NEW FOR 2015:

– New Limited AWD trim level
– Q50 Sport RWD receives new 19-inch forged alloy wheels with staggered tire width
– Q50 AWD deletes power sunroof; integrated into new Moonroof Package
– Q50 AWD deletes leather upholstery, entry/exit assist for driver, 14-speaker Bose stereo system with Driver’s Audio Stage; integrated into new Premium and Navigation Package.

For its second year in production, Infiniti has given the Q50 lineup a few minor tweaks to better align it for the Canadian market. This bold sports sedan offers striking style, cutting edge technology, and plenty of performance thanks to its standard 328-hp 3.7-litre V6 engine – no turbocharged four cylinders here.

The Q50 AWD sees the greatest amount of change, now offering the same level of equipment as the rear-drive Q50. Removing equipment such as leather upholstery and a 14-speaker Bose sound system allows it to check in at less than $40,000. All of these features can be added back through various packages, though.

The driver’s choice of the range, the Q50 Sport, gets a flashy new set of wheels. Lightweight forged alloys by Rays wrapped in sticky staggered-width summer tires offer additional grip.

A new Limited AWD trim level bridges the gap between the standard Q50 AWD and the Sport AWD; it wears the Sport model’s rear spoiler and detailed 19-inch alloy wheels, but does without the upgraded brakes or sport-tuned suspension for a more comfortable ride. Added luxuries like navigation, leather heated seats, and a 14-speaker Bose sound system are included in the cost.

Larger than its compact-sized rivals, the Q50 claims the title of the industry’s first – and only – steer by wire system. Combined with a broad array of radar-based safety systems including predictive lane departure, adaptive cruise control and autonomous emergency braking, and the Q50 very well could be the most technologically advanced car under $50,000.

For the time being, the Q50 is offered with a 3.7-litre gasoline engine that’s shared with the QX50, Q70, and QX70. 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 AWD Limited, 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, deletes power moonroof.

The Q50 AWD can be optioned with the Moonroof Package, which adds a power sliding glass moonroof.

The Premium and Navigation Package adds leather upholstery, heated seats, 14-speaker Bose audio system, navigation system, and Infiniti Connection telematics.

Q50 AWD Limited adds 19-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, heated front seats, 14-speaker Bose surround sound system, navigation, Infiniti Connection telematics service, entry/exit assist, and auto-dimming rear-view mirror with garage door opener.

Q50 Sport builds on Q50 and adds Direct Adaptive Steering (steer by wire), lightweight 19-inch Rays wheels with staggered-width performance tires, sport-tuned suspension, performance brakes, sport front fascia, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming exterior mirrors with auto tilt-down when reversing, sport seats with adjustable side bolsters, heated front seats, Maple wood trim, driver memory, aluminum pedals, 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 features different 19-inch alloy wheels with regular width tires, 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, Limited AWD and Sport AWD can all be equipped with the Deluxe Touring and Technology Package, which adds Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection, front and rear parking sensors, Direct Adaptive Steering (steer by wire), autonomous emergency braking, predictive forward collision warning, memory function for seats and mirrors, 60/40 split folding rear seats, power tilt and telescoping steering column, auto-dimming exterior mirrors with reverse tilt-down feature, Maple wood trim, rain-sensing wipers, adaptive front lighting, automatic high beams, blind-spot warning with intervention, back-up collision intervention, pre-crash front seatbelts, radar cruise control with full-speed range, lane departure warning, lane-departure prevention, Eco Pedal, and Advanced Climate Control with Plasmcluster air purifier.

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