Infiniti will rename its entire model lineup, starting with the introduction of the successor to the G sedan, which will the company says will be badged Q50. The surprise announcement came Monday evening, with less than a month to go until the new sedan will be shown the public. The G coupe will become the Q60, and the larger M range will be called Q70.
While the Q prefix will be ubiquitous for Infiniti sedans, the company's crossover names will start with "QX". The entry-level EX will become the QX50, the JX will be named QX60, the FX will now be called QX70, and the full-size QX will be named QX80.
Infiniti president Johan de Nysschen said the "simple and consistent nomenclature framework" will help the company better market its offerings going forward.
"After exhaustive research and evaluation, we concluded that ‘Q’ captured the inspiration within the next generation of Infiniti models, as well as emphasizing our performance credentials while harking back to our heritage with the Q45,” de Nysschen said.
The 2014 Q50 will likely be available in summer 2013, and the rest of the lineup will be renamed shortly thereafter.