Close followers of the automotive world have voiced a common complaint over the last few years: the Infiniti lineup has grown stale. But the company has a plan for that. Nissan’s luxury marque used last week’s Japan Mobility Show (formerly the Tokyo Auto Show) to show off a brand renaissance of four new models, one a preview of its electric future. The slate of new cars doesn’t completely replace the existing Infiniti lineup. But it comes close.
Plus: Buying a new car? Don’t expect a bargain, even with more vehicles on dealership lots.An aging lineup with a few gems The luxury arm of Nissan
Infiniti was once known for sharp-handling sedans and coupes that threatened BMW
with their athleticism. A decade or so ago, it made a name for itself with lovely, well-thought-out interiors with elegant nods to Japanese heritage. Then Infiniti seemed to rest. Our editors rate the QX50, QX55, and QX60 SUVs all around four out of five stars for 2023. But most ride on architecture older than key competitors. The brand’s flagship Q80 rides on the bones of the 2010 Nissan Armada. And, while car shoppers in general have been slow to embrace electric vehicles, luxury buyers are the exception. Studies show they’re going electric faster than mainstream shoppers and are more likely to buy a second EV. But Infiniti dealers have nothing to offer them. That’s all about to change.Four new models This summer, the brand unveiled a series of design themes that weren’t actual cars, including a signature scent and a master track of sounds, meant to convey where Infiniti is headed. Last week, it followed up with glimpses of new cars. Infiniti unveiled last week what it calls “a comprehensive range refresh, signaling a product renaissance.” It includes four new models, two of which are officially concept cars and two of which are headed for showrooms, as you see them here. Plus: Check out Kia’s new EV concepts: Could the weird-looking EV4 replace the Soul?Remade QX80 flagship