Infiniti QX4
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Make: Infiniti
Model: QX4
Infiniti QX4

The Infiniti QX4, and the similar yet rebadged Nissan Terrano Regulus, are mid-size luxury Sport Utility Vehicles launched in 1997 both as rebadged Nissan Pathfinders. The QX4 was introduced a year after Acura released the SLX and Lexus released the larger LX 450. This marks Infiniti's first entry into the SUV segment. The Infiniti QX4 was available in the North American market, while the Nissan Terrano Regulus was available in Japan. The major variances between these two models and the Pathfinder are mostly surrounding the more advanced four wheel drive system. However, there are also changes in terms of the interior design being more upscale, and the styling being more unique. The model is primarily a luxury vehicle, but it is quite capable of heading off-road on account of its low range four wheel drive system. The 8.3 inches of ground clearance also certainly helps. By 2001, the QX4 was ready for some upgrading. The QX4 received a new engine, which increased its power from a relatively weak 168 hp to a comparative 240 hp engine. The displacement went from 3.3L to 3.5L and the timing belt was replaced with a timing chain. Further, the more reliable ignition distributor was unfortunately replaced with a problematic individual coil ignition system. On the interior, the QX4 was also restyled to include features such as a new dash with an integrated clock, 17 inch alloy wheels and spiffy xenon HID headlamps. Also in 2001, in Japan, the Terrano Regulus shortened its name to Terrano and was restyled like the Pathfinder instead of the QX4. Sadly, the QX4 was discontinued in 2003, and its position in the market would be taken over by the G35 based FX35 crossover SUV. Well, if you are going to drive a gas-guzzler, it may as well be in luxury.

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