The current Infiniti G has soldiered on since the 2009 model year with few updates, so it is about time for a design change. But how much longer do we have to wait? Inside Line reports that the new G will arrive next spring with a new design, fresh engines and a possible hybrid variant.

Nissan VP Andy Palmer reportedly let loose the G's tight time line, while providing room for us to speculate what engineering changes could come with the redesign. The high-ranking executive told IL that the partnership between Nissan and Mercedes-Benz is progressing as planned, and we know that a four-cylinder engine is among the early collaborative endeavors. In fact, just last week Autocar reported that the next G will feature diesel and four-cylinder engines with Mercedes DNA.

Such a powerplant could replace the 2.5-liter V6 under the hood of the G25, and turbocharging could be on order as well. Palmer added that a turbocharged six could also be in the cards, noting that there is a business case for blown sixes that deliver V8 power with V6 fuel economy. Given that the entry Infiniti sedan doesn't currently feature a V8 option, we're all for more G-power for 2014.

The last interesting tidbit is the possibility of a G hybrid model. The addition of a battery-assisted G makes sense given that the automaker already features a hybrid option in its M sedan, and using the powertrain in more applications helps lower development costs.


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      Mark
      • 2 Years Ago
      Current G started as a 2008 model. I welcome new engine options, but I bet Infiniti is asking themselves an important question - will their buyers pay over $50,000 for a G. The slightly improved IPL went over $50k and has been a sales flop.
        benjammin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mark
        I don't think 50k is unreasonable IF the performance matches the price tag. The problem with the IPL is that for a massive premium you get only minimal performance increases over the next model down. If Infiniti can get 400+ hp out of that engine then the price tag suddenly doesn't sound quite as ridiculous
        Du K
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mark
        You are all wrong. v35= 03-06 1st gen v36 sedan= 07-09 updated vq35"HR" motor with 306 hp and oil consumption fixed - 10+ vq37HR added to the sedan lineup v35 coupe= 03-07 1st gen coupe v36 coupe= 08-12 current gen with 7 speed (added 2010?) auto and 3.7 vq.
      graphikzking
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think Infiniti is is the same situation as Cadillac. Their 3 Series fighter is a tad bigger and to put such a low powered engine in there (2.5 v6) was a mistake. They should tighten up the G Series. Bring the weight in check a bit (maybe 75-150lbs lighter) shrink it ever so slightly. Then offer the following: (I See no reason for Non-diesel Mercedes engines unless they are developing a turbo 4 together) Nissan - Develop a 4cyl turbo - use it in the following: Sentra SE-R Spec V (260hp) Altima (higher engine option) 260hp Rogue (higher engine option) 240hp Juke R Model 230-250hp Murano Base 250hp Infiniti G25. 250hp Infiniti EX25 250hp Then bring a V6 options with DI etc. Maxima (330hp) Murano (300hp) G37 (340hp) M37 (340hp) FX37 (340hp) Future Q Series base engine. Shrink the G, M and bring back the Q Series. Put the GTR engine into a Q series as an IPL version. Then expand your Hybrids. Using the same as the M hybrid put it in the following: Altima Type R Hybrid - (from the Mhybrid) 0-60 in 5.1 seconds and returns over 31mpg combined. Who wouldn't love that type of hybrid? I'd be in line for one. G Series Hybrid M Series Hybrid FX Hybrid All their hybrids 30mpg combined. Your choice or midsize, fullsize or even small suv! Keep the Maxima out of the hybrid line!
        d
        • 1 Year Ago
        @graphikzking
        That was very well thought out.
      zizixx89
      • 2 Years Ago
      well i cant wait for the 2014 IPL-G sedan with the 530hp 3.7 V6 (not a GTR engine) (all new 3.7 V6)
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Old Timer
        • 2 Years Ago
        You obviously haven't tried one. No reason to buy over a Nissan? Try RWD and an interior that is miles above what you'll find at your Nissan dealer. The G may share a platform with its Nissan cousins but it drives completely differently.
        Mark
        • 2 Years Ago
        Funny you say this as there is no premium at the higher end. Work out your best deal right now on a loaded 370z versus a G37 coupe and you'll find the price almost identical. You can get a stripped 370z a lot cheaper, but then it is hardly a good comparison.. As to the sedan, there is no Nissan RWD to compare it to.
        Justin Campanale
        • 2 Years Ago
        Infinitis have better interiors, offer more power, and have more fun drives than Nissans. Almost up there with BMW in the fun facotr category.
        Justin Campanale
        • 2 Years Ago
        Infinitis have better interiors, offer more power, and have more fun drives than Nissans. Almost up there with BMW in the fun facotr category.
      JKM
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yawn... wha?
      Mchicha
      • 2 Years Ago
      So, Why would one buy an Infiniti over Mercedes is you get Mercedes problems in a lesser brand? At least with a Benz you look good while having expensive problems..
      MJC
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car is ready for an update, that's for sure. I would be sad to see the NA V6 go though. It's the best part of the car...exhaust note is awesome and it pulls like heck on the highway.
      Rick V
      • 2 Years Ago
      Correction: The sedan has soldered on since 2008. It was a great vehicle and I look forward to the next iteration.
        MJC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rick V
        Correction. It has SOLDIERED on since Nov. 2006. And it is still a great vehicle!
      peakarach1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Love the current G.
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      good. This means, I will be able to get a used current gen G for less.
        Twittavelli
        • 2 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        I am scared they are going to seriously F up the design language of it.
      Basil Exposition
      • 2 Years Ago
      This comment is not meant to be nasty or sarcastic, it is an honest question. I am wondering if someone who finds these models good looking could describe what they find attractive about the exterior design of the car. Again, I am not trying to slam the car, just trying to understand.
        Mark
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        The sedan is plain to me, but I find the curves on the coupe very attractive. One thing that annoys me about Infiniti is their terrible colors. Their red and blue is just a bad shade to me and they need a darker grey.
      vince
      • 2 Years Ago
      The sedan has basically been the same since fall of 2006 when the 2007s came out. They have tweaked the front fascia a little, hanged the center console inside, and moved up to the 3.7 liter engine/7 speed auto in 2009, but its basically the same.
        Du K
        • 2 Years Ago
        @vince
        Say what? It was completely redesigned for 2007. Instead of a DE motor, they used an HR motor with better internals and tid bits. It was ten time quieter than the v35 and handled loads better at the same time much more comfortable. the interior was on a whole new level. A lot was changed. It was on a completely updated chassis. By your logic, the 370z is pretty much the exact same car as the 350z and nothing has changed. Sorry the design did not please you.
          vince
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Du K
          The 2007 came out in the fall of 2006, my 2007 G35x is of the latest body style with the VQ35HR etc, was sold in November 2006. Since the new body style came out, they changed to the VQ36HR in 2009, and updated the center console and front fasica for 2010 or 11. Nothing really major.
          vince
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Du K
          Should say changed to the VQ37HR, need edit button
        Du K
        • 2 Years Ago
        @vince
        Get out of here. Saying they didn't change anything on the v36 sedan is like saying BMW didn't change anything from the e46 to the e90 sedan. The 07 models handles better, is more refined and quiet and over all a much much better car than the v35 it replaced. The v35 had a horrible engine (reliability), horrible interior, horrible ride and loud chassis. All that was corrected for the 07 sedans.
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