For the 2014 model year, Infiniti’s sports saloon is all-new and carrying its new moniker, Q50. The car will arrive on North American shores this summer and be available with with two different drivetrains.
Signature Infiniti exterior design features include the “double arch” grille, dynamic arch roofline and Crescent-cut C-pillar. The front end is decidedly aggressive, with a sport front fascia offered on the Sport models.
“The car reflects the direct influence of the concepts known as the ‘Infiniti Trilogy’, particularly Essence, while honouring the iconic design dynamics of earlier Infiniti sports saloons. The new Q50’s athletic and tightened appearance blends its lower and wider proportions with enhanced interior roominess to stunning effect inside and out,” said Shiro Nakamura, senior vice president and chief creative officer.
At launch in North America, two advanced petrol engines will be available, followed by additional options in other global markets later in the year. The Q50′s 3.7-litre aluminium-alloy DOHC 24-valve V6 is rated at 328 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque and features Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS) and Variable Valve Event & Lift.
The available hybrid powertrain features the Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid system with Intelligent Dual Clutch Control. It combines a 3.5-litre 24-valve DOHC aluminium-alloy V6 and compact laminated lithium-ion battery design with an innovative one-motor/two-clutch motor control. The V6 is rated at 302 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, while the advanced 50 kW electric motor is rated at 67 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque. The hybrid system’s total output is 360 horsepower.
Both powertrains are available in rear-wheel drive and Intelligent All-Wheel Drive layouts matched to a 7-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with manual shift mode and available steering column-mounted magnesium paddle shifters.
The Infiniti Q50 rides on 17-inch machine-finished aluminium-alloy wheels with 225/55R17 all-season run-flat tires. Also available are 19-inch aluminium-alloy sport wheels with 245/40R19 run-flat all-season or summer tires. Braking is provided by 4-wheel power-assisted vented disc brakes with 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution and Brake Assist. Also available are sport brakes with upgraded discs, 4-piston front calipers and 2-piston rear.