Infiniti is in the midst of a transformation, one that has this Japanese luxury brand modifying its naming convention, by bringing clarity and renewed purpose to its vehicle range. The first model to feature the new nomenclature is its Q50, a luxury sport sedan introduced at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week.
The 2014 Infiniti Q50 is a five-passenger sedan powered by a 328-horsepower 3.7-liter V-6 engine. Rear-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is optional. This engine is paired with a 7-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting capabilities.
A hybrid model, powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 gasoline engine will also be available. That model will feature net 354 horsepower.
The newest Infiniti does not offer a major departure from its current line, however updated styling cues are evident everywhere. A double-arched grille, a sharply creased hood, strong shoulders and firm, but flowing body lines define this vehicle. The new model, set for release in the United States and Canada this summer, sits on 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels that are set within all-season run-flat tire. Available are 19-inch summer or run-flat all-season tires.
New to the Infiniti line is direct adaptive steering technology, what the company says is a first in the world design. This layout features independent control of the sedans tire angle and steering inputs, offering much faster engagement or response times for drivers than conventional mechanical systems.
Safety features include active lane control that makes use of a camera to keep the sedan straight on course at all times. It is included with Infiniti’s lane departure prevention system, adjusting for lane drifts, uneven road surfaces and crosswinds.
Said Infiniti President Johan de Nysschen, The beauty of these advanced systems is to allow a more personal driving experience, with more input when desired and less intrusion of road imperfections in the steering wheel. These are just the start of a range of future technologies that are becoming a point of differentiation for our Infiniti customers.
Inside, the Infiniti Q50 features a telematics system with 24-hour personal assistant support. Infiniti advisors are always available to help provide driving directions, gauge traffic conditions, make travel arrangements, provide flight information, arrange for transportation, offer directory assistance, share weather forecasts, plan events, offer gift recommendations and more.
Leather seating surfaces, chrome and wood trim, electroluminescent lighting and heat treatments to the steering wheel and front seats is standard. This model comes equipped with a climate control system, power accessories, Bluetooth connectivity, a rear view monitor, a 14-speaker Bose audio system and active noise control. The latter helps maintain cabin ambience regardless of the outside road conditions.
The 2014 Infiniti Q50 sits on a 112.2-inch wheelbase. This sedan is 188.3 inches long, 71.8 inches wide and 56.8 inches tall. Its slippery design yields a 0.26 coefficient of drag rating.
Additional technical specifications, trim levels, prices and model information will be shared closer to this sedans release date. Auto Trends intends to share that information with you.
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