From Infiniti press: In the last year of production for this second generation model, the 2001 Q45 receives a series of interior and exterior enhancements – many of which were introduced on the special 2000 Anniversary Edition. An all-new third generation Q45 will go on sale in March 2001 as a 2002 model.
For 2001, the Luxury Model returns (replacing the Anniversary Edition). Both the Luxury Model and Touring Model (Q45t) now offer body color door handles, genuine Bird’s Eye maple wood trim, a new wood (simulated) and leather steering wheel. The 2001 Touring Model also receives standard bright-finish 17-inch wheels.
Like last year, the 2001 Q45 also features a 100,000-mile tune-up interval, front seat active head restraints, one-touch auto-up/down front windows with safety reverse, one-touch auto-open/close sunroof with safety reverse and innovative, optional Birdview™ navigation system.
The Q45 offers an advanced 4.1-liter 32-valve DOHC V8 as standard equipment. The engine provides responsive acceleration, smooth and quiet operation and low maintenance, yet still appeals to performance minded drivers as an exceptional higher speed tourer when the call of the open highway beckons. The 2001 Q45 delivers responsible fuel economy of 18 mpg City/23 mpg Highway.
The engine, rated at 266 horsepower and 278 ft-lbs of torque, is mated to an advanced electronically controlled 4-speed automatic transmission. Owners will enjoy the added efficiency and value of 100,000-mile tune-up intervals.
A viscous limited-slip differential is also standard on every Q45, along with Infiniti’s Traction Control System (TCS). TCS provides excellent all-condition driving performance, automatically engaging to enhance stability and control when any one of the wheels is slipping.