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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 ViroMan on 9/4/2012 5:46:49 AM , Rating: 2
You do realize that they do not have half of the mandatory safety equipment in those cars like an American car has to have, right? Crumple zones all over(thus compromising the integrity of the car...), sturdy cab that won't crush vertically when it flips, air bags... all kinds of stuff that will weigh down the car. A lot of cars made outside of America are NOT legal in America do to missing safety standards... not just because the steering wheel is on the WRONG SIDE. There are conversion kits for that. GET IT RIGHT YOU GUYS... LEFT IS RIGHT. ;P

Remember that crazy tiny car that got 70mpg and you could fit 2 people in it like a clown car? It was like a riding lawn mower with transmission and a cab. It was on here like 2 years ago or something like it...made in India. IF it ever makes it to America, it would need to go through drastic changes that would add substantial weight. Then on top of that... it would almost never sale except to maybe meter maids. Who wants to drive a car that a Yugo could run over?


By probedb on 9/4/2012 7:34:24 AM , Rating: 1
You really need to look at what cars are produced outside the US a little more.


By theapparition on 9/4/2012 2:20:35 PM , Rating: 2
At the core, he's absolutely correct. The US safety standards are the most rigorous in the world. Many European models won't pass US requirements.


By theapparition on 9/4/2012 2:20:55 PM , Rating: 2
It was made by Tata motors.


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