Nissan's luxury brand is in the midst of a reinvention—although this isn't the first time that Infiniti has sought to regroup and reboot.
Then again, none of Infiniti's previous efforts have had quite the global implications Infiniti has today. Perhaps more importantly, the brand hasn't had the potential for success that it could enjoy if its plans come to fruition.
For 2017, Infiniti's lineup adds two all-new models, the QX30 subcompact crossover and the Q60 coupe. The QX30 is essentially a Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class underneath, but it has its own styling and its own infotainment software inside. The Q60, meanwhile, is the two-door version of the brand's Q50 sedan. It's even more stylish than the already dapper Q50.
Elsewhere, there's not quite as much news to report, but every single model sees at least a minor update.
Infiniti Q60 in Cuba
Here's a more comprehensive look at what you'll find in an Infiniti showroom this year:
- New Sport trim level added to Q50 2.0t, includes upsized 19-inch alloy wheels, summer tires, special seats, and unique suspension tuning.
- Design Package added to V-6 models; includes upgraded semi-aniline leather upholstery, black headliner, and special wood trim.
- Red Sport 400 variant gains red brake calipers.
- Base model now comes standard with auto-dimming rearview mirrors, Homelink, and rain-sensing wipers.
- Premium trim level now comes with upgraded Bose stereo and more advanced automatic climate control system.
- Three new exterior colors added to palette.
- New coupe version of Q50.
- Available with same 2.0-liter turbo-4 and 3.0-liter turbo V-6 engines rated at up to 400 horsepower.
- Standard 7-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive; all-wheel drive optional.
- Premium Select Edition package newly optional on Q70L.
- New subcompact crossover.
- All models feature a Mercedes-Benz-built 2.0-liter turbo-4 with 208 horsepower.
- Available with a choice of front- or all-wheel drive.
- Base, Luxury, Premium, and Sport trim levels available.
- New 19-inch alloy wheel option.
- 3.5-liter V-6 updated; new version rated at 295-hp and 270 pound-feet of torque, up from 265-hp and 248 pound-feet last year.
- Upgraded infotainment software.
- Rear entertainment screens are larger and feature an HDMI input.
- Deluxe Technology Package now includes motion-activated tailgate, automatic high beam headlights, and auto-dimming exterior mirrors.
- Revised grille.
- Limited Package replaces Deluxe Touring Package.
- Two exterior colors added.
- Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection included with Driver Assistance Package.
- Trailer Sway Control added.