If you liked the G37, than you’ll love the Q50. At least, that seems to be what Infiniti is hoping. Luckily for them, the next-generation G—er, the Q50—has a lot more going for it than just a name that comes later in the alphabet.
For starters, take a look at the lines. Infiniti’s design team did an outstanding job of translating the looks of the overexposed-yet-still-lovely Essence concept car onto a production sedan while tying it into the rest of the Infiniti line. Hey, other designers shooting for a common theme with their model lineup, see how all of Infiniti’s cars look unique, yet they’re still obviously related? That’s how a brand should look.
In spite of the name change, the G37′s engine—the 3.7 liter 328 horsepower V6—sticks around for Q50 duty, in both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive forms. There’s also a new Q50 Hybrid model, which probably merges that same engine with an electric motor and a battery of some sort. Infiniti didn’t offer details about the hybrid, and quite frankly, we don’t really care about it. We’re hoping Infiniti keeps a manual transmission around (at least on the coupe version, whenever that arrives), but we’re not expecting it to return per se.
Since adding electronics that help the car almost drive itself is kind of the name of the game in luxury cars these days, the Infiniti Q50 recieves not one but two features that allocate a little more control of the car to our future silicon overlords: Active Lane Control™ and Infiniti Direct Adaptive Steering™. Active Lane Control uses cameras to help keep the Q50 centered in its lane on the road (we’re not sure how that differs from Infiniti’s current lane-departure prevention systems, but we’re hoping it’s a little less intrusive), while Direct Adaptive Steering, according to Infiniti, “allows advanced control of the Q50′s tire angle and steering inputs, transmitting the driver’s intentions to the wheels faster than a mechanical system.” So…it’s basically electric power steering, we guess. For what it’s worth, the system offers four different settings, thus ensuring you’ll never be quite satisfied with whichever one you pick.
Infiniti’s always done a great job with interiors, and based on the pictures, it looks like the Q50 should maintain that streak nicely. The insides come with not one but two touchscreens, for twice the Apple-esque style and twice the amount of fingerprint residue. We are kind of sad to see the physical control buttons go, though; it was always nice that Infiniti gave you redundant touchscreen and physical controls, and just from a tactile sense, their buttons were so fun to push.
But the proof of this particular pudding will be in the driving, so we’re looking forward to seeing how the Q50 holds up from behind the wheel. And as for the name, well, you can always buy a G37 badge on eBay. [via Infiniti]
2014 Infiniti Q50 Sedan Makes World Debut at North American International Auto Show
DETROIT- Infiniti today unveiled the all-new 2014 Infiniti Q50 luxury sports sedan at a press conference at the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Infiniti Motor Company Ltd. President Johan de Nysschen and Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer Shiro Nakamura presented the dramatically styled Q50, which goes on sale at Infiniti retailers in the United States and Canada in summer 2013.
“This morning we are about to launch Infiniti on a bold new journey, a new Infiniti brand direction built on a foundation of our past and guided by a clear vision for the future,” said de Nysschen. “And it starts right here today with the new Infiniti Q50, a vehicle that clearly crystalizes the design, performance and technology direction for a new generation of Infiniti vehicles.”
The 2014 Infiniti Q50 is the centerpiece of the Infiniti display at the NAIAS, which runs from Jan. 19th through the 27th at Detroit’s Cobo Center. Also featured at the Infiniti exhibit is the complete line of 2013 Infiniti cars and SUVs, along with an Infiniti Red Bull Racing Formula One race car.
The all-new Infiniti Q50 takes many of its seductive styling cues from the Infiniti Essence concept, with a tight, athletic appearance that blends low, wide proportions with excellent interior roominess. Inside, the Q50 interior offers a driver-centric cockpit with an array of premium comfort and convenience features, including the new Infiniti InTouch™ communications system with large dual touch-screens.
“We challenged ourselves with this new Infiniti Q50 to take another great leap in terms of proportion, Infiniti-ness and premium quality. It presents a new benchmark of Infiniti’s sedan leadership,” said Nakamura.
The 2014 Infiniti Q50 will be available with a choice of a refined 328-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 or new Q50 Hybrid featuring Infiniti’s Direct Response Hybrid System™ with Intelligent Dual Clutch Control. Both powertrains will be offered with rear-wheel drive or Intelligent All-Wheel Drive.
Two new world’s first production performance technologies make their debuts in the Q50 – Infiniti Direct Adaptive Steering™ technology and Active Lane Control™. The new steering system allows advanced control of the Q50′s tire angle and steering inputs, transmitting the driver’s intentions to the wheels faster than a mechanical system. Four different steering settings are offered, allowing customization by driver preference or road conditions. The Active Lane Control™ uses a camera-based lane marker detection system to further enhance on-center driving capability.
Infiniti recently reported a year-over-year U.S. sales increase of 21.8 percent for 2012, pointing to a strong sales forecast for the brand in 2013. Infiniti is currently sold in nearly 50 countries worldwide and is expanding its production base to three continents.
Said de Nysschen: “We are building a solid reputation for quality, customer care and cutting-edge technology. This new Infiniti Q50 is a hint of the fascinating products that will punctuate our future as we craft our brand and shape our destiny.”