NEW FOR 2014:
– All-new model.
The Infiniti G is dead. Long live the Q50!
Taking over the position of entry-level Infiniti from the G37, the Q50 is a striking luxury sedan that demonstrates the Japanese firm’s expertise in performance, luxury, and technology. It competes against a crowded field that includes the Lexus IS, Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
New styling inspired by the Essence Concept gives the Q50 a steely-eyed look. The low-drag (0.26 cd) exterior’s curves cover the latest version of Infiniti’s front-midship (FM) platform, which is used on everything from the Q70 flagship sedan to the QX70 crossover. The suspension continues to be based off the G37, but has been tweaked for greater comfort and grip.
The Q50 is roughly the same size as the outgoing G37, which gives it a leg up in terms of interior space over smaller competitors. Unfortunately the trunk is on the small side, and a split-folding rear seat is limited to models with the pricey Deluxe Touring and Technology Package that adds radar-based safety systems. Fit and finish are strong suits for the Q50, as is technology in the form of a centre console stacked with a pair of touchscreen interfaces.
Were that not enough, the Q50 debuts Direct Adaptive Steering, the world’s first steer-by-wire system. It does away with any mechanical linkage between the steering wheel and the steering rack (a mechanical backup is present), which Infiniti says reduces undesired kickback and removes a susceptibility to crosswinds. It’s deeply wired into the car’s active safety systems, which also include predictive lane-keeping assist.
For the time being, the Q50 will be offered with a 3.7-litre gasoline engine that’s carried over from the G37. Its 328 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque is routed through a seven-speed automatic with rev-matching downshifts; rear-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive as an optional extra. Infiniti is also offering the Q50 as a hybrid, which is covered in a separate report.
The Q50 is offered in Q50, Q50 AWD, Q50 Sport, and Q50 Sport AWD trims.
Standard equipment for the Q50 includes 17-inch alloy wheels, drive-mode selector with five modes, hill-start assist, full LED headlamps, fog lights, solar glass, power moonroof, proximity key with push-button start, power heated exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals, speed-sensitive wipers, chrome exhaust, Scratch Shield paint, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear air vents, illuminated vanity mirrors, overhead sunglass storage, aluminum interior trim, leatherette upholstery, eight-way power adjustable front seats, leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, leather-wrapped shift knob, aluminum scuff plate, six-speaker AM/FM/CD/satellite radio, MP3 player, Infiniti InTouch display audio system 8.0-inch upper and 7.0-inch lower displays, dual USB ports, Bluetooth, reverse camera, trip computer, electroluminescent instruments, tilt and telescoping steering column, and cruise control.
Q50 AWD adds all-wheel drive, leather upholstery, heated front seats, 14-speaker Bose surround sound system, and auto-dimming rear-view mirror with garage door opener.
The Q50 AWD can be optioned with the Navigation package, which adds navigation, system and Infiniti Connection telematics.
Q50 Sport builds on Q50 and adds 19-inch wheels, Direct Adaptive Steering (steer by wire), sport-tuned suspension, performance brakes, sport front fascia, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming exterior mirrors with auto tilt-down when reversing, leather upholstery, sport seats with adjustable side bolsters, heated front seats, Maple wood trim, driver memory, aluminum pedals, 14-speaker Bose surround sound system, navigation, Infiniti Connection telematics service, entry/exit assist, Around View parking camera with front and rear parking sensors, power tilt and telescoping steering column, magnesium paddles for manual-mode shifting, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror with garage door opener.
Q50 Sport AWD builds on Q50 Sport and adds all-wheel drive but removes Direct Adaptive Steering (steer by wire), rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming exterior mirrors with auto tilt-down when reversing, Maple wood trim, entry/exit assist, Around View parking camera with front and rear parking sensors, and the power tilt and telescoping steering column.
The Q50 AWD and Sport AWD can be equipped with the Deluxe Touring and Technology Package, which adds a power tilt and telescoping steering column, Direct Adaptive Steering, auto-dimming exterior mirrors with reverse tilt-down feature, driver’s memory settings, Maple wood trim, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, Around View monitor with front and rear parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, adaptive front headlights, automatic high beams, radar-based distance control alert, blind-spot monitoring system and blind-spot intervention, backup collision intervention, pre-crash seat-belt, full-speed radar cruise control, predictive forward collision warning, forward emergency braking, lane departure warning and prevention systems, advanced climate control system with Plasmacluster air purifier, and Eco pedal.