements from the stunning Q60 Concept shown at the Detroit Auto Show.

Seeing how popular the long wheelbase Q70 has become, the company decided to do the same with the QX50 premium crossover. The model originally known as the EX has been stretched by 3.2 inches, resulting in significantly increased rear seat roominess – including 4.3 inches of additional legroom and 3.9 inches of added rear knee room. Changes also include LED daytime running lights, 19-inch wheels, a standard moonroof and more safety systems.

The 2016 QX60 will not be revealed until the North American International Auto Show in January 2016. Considering the 7-seater is still new, we expect a minor update to take place. With 3,000 delivered last month, this is Infiniti's most popular "truck" and second most popular model after the Q50.

For more details, such as mpg updates and changes in trim, check out the press release below.
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