• Jan 26th 2009 at 5:59PM
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Take a quick glance at Infiniti's line-up in the United States. What's the most glaring omission? A range-topping luxury sedan or possibly a version of the GT-R to serve as it's sporting halo? Not according to John Capps, chairman of the Infiniti National Dealer Advisory Board, who says Infiniti dealers are pushing hard for another entry into the same near luxury segment where the G37 already competes along with another luxury crossover model. It seems that the EX, the automaker's latest CUV, is not selling up to expectations against rivals such as the Lexus RX-series due to its limited utility.

Up next for the automaker, though, are replacements for the M-series sedan and QX full-size SUV, which we surmise may come from a new platform since it's currently based on the Nissan Titan, which is slated to be replaced by a version of the Dodge Ram in a few years. On the green front, Infiniti is also said to have a hybrid on the way for 2010, though we're short on details as to which platform(s) will be so equipped.

[Source: Automotive News - sub. req'd]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      The next generation QX is supposedly just going to be a rebadged Nissan Patrol, which would actually be a great thing.

      The Lexus GX is nothing more than a rebadged Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, which is the Nissan Patrol's most direct competitor.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What is it with you guys using "it's" as a possessive? That topic comes up in every year of English class. Professional writers especially should know better.
      • 6 Years Ago
      EX35 = small tall wagon with very little rear passenger space, little storage space, and below class mileage. Infiniti isn't yet selling the 2009 version, making me wonder how 2008s are still sitting around...
      • 6 Years Ago
      maybe thats what they mean by "another entry into the same near luxury segment where the G37 already competes"

      imagine it: a compact RWD 2 door sedan with G37 dna and at the price of a moderately equiped Altima. i'd buy that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      if i were infiniti, i'd put more emphasis on developing a better interior for their cars.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You obviously have not been inside the new EX or FX.

        They have best in class interiors...
        • 6 Years Ago
        i'd say that the interior looks much improved, compared to previous years, but that center stack, however, is still as horrible as ever.
      • 6 Years Ago

      What about a new flagship Q to tale on the 7 Series,S-Class,LS etc.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is Nissan/Infiniti developing their own hybrid system? I don't expect Toyota is going to extend their Nissan HSD license to cover Infiniti.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ummm bring it on ?
      • 6 Years Ago
      AAAAAARGH, i love Infiniti's, but this is just stupid.

      IMO, what they need is;

      Q45 replacement
      Take the EX35, make it longer, and perhaps a little taller
      Give us a 2.5 or 3.0 liter V6 for the G (the majority of 3 series sales are 328's)
      And create an M3 killer, a G with the 5.0lt V8 perhaps
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree with most of those on your list except for maybe the M3 killer (though I'm sure that model would really strengthen Infiniti's performance cred).

        And a G30 with a smooth 250-hp V6 would be sweet. The G is already inexpensive compared to the Germans so a lower-line model would make the value proposition even better. Or maybe they should just bring back the I35...
        • 6 Years Ago
        I totally agree, with a few changes:
        Totally update the M (replace the 4.5 with the 5.0, the 3.5 with the 3.7, and bring the 7-speed all across the board).
        Kill the QX or move it to a unibody platform as a Mercedes-Benz GL-Class competitor (on the Q platform, not on the already overused FM (G, M, EX, FX) platform).
        Make a 1-Series competitor.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I really don't get the CUV/SUV craze, but I would have thought the CUV they're missing is a small X3/GLK size one.

      The EX isn't a bad idea, it looks like it may work for Toyota (Venza), but I don't think that it has the best styling and proportions.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well I would prefer a crossover replacement for the QX, but one of its hallmarks was being able to tow more than the Escalade for less money to boot, while on top of all of that being more fun to drive (relatively).

      Something GL-sized, perhaps a bit bigger, with the 5.0L from the FX50 and a larger torquier V-8 too (as well as the new twin-turbodiesel V-8) would all be nice choices.

      However, weren't they supposed to create a new QX from the new Patrol?
      • 6 Years Ago
      the crossover Infinit/Nissan is probably working on is what would compete directly with the Toyota Highlander/Lexus RX... something large, FWD based and with seating for 7 or 8

      also, why is the EX being compared to the Lexus RX? isnt the RX more comparable to the larger FX????

      i thought the EX was designed to compete with the BMW X3...
        • 6 Years Ago
        yeah... it replaced the propeller badge with descent design.
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