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The Infiniti Q45 was Infiniti's first 4-door sedan ever produced.

Year-to-year changes[]

1991[]

In some ways, the Q45 and arch-rival Lexus LS 400 were the most important automobile models since the beginning of the '90s. They introduced the new "softer, gentler" way of marketing cars, proved that Japanese companies can build world-class luxury sedans, raised consumer satisfaction to previously new heights and also provided some fine automobiles to their lucky owners. The first cars were sold at around $38,000.

1994[]

Thanks to the weakening value of the dollar compared to the yen, Q45 prices have skyrocketed to $50,900 in 1994, but they were still competitive with the BMW 540i, Mercedes-Benz E420 and Jaguar XJ6. Physically, the Q45 was as large or larger than any of its competitors and, thanks to its 278-hp V8, capable of the same 150-mph performance.

The Q45 was given a new Jaguarlike grille, an airdam with auxiliary foglights, larger headlights, different taillights and more eye-catching trim. The leather-covered interior featured a 10-way power driver's seat and 8-way power passenger seat, both with power head restraints, a fancy Bose sound system and many other convenience features.

The sophisticated rear-drive chassis became standard with a limited-slip differential, power steering and ABS disc brakes. There were two upgrade packages sold as separate models: The Q45t added alloy wheels and a CD changer. The Q45a had traction control and the only truly active suspension system available on a production car. Traction control was an option on the other models. Bottom line, the Q45 was big, fast, comfortable and competitive with European 4-door luxury and sport sedans that costed twice as much.

1997[]

The Q45 was redesigned for its second generation.

Retail prices[]

Model year(s) Trim level List price Destination charge Effective date
1990 Standard $38,500
1991 Standard $39,000 November 22, 1990
1991 Standard $40,000 February 10, 1991
1991 Active suspension $45,000 February 10, 1991
1992 Standard $42,000 $400 October 13, 1991
1992 Active suspension $47,000 $400 October 13, 1991
1992 Standard $43,000 $400 March 1, 1992
1993 Standard $44,400 $450 August 31, 1992
1993 Active suspension $48,300 $450 August 31, 1992
1993 Standard $45,400 $450 June 15, 1993
1993 Active suspension $50,400 $450 June 15, 1993
1994 Standard $47,500 $450 October 1, 1993
1994 Active suspension $54,100 $450 October 1, 1993
1994 Standard $49,400 $450 January 10, 1994
1994 Active suspension $54,950 $450 January 10, 1994
1994 Standard $50,450 $450 May 2, 1994
1994 Active suspension $57,050 $450 May 2, 1994
1995 Standard $52,400 $450 August 8, 1994
1995 Active suspension $59,350 $450 August 8, 1994
1995 Standard $51,400 $480 March 3, 1995
1995 Active suspension $57,250 $480 March 3, 1995
1996 Standard $53,520 $480 August 18, 1995
1996 Touring $56,970 $480 August 18, 1995
1997 Standard $48,000 $495 November 4, 1996
1997–1998 Standard $47,900 $495 Q2 1997
1998 Touring $49,900 $495 Q4 1997
1999 Standard $48,200 $525 Q4 1998
1999 Touring $49,900 $525 Q4 1998
2000 Standard $48,895 $525
2000 Touring $50,595 $525
2001 Standard $48,895 $545
2001 Touring $50,595 $545

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