Following the recent announcement to simplify their vehicle line-up, Infiniti has launched the first model carrying the new Q-moniker, called the Q50. The all-new model sets the fresh design, performance and technology direction for the new generation of both Infiniti vehicles and the brand itself.
The Q50 features the signature and distinctive “double arch” grille, where it then forms a wave that extend continuously to the engine hood and the front wings, meeting up with the line from the front wheel-arch that also acts as the shoulder line, giving it a sense of a characterful “wave”.
From the side, the signature Crescent-cut C-pillar and dynamic arch roofline are also present and correct. For the front lighting, it features LED headlights and at the rear it features LED combination lights. The rear design also features the familiar double-arch trunk line. The big news, however, comes from the enhanced airflow over both the upper and lower body portions, resulting in a coefficient of drag of just 0.26.
Two engine choices are available starting with Infiniti’s 3.7L aluminum-alloy V6 engine with 328HP and 370NM of torque while the other engine choice is a hybrid powertrain featuring Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid system that combines a 3.5L aluminum-alloy V6 with a laminated lithium-ion battery. The V6 has 296HP and 346NM of torque, while the 50kW electric motor produces an estimated 67HP and 270NM of torque. Both powertrains are matched to a seven-speed automatic ‘box with manual shift mode and magnesium paddle shifters and available in rear-wheel drive or the Intelligent All-Wheel Drive with both powertrains.
Handling is provided by 4-wheel independent multi-link suspension. The front is a single pivot double wishbone while the rear uses multi-link design with coil springs and Dual Flow Path shock absorbers. It rides on 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with an optional 19-inch aluminum alloy sport wheels.
Inside, it features a dual eight-inch touchscreen monitors and an instrument panels that honors Infiniti’s “double wave” design tradition. Three interior colors are offered in Wheat, Graphite and Stone. The quiet cabin is enhanced with Active Noise Control, and also feature premium audio system by Bose with 14 speakers.
The Q50 will be available in the United States and Canada beginning summer 2013, and will roll out in other global Infiniti markets also beginning summer 2013 including additional powertrain offerings adapting to respective market needs.