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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 tecknurd on 9/4/2012 8:22:03 PM , Rating: 2
You may think that EV are not the second option because the time it takes to recharge batteries. EV can also run on fuel cells. EV can be recharged by hydrogen fuel stations.

The CAFE tackles one problem is currency. The cost of fuel keeps increasing while MPG stays the same. For me to drive 200 miles, it now costs $50 to $60 per week compared to several years ago which was half the cost.

If there are two cars. Car A with a MPG of 18 and car B with a MPG of 54. Both cars holds the same volume of fuel at 14 gallons. Send both cars on a infinite trip until they can not go any further. Car A will have a distance of 252 miles. Car B will have a distance of 756 miles. If I drive at an average of 260 miles per week, I will choose car B. It will give me close to three weeks until I have to go to the gas station. When it costs me up to $60 fill up the tank, that is a big savings. I can put $120 towards my savings account or something else every month. At the end of the year I would have $1440. That is a lot of money to me, but other people will think that is not much. Sure there is no such thing a car with a MPG of 54.


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