2014 Infiniti Q50 Signals New Direction for the Brand: 2013 Detroit Auto Show

2013 Detroit Auto Show


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    2014 Infiniti Q50. | January 11, 2013

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2013 Detroit Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The 2014 Infiniti Q50, the first model to be launched under Infiniti's new naming strategy, breaks cover at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
  • The Infiniti Q50 takes its styling cues from the much-heralded Infiniti Essence from the 2009 Geneva Auto Show — a concept that was described as the automotive equivalent of a runway supermodel.
  • There is a responsibility factor here, though, since the Q50 will be offer in a hybrid version.

DETROIT — The 2014 Infiniti Q50, the first model to be launched under Infiniti's new naming strategy, breaks cover at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.

The Q50 goes on sale in the U.S. in the summer. Pricing was not announced.

The Infiniti Q50 takes its styling cues from the much-heralded Infiniti Essence from the 2009 Geneva Auto Show — a concept that was described as the automotive equivalent of a runway supermodel.

There is a responsibility factor here, though, since the Q50 will be offer in a hybrid version. The 2014 Infiniti Q50 3.7-liter V6 and 3.5-liter hybrid models will be available with a choice of rear-wheel drive or Intelligent All-Wheel Drive. All models get a seven-speed automatic transmission. The base car with the carryover 3.7-liter V6 delivers 328 horsepower. The hybrid version, with the 3.5-liter V6, electric motor and lithium-ion battery delivers 354 hp.

Infiniti said in a statement that "other powertrains to be added as part of global market launch rollout," perhaps a broad hint that a four-cylinder diesel engine sourced from Mercedes-Benz may join the lineup at some point, thanks to the alliance deal between Renault-Nissan and Daimler.

While Infiniti stopped short of announcing a high-performance IPL version of the new Q50, it noted that the car will be available "in a range of well-equipped models, including versions with special sport appearance and performance features with sport brakes and sport suspension tuning."

The Q50 is the replacement for the outgoing Infiniti G37 sedan.

The new Q50 is a completely new design from Infiniti. It targets the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Lexus IS and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Edmunds says: A key question is whether Infiniti can keep the price of the 2014 Q50 under $40,000.

Comments

  • bonzjr bonzjr Posts:

    So now there's no stick? The 6-speed manual is gone?!? Seriously, Nissan (Infiniti), you suck anymore. Unless I'm missing something the only stick Nissans left are the useless 370Z, the 'poor person versions' of the Versa and Sentra and the leftover (for one more year) G37 coupe. Remember when you were the 'performance minded' Japanese company in the 1980s and 1990s? No, you clearly don't. I don't care how 'awesome' your 7-speed auto is in terms of efficiency and getting power to the ground. No stick, no sale. This car is gorgeous. But now it's one giant FAIL for skipping the stick. Infiniti will never be BMW no matter how hard it tries.

  • glaire4206 glaire4206 Posts:

    Nice styling. Definitely an improvement.

  • wolverine85 wolverine85 Posts:

    I like the styling but I am dissappointed in the lack of powertrain improvements and very dissappointed that a manual will not be offerred. I have been very happy with my 2008 S 6MT sedan but I will look elseswhere when I re-enter the car market unless Infiniti offers a manual with the sedan.

  • jederino jederino Posts:

    Owning a G35 MT, I also want to row my own gears. I'm afraid this design is too bland, and will fall behind Hyundai's ambitious styling exercises. I really like the 1st gen Gs, as they had a unique look and headlamps that later showed up on the Porsche Cayman. The MPG of the hybrid sounds great, and I hope the handling and driver involvement is there, above all.

  • jaredm jaredm Posts:

    Hyundai Sonata dash layout?? really...

  • sjw91_ sjw91_ Posts:

    And why change from G to Q? The Q was the large sedan no one wanted. The G has been far more successful.

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