The Infiniti brand should present its first EV in 2021.
All-new QX55 and redesigned QX60 will hit dealerships in the year.
Minor changes for QX50, QX80, Q50 and Q60.
After a challenging year on the North American sales charts, Infiniti plans to bounce back with an all-new model in its lineup as well as an exhaustive redesign of what’s been its most popular model over the past few years.
The luxury brand also recently celebrated its 30th anniversary and announced that five new products will be introduced over the next three years. In addition, its future banks on electrification, design and innovation. Here’s what to expect from Infiniti in 2021.
The Infiniti QX60 three-row crossover is due for a redesign, and it will get one for the 2022 model year. The company debuted the QX60 Monograph back in September, a strong foretaste of the production model that will be revealed in 2021. The current-generation model soldiers on unchanged for now with its 295-horsepower 3.5L V6 and available AWD, but production has ended, so there will be no 2021 model.
Meanwhile, the compact Infiniti QX50 has received a lukewarm consumer reception so far, but it has the design and the interior furnishings to stand out in the luxury crossover segment. For the 2021 model year, it receives a new paint colour, optional features made standard, an on-board Wi-Fi hotspot as well as an Appearance Package that dresses up the vehicle in black.
The all-new model to join the brand’s lineup is the 2022 Infiniti QX55, which is heavily based on the QX50. It shares the latter’s turbocharged, variable-compression 2.0L four that develops 268 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. AWD will be standard in both the U.S. and Canada, as will be a continuously variable automatic transmission. The four-door coupe-style crossover is a sportier alternative to the QX50.
The Infiniti QX80 full-size SUV enters the 2021 model year with new trim levels, more equipment, more luxury accoutrements in its cabin as well as the brand’s second-generation smart review camera mirror. A 5.6L V8 with 400 horsepower is matched to RWD and AWD systems though a seven-speed automatic transmission.
On the passenger-car side, the Infiniti Q50 sedan, which was introduced for the 2014 model year, gets a new Sensory trim level that matches some of the Red Sport 400’s exterior design with the 300-horsepower, twin-turbo 3.0L V6 of the more affordable variants, along with new paint colours and more active safety features. The second-generation Infiniti Q60 coupe, which arrived as a 2017 model, also gets new colours in addition to more standard features, and is still available in Red Sport 400 trim with a 400-horsepower, twin-turbo V6.
Last but not least, back in 2018, Infiniti promised it would reveal its first EV sometime in 2021, and by 2025, half of its global sales could consist of electrified vehicles.