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More Details On Infiniti's Two New Models

By Nelson Ireson

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May 31st, 2010

2010 Infiniti G37 SedanEnlarge Photo

A few weeks ago rumors spread like wildfire through the scrubland that Infiniti would be unveiling a pair of new M models, but our sources inside Infiniti have shut that down, all but calling it fiction. Now new details have emerged that lead us to think it may be the G range that gets the improvements, including a new engine option that's more "performance oriented."

It's hard to knock the current 332-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 engine in the current G coupe and sedan, but there's definitely room for improvement, particularly if Infiniti wants to keep up with the German Joneses. Exactly what that more "performance-oriented" engine might look like, however, is still up in the air.

Possibilities include the Juke's new four-cylinder, direct-injected, turbocharged engine. While it's only rated for 188 horsepower in the Juke, everyone from Hyundai to Subaru has managed to extract something in the neighborhood of 300 horsepower from small-displacement turbo four-bangers. That's less power than the current V-6, and not likely much less weight once you figure in the additional manifold, piping, intercooler and turbo weight, but with an aggressive diet, it could yield a more high-performance overall car.

On the flip side, we could see a turbocharger applied to the V-6, potentially yielding up to 400 horsepower. Yet another option is the V-8 found in the M sedan, though that engine would add weight to the nose and likely prove a tight-to-impossible fit in the G's engine bay. Bottom line, we'll have to wait and see what comes.

But we won't have to wait long: the initial rumors said the pair of new cars would be shown off first at the Pebble Beach concourse, and the latest report pegs retail sales to start in October/November.

The second new model expected from Infiniti this year will be a "volume" model, that pushes Infiniti into a segment where they've "never played before." That likely hints at a smaller car, aimed at fighting the 1-Series and Audi A3-sized cars. Again, the details are still shrouded in the mist, but it can be expected that it'll be based on an existing Nissan platform, using existing engines, but dressed in prettier sheetmetal and trimmed in more impressive interior gear. This volume-oriented car may in fact be the one to get the turbo four from the Juke, offering a more economical entry point to the Infiniti luxury range.

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http://www.motorauthority.com/blog/1045660_more-details-on-infinitis-two-new-models

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What is interesting is how they want to call the low priced car the "volume model" just a nice way of saying cheap. Because the 1-series, A3, Volvo C40, etc don't sell in much volume. The G37 is their volume, just like the 3-series is BMW's and the E-class is often Mercedes' volume car.

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INFINITI TO LAUNCH TWO NEW MODELS THIS YEAR

By Drew Johnson

Infiniti’s United States lineup is a little thin when compared to its German luxury rivals, but the Japanese automaker has revealed that it will be adding two new model variations by the end of this year.

According to Ben Poore, vice president of the Infiniti business unit, Nissan’s luxury division is readying two new model variations for launch in October or November of this year. The new cars won’t take the form of new body styles, however, instead building on Infiniti’s current range.

Poore didn’t give away too much in the way of details, but did reveal one of the new models would be “performance-oriented”. Given previous reports, it is believed that the “performance-oriented” model will be based on the G37 coupe, and will involve a new engine option. Nissan’s new turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder has been confirmed for the Infiniti brand, but it remains to be seen if that motor can generate enough power for a high-performance application.

Poore said the other new model will compete in the “volume segment”, supporting previous reports of an entry-level G25 model. Based on the G sedan, the G25 will swap out the G37’s 3.7L V6 for a V6 displacing 2.5L, allowing Infiniti to lower the car’s price. The G25 is expected to produce 210 horsepower, placing it squarely between the Lexus IS and BMW 328i in terms of power.

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http://www.leftlanenews.com/infiniti-to-launch-two-new-models-this-year.html

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Well, I for one, am very curious.

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While I am not averse to Datsun products in general, I have not been impressed with Infinitis. When they get miles on them, their interiors turn to junk, and they don't hold very good resale value.

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