- The 2014 Infiniti Q50 sedan will not offer a manual transmission when the all-new car hits dealerships next month.
- The entire Q50 lineup will come standard with a seven-speed automatic.
- An Infiniti spokesman says a manual could be offered in the future.
SANTA MONICA, California — The 2014 Infiniti Q50 sedan will not offer a manual transmission when the all-new car hits dealerships next month. Instead, the entire Q50 lineup including the entry-level model equipped with a 328-horsepower 3.7-liter engine, and the up-level 360-hp Q50 Hybrid, will come standard with a seven-speed automatic.
But Infiniti spokesman Kyle Bazemore says that the possibility of a future manual-equipped Q50 isn't off the table.
"Hopefully a manual will be coming in the next few years," said Bazemore today during a conversation at Edmunds' Santa Monica headquarters. "But for now, the automatic is really very good."
Infiniti says the seven-speed automatic is a refined version of the unit offered in the 2013 G37. Q50 buyers will benefit from manual shift mode with paddle shifters, and a drive mode selector which includes Standard, Sport, Eco, Snow and Personal mode.
Fuel economy ratings for both powertrain combinations are impressive. The Q50 3.7 sedan earns 30 mpg highway and 20 mpg city for a combined EPA rating of 23 mpg. That number tops Infiniti's older G25 model with the smaller engine. The Q50 Hybrid is rated at 36/29/31 mpg for highway/city/combined. Infiniti says the hybrid sedan offers a best-in-class combination of performance and fuel economy.
Edmunds says: Manual enthusiasts will be limited to paddle shifters with the Q50, at least until the new model gets a few years of production in the can.