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Infiniti will turn to turbocharged 4- and 6-cylinder engines, hybrids, full electrics

"And another one gone, and another one gone / Another one bites the dust"
 
Well, it looks as though the recently approved CAFE standards that aim to increase automobile fuel economy to 54.5mpg by 2025 have claimed another victim. Infiniti currently has V8 engine options available in its M luxury sedan, FX crossover, and QX sport utility vehicles, but that likely won't be the case in future iterations of those vehicles.
 
According to a report by AutoGuide, increasingly stringent fuel economy and emissions regulations mean that V8 engines are no longer on the table for Infiniti vehicles. V8 engines have traditionally been available in luxury vehicles as a symbol of prestige and power, but Infiniti will look to new ways to bring powerful engines to its lineup while still keeping fuel economy in check.
 
“I don’t think any car that is on Infiniti drawing boards from here onwards we should expect a V8 to be included in that plan,” Johan de Nysschen, Infiniti's global president.
 
Infiniti's 5.0-liter V8 produces 385hp, its 5.5-liter V8 produces 420hp, and its 5.6-liter V8 (truck-based) produces 400hp.


Infiniti to say good-bye to V8 engines
 
There are numerous directions that Infiniti can take with the absence of a V8 engine. Automakers like Ford already have twin-turbocharged V6 engines that develop 365hp while still delivering respectable fuel economy. Even Hyundai is rumored to be getting in on the action with a twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 which generates 395hp.
 
For entry-level and mid-range models will also see a shift in available engines as well. Infiniti's current workhorse engine is the 3.7-liter “VQ” V6, but Nissan is also working on a turbocharged four-cylinder engine to deliver comparable power and vastly improved fuel economy.
 
Other options for Infiniti include fully electric vehicles (like the LE Concept) and additional hybrid models (we’re hoping that Infiniti delivers a production version of the Emerg-E).
 
Infiniti isn't the only luxury maker to drop a V8 engine from its lineup. When Lexus redesigned its mid-range GS sedan, it dropped the 4.6-liter V8 engine option and instead launched the vehicle with a 3.5-liter V6 and a 3.5-liter V6/performance hybrid model for those that want the power of a V8.

Source: AutoGuide



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By soloburrito on 9/4/2012 2:56:02 AM , Rating: 2
The 2025 rule is not final, it's still only a goal. Also the CAFE numbers are quit a bit higher than the EPA numbers. 54.5 mpg (cafe) roughly equates to 36 mpg (epa). For 2020, the rule will equate to a 35 mpg (epa) fleet average. This number is flexible however depending on the types of vehicles being sold. If more pickups are sold, the target average goes down, if more compacts are sold, the target average goes up. It's a flexible system.

If fuel prices remain steady of rise steadily over time, drivers will see a return on fuel savings before the typical manufacturer warranty expires. Also this will result in less co2 emissions which improves air quality and will lower fuel demand/overseas oil demand which is a net benefit to the US.

If you think the EPA is full of hot air, look at some pictures of Beijing during their killer smog days. I'd rather have the EPA around than not.


RE: A corrupt U.S. government dictates the impossible
By Noya on 9/4/2012 3:38:28 AM , Rating: 2
And what about the increasing amounts of corn ethanol (watering down) of our fuel? That certainly lowers MPG as it has less BTU's per gallon.


By sorry dog on 9/4/2012 10:28:35 PM , Rating: 2
don't know why you got rated down.

It's more true than half the other crap in this thread.


By Pneumothorax on 9/4/2012 10:35:40 AM , Rating: 2
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by soloburrito on September 4, 2012 at 2:56
If you think the EPA is full of hot air, look at some pictures of Beijing during their killer smog days. I'd rather have the EPA around than not.


You do realize CAFE has no impact on smog forming pollutants, right?
Another beef with CAFE is that it should have to voted on by the legislative and executive branch. The executive should not have this much free reign on such an important issue.


By mellomonk on 9/4/2012 12:20:15 PM , Rating: 2
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You do realize CAFE has no impact on smog forming pollutants, right?


The hell it doesn't. If those cars in Bejing got double the milage, then they would be roughly burning half the fuel they currently do and produce a correspondingly less amount of pollutants. It is that simple.

As an auto enthusiast myself I feel a good deal of the arguments around CAFE. But as person living at this time, there is a bigger picture that I cannot ignore. Just like a little kid must learn you cannot have pizza at every meal, we as a society must adjust to a reality that we must adjust our transportation needs and wants to achieve a better future. A future that we all say we want for our nation and the world in general. The challenges of CAFE and crash standards force the industry to move forward rather then just responding to the fashion trends of a largely uneducated and uncaring marketplace. As a bonus, think how sweet that pizza is going to taste when it isn't eaten every day.


By Warren21 on 9/4/2012 2:48:55 PM , Rating: 2
You are joking, right? The generations of Americans in the early 20th century were all about "the greater good". They signed up in droves to protect the U.S. through two world wars, and in peacetime people knew that their job had a valuable contribution to society from garbage man to CEO. It wasn't shameful to be blue collar, like the university push of today might have you believe.


By Reclaimer77 on 9/4/2012 3:06:13 PM , Rating: 2
You're honestly comparing enlisting in the military to the obvious point of my post? Those men volunteered!! How is that comparable to Government MANDATES for the so-called "greater good"?

Those same men you are talking about were so against Collectivism it's not even funny. They signed up in droves to FIGHT IT! What the hell do you think WW2 and defeating those fascist dictatorships was all about you idiot.

You're trying to make the dumbest point ever.


By Spuke on 9/4/2012 6:11:43 PM , Rating: 2
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You're trying to make the dumbest point ever.
He does have a point here Warren. Volunteering and being forced are polar opposites. Sh!t, we could make this much easier by making the populace slaves of the government. Oh we can't do that because then we couldn't them of their money. Ok, indentured servants then. Nope! paychecks are big enough. How about making people THINK they are free while leaving them just enough rights to continue that fallacy. That way they'll still work and we (the government) can take most of their money away for BS AND they'll like it.


By Reclaimer77 on 9/4/2012 6:46:24 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah let me tell ya something, my late grandfather didn't fight on the Eastern front in WW2 so someone could tell him what he can put in his driveway. Or so he could be forced to pay for everyone's healthcare. No goddamn way!!

The argument Warren is making is just downright offensive.


By sorry dog on 9/4/2012 10:24:30 PM , Rating: 2
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I'd rather have the EPA around than not
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Maybe so...the problem is when morons like Ray LaHood get appointed to the department and start to take up political causes rather than the boring bureaucratic job Congress created them to do. Backup camera's in every car...no texting by passengers, etc.

The diversity of choice of vehicles has already been reduced dramatically since the 80's and 90's and these mandates have a lot to do with that. The development costs grow and grow, so these costs must be defrayed over larger production numbers the competitive on price. But the lower volume niche vehicles are being regulated out of existence. I think they won't be happy until each automaker only makes 4 vehicles: A pickup, a crossover Suv, a small car, and a tiny car....all with mandated black boxes.


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