Your Guide to Infiniti's Naming Scheme

Hello all! I noticed that everyone has been upset with Infiniti ever since they renamed most of their models. I thought I would go ahead and explain the system, that way it’s as easy as 1-2-4!

(Did you know the Infiniti logo isn’t just a path heading towards an unreachable horizon, it’s also a 3D Pac-man about to dine “IN.” Get it?)

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Why did Infiniti get rid of the old names? Well that’s simple! While the G35 and G37 were super easy to remember, there was an issue with the SUV lineup. You see Lexus had (obviously in ascending order) the upcoming NX, RX, GX, and LX while Infiniti had the EX, FX, JX, and QX. Now the problem here is that when shopping for SUVs, regular people would try to search “FX SUV” they would get a message from Google asking, “did you mean: Lexus RX?” Of course every prospective buyer would say, “Why yes Google, that is exactly what I meant!” Thus is the story of how the Lexus RX became the best selling luxury crossover in the history of the universe. So Infiniti just decided to call everything QX because that bionic hippo of an SUV is unfortunately easy to remember.

The hardest part is over now! Let’s get into the always consistent and brutally apparent naming system that is the Infiniti Q and QX lines! Here are the rules:

1. Cars are Qs

2. Crossovers are called QX. The X stands for “Crossover” and the Q is because they’re cars too! We’re halfway done!!

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3. After the letters comes a two digit number that is divisible by ten. This is because Infiniti wasnt founded in Detroit, so they must obey the President of Europe and Other Places’ laws which forces Infiniti to use the metric system like rock chucking prehistoric Eurolanders back in 1491. That’s why all the Americans left Europe the following year.

4. If the number is larger then the model’s base price is higher!

Wow, that’s only four rules! Even my good-for-nothing alcoholic father would have come up with at least five rules before toppling over while calling Ralph Nadar a Baby-Saving Nancy. Let’s look at the lineup!

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The Q30 is a subcompact luxury car. The number 30 is a low number compared to 50, 60, or 70, so you know it’s cheaper. However, 30 is still higher than 20 and 10, thus signaling that you still can’t afford it.

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The QX30 is the same as the Q30, except with an X for crossover. That’s why you get plastic body cladding standard.

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The Q40 was the G37 with a badge that said “Q40.” That’s how they kept it cheaper than the Q50.

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There was no QX40 so you’ll have to put plastic around the wheel wells yourself.

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The Q50 replaced the G37/Q40, however it was more expensive and had some stuff which is why it was bumped up by 10!

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A compact like the Q50 but with body cladding standard. Well it must be the QX50 then. Yeah!

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Now that is some kind of sporty looking thing right there. Seems to be a car and looks to be more expensive than a Q50. Bet this is the Q60.

Let’s take a moment and remember our fourth rule: If the number is larger, then the model’s base price is higher. Keep this in mind because...

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The QX60 is a three-row crossover, as opposed to some coupe-like crossover that would be much more logical. It would be as if the cars and crossovers corresponded with one another or something, but that would be silly. Instead the QX60 is cheaper to start than the QX70 and therefore receives the lower number....for now, Muhahahah!

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Here’s the Q70. It’s well regarded as the car you forgot Infiniti makes. The Q70 also happens to be an executive sedan you can get with a 420hp, 5.6L V8 in either RWD or AWD configuration. When was the last time you cross-shopped this with a 5-series, CTS, or XF? All of a sudden the market for the Hyundai Genesis 5.0 Sedan makes more sense. *hence why it didn’t sell.

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Then we hit the crossover that’s to blame for many automotive design abominations. So what if it’s smaller and barely more expensive than the 3-row QX60? That roofline doesn’t come cheap my friend (though that side vent says otherwise).

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Currently we are without a Q80, however as long as it’s a car that starts at a higher price than the Q70, the system works.

I already placed a picture of the QX80 in this post, no need for another one. This behemoth is pretty much an Escalade for that person who remembers being nominated for Prom Queen but just wasn’t quite popular enough to win the dance with that super hunk Devin Sanders. However she did marry his tudor, so way to go! You were always smarter and way prettier than that skank Becky anyways!

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There is your easy guide for Infiniti’s nomenclature system. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go see if I can find that skank Becky on instagram and totally not follow her.

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