Charting the Changes for 2014: Nissan Drops Altima Coupe, Infiniti Lineup Undergoes Full "Q" Conversion
In one fell swoop, Nissan and its Infiniti luxury brand have dropped a long rundown of changes made for the 2014 model year. On the Nissan side, there are new models by way of the Nissan Versa Note, NV200 compact cargo van, Pathfinder Hybrid, and the yet-t0-be-seen 2014 Nissan Rogue. The death list includes just the Nissan Altima coupe, which likely won't find a replacement. Most models have gotten a host of trim package and options improvements. The two highlights for the Nissan brand include the 2014 Sentra and Nissan GT-R. The Sentra, now in its second model year after being replaced with an all-new model, receives revised tuning to its continuously variable automatic transmission, revised steering and suspension tuning, some technology updates. The GT-R gets a new Track Edition version and revised engine and suspension for improved performance. On the Infiniti side, all names have been changed to a Q naming structure for sedans and coupes and QX for crossovers and SUVs. Most importantly, the Infiniti Q50, formerly the Infiniti G sedan, bows completely redesigned. The Q50 has a 3.7-liter V-6 with 328 horsepower as standard; a 360-horsepower hybrid is also available. It goes on sale this summer and features the first use of steer-by-wire in a publicly available car, completely foregoing a traditional steering rack for sensors, servos, and computers. Also hitting showrooms soon is the QX60 Hybrid, the more fuel-efficient version of the crossover that used to be known as the Infiniti JX. While V-6 models retain the familiar 3.5-liter engine with 260 horsepower, the hybrid system uses a supercharged 2.5-liter engine that makes 230 horsepower when combined with an electric motor. The gas-powered QX60 will be available this month (or you could buy the same vehicle in the JX35 now), and the QX60 Hybrid will be available starting in September. Source: Nissan/Infiniti
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