Saguaro National Park: Hiking and Camping Near Tucson

Enjoy a great camping trip at Saguaro National Park.
Enjoy a great camping trip at Saguaro National Park.

Hop in your new Infiniti and explore the Tucson area today. This includes the Saguaro National Park, which is popular for many Tucson locals. You can hike, backpack, and camp in the area, which is far away from the loud city. Hiking and camping near Tucson has never been easier.

The Saguaro is a National Park located on the outskirts of town, making it part of the northern fringe of the Sonoran Desert. With tons of giant saguaro cacti in the area, the park has become a memorable location for many visitors.

There are a total of two districts at the park, according to the National Park System, which offer more than 165 miles of hiking and trails. You can reach over 8,000 feet in elevation, and pass acres of open area. You are not allowed to disturb plant or animal life when hiking, so be sure to bring everything you’ll need and to clean up any trash.

Special permits are required for backcountry camping, though there are also five designated camping areas in the park. These include:

  • Manning Camp (6 sites at 8,000 ft.)
  • Spud Rock Spring (3 sites at 7,400 ft.)
  • Happy Valley Saddle (3 sites at 6,200 ft.)
  • Juniper Basin (3 sites at 5,300 ft.)
  • Douglas Spring (3 sites at 4,800 ft.)

These sites aren’t accessible by vehicle, so be prepared to hike. Water is the most important resource to have, which is why these sites are located near creeks or streams. Nonetheless, be sure to bring your own water or purifying systems. Not all water is potable in the park. Let us at Infiniti of Tucson know how your camping trip goes!

2016 Q50 Engine Options: Four Cylinder, V6, and Hybrid

Which of the 2016 Infiniti Q50 engine options is right for you?
Which of the 2016 Infiniti Q50 engine options is right for you?

The Infiniti Q50 is a sporty luxury model, designed with performance in mind. New buyers can select from two unique engines, including 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter options with distinct combinations of efficiency and power. The 2016 model year also comes with a hybrid powertrain option, great for those looking to save at the pump.

According to Edmunds, the 2016 Q50 engine options start with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. This comes with a turbocharged system, generating up to 208 horsepower. This is paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission, as well as available all-wheel drive.

The Q50 also comes with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo 24-valve V6 engine, with dual-overhead cams and an aluminum block. This engine gets up to 400 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque, and it also comes with a seven-speed transmission and available all-wheel drive.

Finally, the Q50 Hybrid has a smart 3.5-liter V6 with an Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid system, including a 50-kW electric motor and lithium-ion battery system. This comes with the same seven-speed transmission, with up to 360 horsepower.

Test drive the Infiniti Q50 for you at Infiniti of Tucson in Tucson, Arizona today!

Infiniti Autonomous Driving Technology to be Available in Most Models

2016 Infiniti Q50

Infiniti is considering rolling out highway self-driving capabilities on most new vehicles, according to the company president, who made the announcement early last month. Self-driving technology will allow Infiniti to overtake its German rivals in the race toward creating fully autonomous vehicles.

A few brands have already rolled out autonomous or semi-autonomous features. Tesla, notably, has autopilot mode, while BMW and Mercedes offer driver assist technologies like automatic braking.

Currently, autonomous driving is available on just one Infiniti vehicle, the Q50 sedan, which allows for autonomous driving above 37 mph. Infiniti says that as they launch new cars for new model years, they’ll roll out the autonomous driving technology one by one.

Infiniti plans to encourage buying cars with autonomous technology in China and Hong Kong, where the brand is based, by supporting startups that are focused on smart transportation and encouraging app development that goes hand in hand with autonomous and smart driving, like an app that finds open parking spaces.

Infiniti officials are encouraging development of autonomous driving partly in the interest of reducing traffic deaths in highly congested areas like highways. Infiniti autonomous driving technology is expected to appear in upcoming Infiniti vehicles.

Visit Arizona LEGOLAND Discovery Center

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If you’re looking for a fun, family-friendly daytrip to take this summer in Arizona, think about visiting LEGOLAND in Tempe. LEGOLAND is a huge place with everything you could want—interactive exhibits, games, and even movies. Your kids will be entertained for hours, and so will you!

Tickets start at $22 per person and give you and your family access to the entire Arizona LEGOLAND Discovery Center, from the Merlin’s Apprentice ride to the LEGO City Play Zone to the LEGO Racers: Build and Test area, where kids can build cars and test their speed on race tracks. This is a great way for kids to learn math and science rules while having fun!

Kids can also learn about physics at the Earthquake Tables. Build a building out of LEGOs, put the building on the moving plates that mimic an earthquake, and see if your building stands. The Kingdom Quest Laser Ride is another fun ride for the whole family, in which the riders have to save the Princess by zapping the bad guys with their laser swords.

And while you’re at LEGOLAND, you have to check out the 4D cinema. The fourth dimension comes from its interactive environment, complete with snow and rain you can touch.

LEGOLAND is a truly unique experience your family will love, so don’t pass it up!

Why Buy an Infiniti Q50

Why Buy an Infiniti Q50

The 2016 Infiniti Q50 is here to impress. If you haven’t checked it out for yourself, you’ll want to! The Q50 has a lot to offer, and here’s some reasons why you should consider it:

  1. Style

You’ll definitely turn heads in the Infiniti Q50. It has dynamic sculpting that not only turns heads, but improves aerodynamics.

  1. Performance & Efficiency

A powerful 3.0-liter, V6 engine delivers an impressive 300 or 400 horsepower, still offering 26 highway mpg at 400 horsepower.

  1. Safety

The Infiniti Safety Shield concept gives you layered technologies to improve your safety. With driver-assist programs that help you avoid collisions before they happen, you’ll feel taken care of behind the wheel of the Q50.

  1. Size

While this sedan is small from the outside and easier to maneuver, it has generous space on the inside. It has space not only for the driver, but plenty of space for the passengers, too.

  1. Technology

You’ll get top intelligence with a Q50 Intelligent Key and an Around View Monitor that gives you a virtual bird’s-eye view of your car to make parking a breeze!

Test drive the 2016 Infiniti Q50 today at Infiniti of Tucson!

June 4th is National Trails Day

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June 4th marks National Trails Day, and in Arizona, there are a plethora of beautiful trails to celebrate on. The American Hiking Society started National Trails Day to encourage love for the great
outdoors. It’s the largest celebration of its hiking trails in the country.

In Catalina State Park, you can officially celebrate with a Moonlight Hike. You can participate on June 4th at Sutherland Trail from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for free and get free snacks afterwards!

Here are some trails you can explore on June 4th:

  • Santa Catalina Mountains
  • Rincon Mountains
  • Santa Rita Mountains
  • Tucson Mountains
  • Tortolita Mountains
  • Arizona National Scenic Trail

These are some classic scenic trails but if you’re looking for an urban trail, Tucson has plenty just minutes from the city:

  • Tucson Urban Loop: It has 55 straight miles of trails around Tucson.
  • Rilito River Park Trail: An 11-mile trail that winds along the scenic Rilito Riverbed.
  • Santa Cruz Park Trail: This trail’s on the bank of the Santa Cruz Riverbed and is a flat, paved trail.

And when you’re hiking, remember the safety basics: always brings tons of water, some snacks, and never wear boots fresh from the box! Making sure you have a reliable SUV to take you to your next adventure never hurt either 😉

2016 Infiniti Engineering Academy

Infiniti Engineering Academy
MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND – JULY 02: Sebastian Vettel meets the Infiniti Academy applicatants in action during an Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy day at Infiniti Red Bull Racing on July 2, 2014 in Milton Keynes, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

We at Infiniti of Tucson are proud to be part of a company that works to help individuals find their dream careers, and to do this, Infiniti has just recently launched the 2016 Infiniti Engineering Academy.

There was global search for the best student engineering talent for this program. Students from all over the world try to earn the opportunity to work in the Infiniti Engineering Academy and the Renault Sport Formula One Team. The academy is the technical recruitment initiative in Formula One, and the previous winners have been able to get their careers successfully started.

Once students are selected, they spend six months working at the Infiniti Technical Center for Europe, as well as the Renault Sport Formula One Team base in Oxfordshire. Being able to work at both of these companies gives the engineers a cutting edge advantage in the field.

Tommaso Volpe, Global Director of Infiniti Motorsport, said, “Year on year, we continue to strive to improve the Academy, and now, with our new and deep-reaching Technical Partnership with the Renault Sport Formula One Team, we can offer seven engineers a truly technically rich, multi-discipline engineering placement.”

This is a fantastic opportunity for young engineers to experience fundamentals of motorsport and automotive engineering.

New Design Premiered on the QX Sport Inspiration Crossover

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration

Infiniti just unveiled its new concept for the QX Sport Inspiration Crossover. The debut took place in China, and the vehicle is an example the brand’s new style for their utility lineup. The new style is called “Powerful Elegance” and uses flowing sculptural lines. These lines make the vehicles appear to have strong, muscular proportions.

The concept points to the looks of the next-generation of SUV vehicles. The body is widened, the grille has a double-arch, the headlights appear to be “human eyes” and have a flourish of feathery jeweled lighting which looks a bit like eyelashes.

There are also strong character lines in the side paneling, and the shorter front and rear overhangs give the vehicle a more sporty appearance. Infiniti Executive Design Director Alfonso Albaisa said, “The exterior design will appeal to an artistic sensibility. It has a more flowing, natural aesthetic than that evident in traditional premium SUVs.”

We at Infiniti of Tucson believe that the new QX Sport Inspiration showcases a fantastic new design philosophy and cannot wait to see the design become implemented across the SUV lineup.

2017 Infiniti QX70 Limited Reveal at NYIAS

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration

Among the many new cars shown at the New York International Auto Show last month, the 2017 Infiniti QX70 Limited reveal garnered attention by putting a new twist on the popular QX70 luxury performance crossover.

The QX70 Limited offers an array of premium accessories both inside and out, making the already feature-packed crossover even more refined and stylish. A new front fascia, grille design, and LED headlights give the Limited a fresh look, and dark finish on the mirror housings and rear lamps add to its refinement.

Inside, the QX70 Limited features special color accents, like graphite and stone interior treatments, wood trim, and aluminum on the pedals and dashboard. Technology-wise, the QX70 Limited comes with an Around View Monitoring System with Moving Object Detection, Lane Departure Warning and Prevention, and other innovative driver assist technologies.

Joining the QX80 in Infiniti’s Limited lineup, the QX70 will be in showrooms sometime this summer.

How to Protect Your Car in Hot Weather

2016 Infiniti QX50

With the weather warming up and summer approaching soon, it’s a good time to learn how to protect your car in hot weather. Heat is dangerous for vehicles just like cold is, so follow these easy tips!

First, make sure your battery is in good shape. Heat is killer to batteries, so if your battery is more than three years old and you don’t want to end up stranded with a dead one, have it tested.

It also helps to make sure your tires are properly inflated, since underinflated tires make more contact with the road and generate more heat, which makes tire blowout more likely.

Pay attention to the coolant—if it seems dirty or has particles in it, it might be time for a flush. Coolant is vital to keeping your engine cool in the summer! That goes for your other fluids as well, motor oil and transmission fluid especially. Check these regularly!

Finally, if the air conditioner isn’t working, it could indicate a larger problem, so if you notice low performance from your AC, have it checked out, and replace your cabin air filter while you’re at it.