Infiniti

Infiniti For 1997

By Carey Russ

After a couple of quiet years in which the I30 was the only new product, Infiniti has some major revisions to its lineup. A completely new flagship Q45 and the division's first sport-utility, the QX4 make their debut this year.

Q45

Only the name is the same. Reflecting changes in the luxury car market, the 1997 Q45 is a entirely new car that shares only the name with its predecessor.

The new chassis is lighter and more rigid than that of the old Q45, and the suspension has been redesigned. A new 4.1-liter V8 engine produces more torque at commonly-used engine speeds that did the engine in the previous Q45. It is also quieter and more economical. The electronically-controlled automatic transmission has been upgraded. Antilock disc brakes and traction control are standard equipment.

In Infiniti tradition, the Q45 is offered in Standard and Touring models. Equipment levels are so high that the only options are heated front seats and a trunk-mounted CD changer for the Standard model.

QX4

Infiniti's first entry into the luxury sport-utility field is the QX4. It comes fully-equipped with a leather-and-woodgrain interior, upscale audio system, V6 engine with an electronically-controlled automatic transmission, antilock brakes, and the All-Mode all-wheel drive system. It is priced very competitively compared with other luxury sport-utilities. There are only three options: heated front seats, a power sunroof, and a sport package.

"MonoFrame" construction, combining the best characteristics of car-type unit construction and trucklike body-on-frame assembly, makes for a sturdy platform. A 3.3-liter V6 engine with first-rate low- speed torque characteristics provides power. The exterior is more highly styled than some other sport-utilities, and the interior is designed to Infiniti standards.

I30

Introduced in May, 1995, the I30 has been quite successful, being responsible for over half of Infiniti sales. It has only minor changes for 1997.

J30

Like the I30, the J30 is largely unchanged.

More Information from the Manufacturer

-->

On Sale Today



Home | Buyers Guides By Make | New Car Buyers Guide | Used Car Super Search | Total New Car Costs | Car Reviews Truck Reviews
Automotive News | TACH-TV | Media Library | Discount Auto Parts

Copyright © 1996-2014 The Auto Channel. Contact Information, Credits, and Terms of Use. These following titles and media identification are Trademarks owned by The Auto Channel, LLC and have been in continuous use since 1987 : The Auto Channel, Auto Channel and TACH all have been in continuous use world wide since 1987, in Print, TV, Radio, Home Video, Newsletters, On-line, and other interactive media; all rights are reserved and infringement will be acted upon with force.

Privacy Statement | Size Does Matter | Media Kit | XML SITE MAP | Affiliates

Send your questions, comments, and suggestions to Editor-in-Chief@theautochannel.com.

Submit Company releases or Product News stories to submit@theautochannel.com.
Place copy in body of email, NO attachments please.

To report errors and other problems with this page, please use this form.

Link to this page: http://www.theautochannel.com/