Infiniti Q50 unveiled at the 2013 North American Auto Show in Detroit
One of the eagerly anticipated cars at the 2013 North American Auto Show in Detroit was the new Infiniti Q50. Infiniti, part of the Nissan Motor Co., is replacing and renaming its whole line-up as part of the company's plan to establish itself worldwide as a premium auto brand. Therefore the luxury G saloon has been transformed in the new exclusive Q50 sports car.
The 2014 Infiniti Q50 will be available with two power-train options, a 3.7-litre V6 engine producing 328 hp of output and a hybrid electric model using a 3.5-litre V6 unit combined to an electric motor, which total power output comes to 354 horsepower. The car gets either rear or all-wheel drive and will be offered with a seven-speed automatic gearbox as optional.
Q50 boasts an aggressive nose with a three-dimensional grille and distinctive LED headlights. The sides have a flawless design and the arched roofline flows to the crescent C-pillar. The rear is characterised by strong lines and LED combination tail-lights and indicators as standard. The car measures 4770 mm in length and has a 2850 mm long wheelbase and has a low drag coefficient of 0.26, thanks to the Japanese engineers' extensive study of the aerodynamics.
The new saloon features the Infiniti Drive Mode Selector, which allows to select five driving modes, Standard, Eco, Sport, Snow and Custom. Also has a four-wheel independent multi-link suspension made of aluminium, which uses a single pivot double wishbone design for the front and a multi-link design with coil springs and Dual Flow Path shock absorbers for the rear.
The braking system 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 sport brakes with upgraded rotors, 4-piston front callipers and 2-piston rear are available as optional.
Q50 is the first model that boasts Infiniti Direct Adaptive Steering technology, a system that allows independent control of the car’s tire angle and steering inputs, and transmits the driver’s intentions to the wheels faster than a mechanical system. This technology improve driving performance as communicate road surface feedback to the driver faster in order to provide steering effort and the steering gear ratio flexibility. Also available Active Lane Control, which uses a camera-based straight-line stability system to further enhance on-center driving capability and improve vehicle stability.
The interior of the new Q50 is not just comfortable, but also modern and luxurious, with exclusive materials, like “Kacchu” aluminium and maple wood trim. The seats are ergonomic and made of fine leather. The cabin is packed with the highest technology available, Active Noise Control, a 14 speakers Bose Studio on Wheels audio system, Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control, Infiniti InTouch infotainment system with two large touch screen featuring navigation system, USB drives , smartphone connectivity system and apps downloading.
The 2014 Infiniti Q50 will be initially sold in the U.S. at the beginning of Summer 2013 and later in the rest of the world. Infiniti hasn't confirmed prices, yet.