For those who haven't yet heard about Infiniti's revised naming convention (cars now carry the Q suffix and SUVs/crossovers start with QX), it may seem as though the company has an entirely new lineup for the 2014 model year. Truth be told, the selection of 2014 Infiniti sedans, coupes, crossovers, and SUVs hasn't changed significantly, with a couple of exceptions. Most notable among the updates is the Q50, formerly known as the G37 Sedan and now sporting a fresh look, available hybrid powertrain, enhanced steering and safety systems, and improved comfort. Enthusiasts will be disappointed to learn that a manual transmission is no longer offered.
The other stand-out addition is the QX60 hybrid model. It joins the QX60, which was sold previously as the JX crossover.
Aside from some package tweaks and new colors, little differentiates Infiniti's remaining renamed models from their predecessors. Rounding out the 2014 ranks are the Q60, Q70, QX50, QX70, and QX80.
Infiniti's renamed G37 Sedan returns as the 2014 Q50, now sporting a fresh appearance, more comfortable seats, added rear leg room, and a new hybrid variant estimated by the EPA to average up to 36 mpg on the highway. The base powertrain includes a 328-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 engine mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission that delivers output to the front or all four wheels. Base, Premium, and Sport trim levels are offered.
Renamed Q60, the Infiniti G Coupe and Convertible models enter the 2014 model year with no real changes, save for one new paint color. Base, Sport, and IPL (Infiniti Performance Line) variants are available, all powered by a 3.7-liter V-6 engine.
The M flagship sedan, offered with the choice of a 3.7-liter V-6 or 5.6-liter V-8 engine, has been renamed the Q70. A hybrid variant is also offered.
For 2014, buyers who opt for the 6-cylinder power plant and the optional Sport package get an engine cooler as part of the deal.
While Infiniti's 2014 sedan, coupe, and convertible models are named with a Q, the brand's crossovers and full-size SUV carry the QX moniker. Starting things off is the QX50, or what was until now the Infiniti EX. There are no changes for 2014, meaning buyers continue to be offered base and Journey trim levels, rear-wheel-drive (RWD) or all-wheel-drive (AWD) capability, standard 3.7-liter V-6 engine, and EPA fuel-economy estimates up to 25 mpg on the highway.
All-new for the 2013 model year, the 7-passenger Infiniti JX crossover returns as the 2014 QX60 and brings with it a new hybrid variant. Available in front-wheel-drive (FWD) or AWD configurations, the QX60 features a standard 3.5-liter V-6 engine, while the QX60 Hybrid utilizes a supercharged 4-cylinder engine, electric motor, and Lithium-ion battery.
The 2014 Infiniti QX70 is relabeled yet otherwise nearly identical to the FX crossover it replaces. A Limited Edition trim level is no longer offered, leaving buyers with the choice of the V-8-equipped QX70 5.0 AWD or the V-6-powered QX 3.7 and QX 3.7 AWD.
The largest of all Infiniti models, the 2014 QX80 serves as the replacement for the virtually identical 2013 QX56. Despite the possibly confusing numerical change in its name, the QX80 continues to be powered by a 5.6-liter V-8 engine that delivers 400 horsepower and 413 lb.-ft. of torque.
For 2014, the QX80's Technology package has been upgraded with a backup-collision intervention safety system.