Acura For 2001
By Carey Russ
A second generation of Infiniti's QX4 sport-utility debuts for 2001. The company's sedans, the sporty G20, mid-luxury I30, and premium Q45, see mostly detail changes this year. An all-new third-generation Q45 will debut in mid-2001.
The newest version of the QX4 builds on the strengths of the previous model. It's been restyled inside and out, and there is a new engine under its hood. The 3.5-liter twin-cam V6, based on the 3.0-liter engine introduced in the 2000 I30, has 240 horsepower, 70 more than last year's engine. Although the "All-Mode 4WD system" is standard, two-wheel drive models are available for the first time since not all luxury SUV buyers need four-wheel drive. Both versions come with a leather-appointed interior, automatic transmission and Bose audio system as standard equipment. The optional GPS-based navigation system features a "Birdview" (tm) simulated three-dimensional map display.
The I30 was completely revamped last year, and so has evolutionary revisions for 2001. Steering wheel-mounted audio controls and other interior details add convenience, as does the available "Birdview" navigation system. It is offered in regular and sportier "Touring" trim.
2001 is the last year for the current generation of Infiniti's flagship Q45 luxury sedan, but it's no lame duck. The Luxury Model returns, replacing last year's Anniversary model. The "Birdview" navigation system is available on all Q45 models.
Infiniti's compact sports sedan is unchanged for 2001.
Infiniti Specifications 2001 QX4 ENGINE 3.5-liter V6 Peak horsepower: 240 @ 6000 rpm Peak torque, lb-ft: 265 @ 3200 rpm DRIVE TRAIN Front-engine, rear- or four-wheel drive 4 - speed automatic CHASSIS & SUSPENSION Semi-unit "Monoframe" construction Front suspension: independent strut Rear suspension: solid axle with coils springs BRAKES Disc/drum, antilock standard EPA ESTIMATED FUEL ECONOMY City / Highway: 15/19 Fuel tank: 21.1 gallons