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The Infiniti Q50 is a luxurious mid-sized sports sedan that is loosely based on the outgoing G37,and it's new for the 2014 model year. The Q50 is the first model in Infiniti's lineup to bow to a new naming convention that starts sedans and coupes with 'Q' and SUVs and crossovers with 'QX,' with the numbers no longer corresponding to engine displacement, but rather relative size in the lineup.
The new 2014 Infiniti Q50, it's clearly an evolution of the G37; but striking sheetmetal, an attractive profile, and an expressive new cabin styling all add up to one of the most visually appealing —and cohesive—new sport-sedan designs. At the center of the dash is a new infotainment system that aims at rivals; with twin screens over two levels of the dash, it aims to separate out important and frequently used functions and place them on the upper-display. Look
for Intelligent Cruise Control with a full speed range, plus the
world's first application of predictive Forward Collision Warning, as
well as Blind Spot Intervention, Back-up Collision Intervention, Active
Lane Control, and other accident-avoidance aids. A rear-view monitor and
an Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection are also standard
across the model line. And in addition to the all-new infotainment
interface at the center of the dash, expect a next-generation Studio on
Wheels by Bose audio system, standard HD Radio.
For its first year, the Q50 will come with two quite different V-6 powertrains, and a choice of rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. First, there's a 328-horsepower version of the company's tried-and-true 3.7-liter V-6—with a seven-speed automatic transmission and active noise cancellation. Then there's a hybrid model, featuring a 3.5-liter V-6 with an electric motor system, two clutches, and a lithium-ion battery pack—essentially what's been previously installed in the M35h hybrid—altogether making an output of 354 hp. Infiniti
is introducing a new Direct Adaptive Steering system in the Q50,
allowing four different steering settings, each with its own weighting
Inside, the Q50 builds on a G Sedan–sized package—meaning that rear legroom may still be on the tight side for adults—although Infiniti has pushed the B-pillar slightly forward to allow for easier entry in back. And while we've thought of the aggressively bolstered seats in the outgoing G37 to be among the best in the class for long-distance or performance driving, Infiniti says that it's redesigned these front seats for more comfort. The Q50 comes with run-flat tires in all its variations, which helps free up more cargo space. Hybrid models will lose some cargo space nevertheless, but there's quite a bit of space in either model (14.1 cubic feet for the hybrid, versus 18.0 for the others). Trims build on the plush, modern look of the M sedans, with new 'Kacchu' aluminum and maple wood detailing.