On the Nissan side, there are new models by way of the Nissan Versa Note, NV200 compact cargo van, Pathfinder Hybrid, and the yet-t0-be-seen 2014 Nissan Rogue. The death list includes just the Nissan Altima coupe, which likely won’t find a replacement.
Most models have gotten a host of trim package and options improvements. The two highlights for the Nissan brand include the 2014 Sentra and Nissan GT-R. The Sentra, now in its second model year after being replaced with an all-new model, receives revised tuning to its continuously variable automatic transmission, revised steering and suspension tuning, some technology updates. The GT-R gets a new Track Edition version and revised engine and suspension for improved performance.
On the Infiniti side, all names have been changed to a Q naming structure for sedans and coupes and QX for crossovers and SUVs. Most importantly, the Infiniti Q50, formerly the Infiniti G sedan, bows completely redesigned. The Q50 has a 3.7-liter V-6 with 328 horsepower as standard; a 360-horsepower hybrid is also available. It goes on sale this summer and features the first use of steer-by-wire in a publicly available car, completely foregoing a traditional steering rack for sensors, servos, and computers.
Also hitting showrooms soon is the QX60 Hybrid, the more fuel-efficient version of the crossover that used to be known as the Infiniti JX. While V-6 models retain the familiar 3.5-liter engine with 260 horsepower, the hybrid system uses a supercharged 2.5-liter engine that makes 230 horsepower when combined with an electric motor. The gas-powered QX60 will be available this month (or you could buy the same vehicle in the JX35 now), and the QX60 Hybrid will be available starting in September.