Nissan’s Luxury Line


Infiniti, Nissan’s luxury line, continues its legendary design, performance and technology with the all new 2014 Infiniti Q50. According to Infiniti President Johan de Nysschen, “This exciting new Infiniti Q50 stretches the boundaries of what a sports sedan can be, propelling Infiniti in a bold new direction.”

One of the iconic features of the Infiniti line is the ‘double arch’ grille design along with the arch roofline and crescent cut C pillar. Like its predecessors, the Q50 provides sporty aggressive styling with the distinctive LED headlamps and marker lights further highlighting the sharp outlines of the car. Other improvements include the narrow, roll formed, A and B pillar doors that help provide better entry and exit from the car and more space within the cabin itself. The Q50 contours of the body line provide better airflow and decreased drag with zero front and rear lift effects. All these exterior improvements have been designed to provide greater strength and agility for better overall performance.

The Infiniti Q50 would have two options for powertrains. While there is a conventional powertrain, the main focus of the line would be its hybrid powertrain system. The Q50 would feature the latest Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid System with Intelligent Dual Clutch Control. This system features a 3.5 24 valve DOHC aluminum alloy V6 engine and a one motor/two clutch motor control powered by laminated lithium battery array. The V6 engine provides an estimated 296 horsepower and can turn an estimated 255 lb-ft of torque. The electric motor on the other hand, is rated at 50 kW with an estimated output of 67 horsepower and turn 199 lb-ft of torque. Thus the net power output of the Q50 is at 354 horsepower, making it quick to accelerate with fuel economy in mind.

The Q50 powertrain is controlled by a seven speed electronically controlled automatic transmission, allowing for manual shifting or steering column mounted paddle shifters built from magnesium. Options include rear wheel drive or the intelligent All Wheel Drive system that Infiniti provides. The handling is governed by Infiniti’s four wheel independent multilink suspension where the front is a single pivot double wishbone design while the rear has a multi-link coil spring designed Dual Flow Path shock absorbing system providing greater camber stiffness and better riding comfort. The suspension is tuned for sport purposes, creating a more agile and stiff vehicle drive compared to its predecessors.

For safety, the Q50 has the very first Active Lane Control system that utilizes a camera based straight line stability system to improve vehicle stability and driving capability. This is a level up from the Lane Departure Prevention system to prevent lane drifting but also to adjust to driving conditions as well as road surfaces.

Let’s all wait for this new hybrid luxury car design from Nissan.

Infiniti Unveils Electric Vehicle


Nissan’s luxury brand Infiniti has recently unveiled at the New York International Auto Show last April 6 a production ready electric vehicle. The new vehicle is a departure from previous electric concept cars from the company, such as the Emerg-E unveiled in the Geneva Auto Show.

The Infiniti LE is now ready for the U.S. market and provides the luxury counterpart to the Nissan Leaf. The Leaf is one of the world’s mass produced electric vehicles. The LE though is about the same size as the flagship G sedan from the luxury brand. Compared to the Leaf, the LE provides leg room and large cargo space.

The LE also has the same battery size as the Leaf but has a bigger motor, rated at 100kW, delivering more horsepower providing impressive acceleration to the Infiniti. This vehicle also has a wireless charging system, giving a peek into the mass production of the wireless charging system for electric vehicles. This would allow drivers to dispense with plugging in to an outlet to having just a special pad in the garage to recharge the batteries. Even with the wireless charging system, the LE can still be charged through a CHAdeMO DC50kW quick charging system.

Even Carlos Ghosn, Nissan’s head honcho, has put his personal reputation on the line in supporting electric vehicles. He was also present during the introduction of the Infiniti LE, suggesting that the company puts a premium on this already elite model.

The electric motor provides 240 foot pounds of torque and uses a 24 kWh lithium ion battery mounted below the passenger compartment. The range of the LE is expected to be at 160 km and is assisted with a high rear deck, aero treated wheels, rear diffuser and spoilers at the front and sides, lowering overall drag coefficient. This is also one of the very few front wheel drive systems that the company has produced.

One of the major drawbacks would be the laid back design of the LE, a far cry from the very vogue design of the Emerg-E. The Infiniti LE is so laid back and run of the mill that could be one of the more common vehicles in any upper middle class garage throughout North America.

The normal looks of the Nissan Infiniti LE hopes to be the bridge that connects to the second generation of EV adopters. This second generation would be much higher in population compared to the first adopters who had bought in to the Nissan Leaf, leading to the continuation of the electric vehicle revolution.