Infiniti, celebrating its 30th anniversary this month, plans to write a new chapter in its history with a range of electrified vehicles. But before that, consumers will get a next-generation Infiniti InTouch infotainment system in most of the 2020 models.
The list includes the Q50 sedan and the Q60 coupe (as recently announced, the Q70 will not return) as well as the QX50 and QX80 utilities. Even if it dominates the sales of the brand, the QX60 will not receive the new system, at least not right away. The reason? This model will be completely redesigned for 2021.
"After receiving feedback from our customers, we have greatly improved the functionality and usability of our system," said Eric Rigaux, General Manager of Product Strategy and Planning at Infiniti.
The Infiniti InTouch dual-screen HD system (eight inches up, seven inches down) now features a faster processor and a new Bluetooth module that makes it easier and more secure to connect the car to a phone. A new HD microphone also improves the quality of the voice during calls and voice commands.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are finally included as standard. Apple users can even rely on Siri to keep both hands on the wheel.
In models equipped with navigation, the system adds 3D maps, Satellite and Street views as well as nearby points of interest via Google. The vehicle also becomes a wireless access point to connect up to seven devices at the same time.
Remote updates of the infotainment system, including GPS maps, are possible once connected to the home Wi-Fi network.
Other changes for 2020
On sale now, the Infiniti Q50 2020 adds a base version called the 3.0t PURE that holds the same 300 hp turbocharged V6 as most Q50s. Another new version is the ProASSIST Signature Edition, which includes a black fin, a black double-arch grille with illuminated emblem, floor lighting and safety features such as a blind spot alarm, collision avoidance reverse and a perimeter visualization screen with detection of moving objects.
Expected next March, the Q60 2020 coupe will receive the new multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. In the Sport version, there will now be front and rear parking sensors as well as the other technologies mentioned above for the Q50.
The upgrade of the QX50 for 2020 is aimed primarily at safety while more systems are included as standard. There are also changes on the option set, a wireless Internet access point from the Essential version and 20-inch wheels available from the ProASSIST version.
As mentioned above, the popular QX60 remains virtually unchanged for the 2020 model year.
Finally, the big QX80 2020 will arrive on the market next month with several improvements. In addition to the new-generation infotainment system, there is a new seven-inch TFT display behind the steering wheel, a standard 17-speaker Bose Performance audio system, and two new exterior colors. All models will be equipped with the rear door warning system, blind spot and lane departure warning systems and the reverse collision avoidance system.