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2017 Infiniti Q50 and QX80 Signature Editions: Chicago Auto Show

What Is It?

The 2017 Infiniti Q50 3.0t and 2017 Infiniti QX80 Signature Editions are special versions of the premium compact sedan and luxury full-size SUV, respectively.

The Q50 3.0t Signature Edition is propelled by a new twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that makes 300 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. It powers the rear wheels through a 7-speed automatic transmission, or there is the option of all-wheel drive.

This Signature Edition also provides several features that are popular with buyers, such as a moonroof with tinted glass, voice-activated navigation, real-time traffic alerts, full LED lighting and 17-inch alloy wheels with a bright finish.

The QX80 Signature Edition bundles 22-in alloy wheels with chromed side-mirror housings, a high-mounted clear-glass central brake light, Saddle Tan upholstery and advanced safety features.

These driver aids include a blind spot monitoring system, adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation with autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist and Backup Collision Intervention.

The QX80 Signature Edition can seat up to eight occupants, comes with rear-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive and deploys a 5.6-liter V8 generating 400 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. Exterior color choices are blue, gray, black or white.

How Much?

The 2017 Infiniti Q50 3.0t Signature Edition starts at $39,605. Pricing for the QX80 Signature Edition is still to be announced. The regular 2017 QX80 starts at around $65,000.

When Can You Get It?

This particular Q50 comes out in February 2017, while the QX80 hits dealerships in May 2017.

Add It to Your Shopping List Because…

Both of these versions represent desirable levels of equipment and have some cosmetic touches to make them stand out from the pack.

Other Cars to Consider

2017 Acura TLX — The TLX is the quiet one, but it’s still efficient, with good value and superb build quality.

2017 Audi A4 — All-new for 2017, the A4 offers plenty of technology, driving thrills and cachet.

2017 BMW 3 Series — There’s hardly a shortage of great cars in the premium compact-sedan class, but the 3 Series is one of the best in the bunch.

2017 Cadillac ATS — Don’t think that because it’s not German, it can’t be world-class. It totally is.

2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class — A new generation debuted last year, so it’s still absolutely fresh, luxurious and well-equipped, with plenty of great options.

2017 Lexus IS — The IS now comes with many advanced safety features as standard.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class — This is a spacious, luxurious and capable rival to the QX80.

Used Audi A6 — The A6 has so much going for it in virtually every respect. A certified pre-owned model will also have a comprehensive warranty.

Used Land Rover Range Rover — If a luxury full-size SUV that seats five is acceptable, the Range Rover is the godfather of them all.

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Colin Ryan
Colin Ryan specializes in writing about new cars. But he has also covered trucks, vans, 3-wheelers, even the occasional motorbike. That’s the kind of thing that happens while contributing to the Los Angeles Times, Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, Popular Mechanics, Variety, Mazda and Lexus customer magazines, as well as many enthusiast sites and publications. He was also a staff writer at BBC Top... Read More

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