• Mar 18, 2009
Infiniti Essence Concept - Click above for a high-res gallery

According to Car and Driver, Infiniti is readying a direct-injection system for its 3.7-liter V6 and plans to implement it on the refreshed G37 coupe and sedan before the redesigned G arrives in the next three years. A variant of the twin-turbocharged, 3.7-liter direct-injected V6 originally shown in the Essence concept will likely appear in the redesigned M – due in 2010 – and will reportedly put out between 340 and 350 horsepower, but it will not be fitted with the duo of turbos.

While Infiniti recognizes that it could use a successor to the Q45 (the company's slow-selling full-size sedan last roamed U.S. showrooms in 2006) to compete with the likes of Audi, BMW, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz, the project may be stifled by the floundering economy. Infiniti dealers were evidently shown a concept in Japan earlier this year, assumed to be the next Q, which was essentially a four-door version of the Essence concept that debuted at the Geneva Motor Show. At this point, its future is uncertain.

Larry Dominique, Infiniti's veep of product planning in the U.S., wants to make sure that the automaker's resources are focused on its core products – namely the G and M series – but admitted that a QX56 replacement is in the works and will likely debut after 2010 once the redesigned Armada is released.



[Source: Car and Driver]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Okay, I know that NMC people check out Autoblog, so people let them hear your voice on the on-hold Q. I, for one, greatly approve that Nissan go ahead with the new Q in the form of 4 door version of the Essence coupe. I am sure that the great response that NMC received on the Essence SHOULD let them know that they nailed it. I certainly believe that the new Q should compete with the likes of the 4-dr coupe a la Merc CLS. The Lexus LS and Acura RL all aiming the traditional 4 door sedan format, the market is favoring the 4 door coupe form more than ever. The market WILL improve in the coming months and years, and NMC should be prepared for that. Heck, Audi is still developing the A8, and so is the VW with the next Phaeton (or so we are told), and Acura supposedly giving up on the RWD platform, this is the chance that NMC gear up for the final battle, in the flagship arena. A Q in the shape of the 4dr Essence is spot on, and our French colleagues should be more aggressive in that terms.

      Yes, it is the French that REALLY makes decisions at NMC, and with Renault having pretty no experience in luxury cars, I know that they can be a bit edgy about proceeding with things, but with Hyundai (Hyundai!!!) planning to launch the Equus flagship in about 2 years, Infiniti needs to be aggressive. Renault is Renault, and NMC is NMC. They are NOT of the same clothe, and the powers that be from Renault should recognize this in this context, not in the context of the French mind. I know a bit about Renault, since I did work there at the Techno Center Renault a few years back.

      All in all, Q SHOULD BE BACK, especially in the form of the Essence concept.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If the French make decisions for Infiniti rather than Nissan, then Infiniti is practically screwed. When was the last time we saw a semi-decent French luxury car?

        A new Q, rather than a QX, would be a worthy halo-car for Infiniti. I like the idea of a 4-door Essence, more fuel-efficient VK45DD or VQ37VHR. It should show what Infiniti is all about: style, sporty luxury at a good value.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If Audi can take their inline5 and pump 1.2 bar of boost for 335hp, 332ft-lbs (Audi TT-RS) then Nissan should be able to take their VQ25hr V6, add direct injection, twin turbochargers, 1 bar of boost, and get 325hp 325ft-lb
        Nissan 250ZX, G sedan, etc.
        and offer a highly oversquare (using 95.5mm bore & VVEL) 3.0 V6 285hp (that is just ripe for stroking to about 4 liters & 400hp)

        The Ford Focus RS 2.5 liters (no direct injection) 1.4 bar 300hp, 324ft-lbs
        and how much boost in the Subaru WRX STI 2.5
        • 5 Years Ago
        and maybe that will stop BMW from winning all the awards with their N54 (84mm bore x 89.6mm stroke)
        So a VQ25tt with a 85mm bore & 73.3mm stroke has some headroom to grow (400,500hp)

        Go Nissan!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I REALLY REALLY REALLY want to see the new VQ and a new Q (Q50?).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh, and I REALLY want to see the Essence in production too (Infiniti doesn't usually screw things up from the auto show to production).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow. That is a very nice looking car. Build it and I might buy it!!!

      As for the next Q or whatever, who really cares... As far as i can tell the M is the Q of old - a big luxury sedan.
      • 5 Years Ago
      that Essence concept is beautiful
      • 5 Years Ago
      I haven't heard anything about a new Q... Is this the same one: http://www.lakenormaninfiniti.com/infiniti-qx56.htm ?

      Either way, I like my G35.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh yeah the Infiniti-Lexus-Acura can beat the Merc, BMW, Audi trio if Acura can rise it's standards and bring back the NSX and RSX and make a TSX coupe not a stupid suv-coupe.
        • 5 Years Ago
        AMEN to that!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Uh... this isn't some big game of Japs-vs-Krauts. This is Infiniti trying to get market share from *all* of its luxury-brand competitors--including Acura and Lexus.
        • 5 Years Ago
        yeah how will the Acura SUV coupe compete with anything, oh i dunno, BMW has to offer?!?!?1
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOLZ @ Japs vs Krauts

        im sorry thats racist and wrong! :D
        • 5 Years Ago
        Racist........
        ......or Delicious?

        All I'm saying is sushi for dinner and German chocolate cake for dessert = WIN
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks really good, out of the Japanese companies I'm liking Nissan's styling the most...Always a bit of aggressiveness in there, the others are a bit bland/pedestrian.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nissan President?
      • 5 Years Ago
      i have a 2001 Q45t and it's the best built and performing car i've ever had, including MBs, Saabs, Toyotas, a Tbird and a Lincoln. i'll probably never get rid of it. there has just never been anything wrong with it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I hate to be the negative one, but looking at the list of cars that you have owned in the past, I would expect it to be the best lol. Unless you owned a "current" MB, and even then, it depends on which one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      twin turbo's at its only going to make 10-20hp more then the N/A version of the VQ?

      something doesn't seem right. did they mean 440-450hp?
        • 5 Years Ago
        "...but it will not be fitted with the duo of turbos."
        • 5 Years Ago
        "...and will reportedly put out between 340 and 350 horsepower, but it will not be fitted with the duo of turbos."

        Direct injection is responsible for the 10-20 hp boost. It won't have forced induction.
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