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2016 Infiniti Lineup Sees Changes, Including Two Models Out the Door

Nissan's premium brand, Infiniti, is changing its lineup for 2016 and will be halting production on two models while adding a replacement to one of them.

For the 2016 model year, Infiniti is making several changes to their line of luxury automobiles. The most significant of those include two models going out of production, the addition of a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine, some limited-edition runs for some models, and the addition of a new crossover.

The flagship Q70 sedan sees a package addition called the Premium Select Edition with its own accents inside and out, to include 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels unique to the car.

The big QX80 full-sized SUV in the luxury line gets a new Signature Edition with its own high-contrast, Saddle Tan interior. This will be limited to only 1,000 units for the 2016 model year and will likely sell quickly in Texas, one of the largest markets for the big sport utility.

A new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine will be introduced to the Q50 sports sedan late in 2016. Infiniti plans more for the Q50 and promises to announce those changes at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit come January. The QX60 luxurycrossover's changes will also be announced at that time.

Infiniti has ended production on the Q40 this year, dropping the small crossover in favor of the new 2016 Infiniti Q30 premium compact crossover coming in late spring of next year.

Similarly, the Infiniti Q60 coupe and convertible are being put on hold for 2016 with a new version, based on the concept shown early this year, coming in the fall of 2016 as a 2017 model. If it's anything like the concept we've seen, this will be a stunning new car. We are guessing that the new production Q60 will be shown in Chicago or New York next year, if it unveils at a U.S.-based show. Otherwise, we'll likely see it in Europe.