Reserve an Infiniti Q60, get wined and dined

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So this is something new. Infiniti is opening up a fancy reservation program for its2017 Q60 Sports Coupe. Customers who reserve one get “curated” — we hate this overused word — gifts, including a GoPro Hero4 camera, a Bose Wireless Music System, one night at a Rosewood Hotel, Tumi Tegra-Lite carry-on luggage and a “specially curated culinary experience.” Sign up at infinitiusa.com

The base Q60 with the 208-hp turbo-four starts at $39,855, including destination. All-wheel drive adds $2,000. The 2.0T Premium starts at $42,205 and stepping up to the 300-hp, 3.0-liter twin-turbo six will set you back $45,205. Unfortunately, Infiniti didn’t reveal the price of the high-performance Q60 Red Sport, which bumps output to 400 hp.

Standard equipment includes 19-inch wheels, LED headlights, Flexible Stop Position doors, eight-way powered sport seats, contrast stitching, Bluetooth and a rearview monitor. The Premium trim adds a power moonroof, an upgraded Bose radio and a few more bits and pieces.

Infiniti closes with a little more buttering up of its customers.

“Like the new Q60 sports coupe, we’ve selected Reservation Program rewards that fit Infiniti owners’ lifestyles,” said Randy Parker, vice president, Infiniti Americas.

So they’re a traveling bunch of music and extreme sports lovers who like nice dinners? Who knew? At any rate, we’re champing at the bit for the new Red Sport; we’ll get pricing for that at a later date.

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QX30 Not Quite Under 30: New Infiniti Crossover Priced

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What if we told you that you can purchase a brand-new Mercedes-Benz for less than $32,000? Because Infiniti is basically offering just that with its all-new $30,900 2017 Infiniti QX30

Sharing its platform and powertrain with the Mercedes-Benz GLA250, the swoopy Infiniti has a starting price that’s $2875 less than its fraternal twin. In fact, the QX30’s base price is lower than that of the Mercedes CLA250 sedan. All QX30s are powered by a Mercedes-supplied 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque paired to seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters, although Infiniti is quick to point out that the powertrain’s tuning is done by its own engineers.

In order to appeal to different market segments, Infiniti splits the QX30 into three distinct variants: the standard front-wheel drive, the high-riding all-wheel drive, and the dynamic Sport. All models include dual-zone automatic climate control, LED daytime running lights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and driver’s side mirror, and a backup camera.

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Standard front-wheel-drive models are available in base, Luxury, and Premium trims. Priced at $33,550, the mid-level Luxury adds a leather interior, heated seats, power seats for the driver and passenger, footwell lamps, and a rear-seat pass-through. Jumping up to the Premium trim adds $2700 to the price and brings with it a Bose audio system, a sunroof, roof rails, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and LED fog lamps. Meanwhile customers can add options including a navigation system, 19-inch wheels, an LED lighting package, and a Technology package (blind-spot warning, lane-departure warning, forward emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree camera, and self-parking), bringing the total price to $41,800. A Gallery White package can be added for $1250 to fully-loaded QX30 Premium front-wheel-drive models; it consists of a white leather interior with red stitching and accents, as well as a unique 18-inch wheel design and satin-silver mirror caps.

Along with standard roof rails, all-wheel-drive QX30 models include an additional 1.2 inches of ride height; restyled front and rear fascias; and model-specific side sills, wheels, and fender flares. Unlike the front-wheel-drive QX30, all-wheel-drive QX30s are only available in Luxury or Premium trims; the former setting customers back $35,350, the latter $38,650. Like the front-wheel-drive model, options such as a navigation system, an LED lighting package, and a Technology package can be added. A special Cafe Teak package ($1750)—which includes brown leather upholstery, as well as real wood trim and satin-silver mirror caps—is available on fully loaded QX30 all-wheel drive Premium models and brings the crossover’s total price to $45,450.

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Finally, the racy QX30 Sport sits 0.6-inch lower than the standard front-wheel-drive model (and 1.8 inches lower than the all-wheel drive QX30). Like its siblings, the Sport wears its own individual bodywork. Upping the performance factor are a set of cross-drilled brake rotors tucked behind 19-inch wheels wrapped in sticky summer tires. Inside, a flat-bottom steering wheel, aluminum pedals, and sports seats compliment the Sport’s dynamic nature. Navigation is standard, as is a 360-degree camera system and self-parking. The model starts at $39,450, though adding leather seating, the LED lighting package, and Technology package raises the price to $43,150.

2016 Infiniti QX80 4WD

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The crossover/SUV market is exploding in popularity and diversity, spawning new offshoots faster than a banyan tree in a time-lapse video. But Infiniti’s QX80 resides in what seems destined to remain a short tendril: the full-size, three-row luxury SUV. Of the dozens of crossovers of all shapes and sizes (and prices), this class is one of the most sparsely populated. By our count, there are just five (and a half): the Cadillac Escalade, the QX80, the Lexus LX570, the Lincoln Navigator, and the Mercedes-Benz GLS. (Our partial credit goes to the not-quite-as-opulent GMC Yukon Denali.)

As high fashion on a grand scale, the QX80 works quite well. The Navigator and, to a lesser degree, the Escalade employ gigantism as their primary stylistic philosophy. To us, they inspire the same sort of lust as bulldozers and off-road dump trucks—not that those don’t appeal to us. The LX570 is slightly more nuanced—until you get to the robot vacuum-fish face—while the Mercedes is handsome but restrained. The QX80 manages to gracefully transpose Infiniti’s swoopy, seaweed-swaying-in-the-current design language onto an XXL canvas. At least that’s how some of us see it. Others think it’s hideous. But it definitely isn’t conservative, which gets respect even from the nauseated crowd.

Limited’s Appeal

The QX starts at $64,245, with all-wheel drive adding $3100. You can move up the trim levels into the $70,000 range, but if you want it all with a little extra prestige, the $89,845 Limited tested here nabs unique Truffle Brown leather with silver piping and stitching, as well as quilting on the seats and center console. Matte-finish, open-pore ash wood trim is also specific to the Limited and complements the leather nicely. Overall, Infiniti’s upscale materials keep the interior design looking fresh even though it dates back to 2011. The front- and middle-row thrones are plush and comfy, but the seats sit high enough that our tallest driver’s head rubbed on the headliner, and it’s a big climb up to get inside. The middle row flips forward to allow easy access to a third row that won’t be comfortable for most adults, but wouldn’t be punishing for little ones. And the kids at least get a decent view out. Whereas the GM utes in particular have egregiously swollen C-pillars, Infiniti’s are maybe one-third as wide.

On the outside, the Limited gets a comprehensive darkening, with tinted lenses for the head- and taillights, smoked chrome trim, and a special dark finish on its standard 22-inch wheels that takes on a brownish hue in certain lights. Even if you disagree with the styling, it’s hard to object to the palette of our Hermosa Blue example.

It’s also hard to object to the QX80’s ride. Even on 22-inch wheels, it’s better controlled and damped than that of the Infiniti’s contemporaries. Grip, however, maxes out at just 0.72 g, which trails just about everything save the Mercedes’ G-Wagen. The QX80, riding on Bridgestone Dueler tires, sized 275/50R-22, managed to stop from 70 mph in 175 feet, which is decent for the class, but we noted a fair bit of fade by the time our fifth stop was completed.