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2014 Infiniti Q50 Represents a Rebirth of a Brand

1/24/2013
At the end of 2012, Infiniti announced that all of its vehicles would be renamed. The cars would wear a "Q" designation, and the SUVs would wear a "QX" nameplate. Now, Infiniti has introduced the first new model with the new naming convention: the 2014 Q50 luxury sport sedan.

The new 2014 Infiniti Q50 replaces the G37 Sedan in the automaker's lineup, moving the model up a notch or two in terms of size. The new design boasts a 0.26 coefficient of drag, and Infiniti claims the car generates zero lift at the front and rear ends. Headlights, side marker lights and taillights are LED-illuminated, and the new Q50 rides on 17-inch aluminum wheels with 225/55 tires.

Equipped with a larger interior than the outgoing G37, the new 2014 Infiniti Q50 supplies greater rear passenger leg room and foot room, and thanks to redesigned front seats with a thinner seatback, rear knee room is also improved. The trunk is larger, too, measuring between 14.1 cubic feet and 18 cubic feet, depending on the drivetrain selection.

Highlights from the standard equipment list include leatherette upholstery, a choice between aluminum and real maple wood trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, 8-way power front seats, passive entry with push-button starting, reversing camera, Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming, and a stereo including HD Radio and satellite radio.

Additionally, every 2014 Infiniti Q50 also includes Infiniti InTouch technology. Infiniti InTouch includes two touch-screen displays with reconfigurable content menus, smartphone integration with Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming, and gesture-recognition technology.

The new 2014 Infiniti Q50 is equipped with a standard 3.7-liter V-6 engine driving the rear wheels through a 7-speed automatic transmission with magnesium paddle shifters and Downshift Rev Matching technology. Infiniti estimates that the V-6 generates 328 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque. All-wheel drive is optional with this powertrain.

An Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid gas-electric hybrid powertrain is optional for the Q50. It combines a 3.5-liter V-6 engine, 50 kWh electric motor, Lithium-ion battery, and the same 7-speed automatic that is offered on the standard model. Infiniti says the Q50 Hybrid generates 354 horsepower. All-wheel drive is available as an option for this model.

Choose the optional Sport package, and the Q50 Sport is equipped with revised front styling, front sport seats with thigh extensions, sport-tuned suspension, sport braking components, and 19-inch aluminum wheels with 245/40 run-flat tires.

The Q50 also offers a Drive Mode Selector that allows the driver to select between Snow, Eco, Standard, Sport, and Custom settings for the vehicle's throttle, transmission and suspension. Vehicle-speed-sensitive mechanical steering is standard, a rarity in a modern car. As an option, Q50 buyers can select Direct Adaptive Steering, an electric system with four different driving modes that modify both steering effort level and the steering ratio.

The 2014 Infiniti Q50 is offered with numerous option packages containing upgrades such as leather upholstery, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, upgraded climate and audio systems, navigation system, power sunroof, and more.

In terms of safety features, every technology in Infiniti's arsenal is offered for the new Q50. New for 2014, Active Lane Control is added to the vehicle's Lane Departure Prevention system, and the AroundView Monitor is equipped with Moving Object Detection technology. Infiniti Connection telematics service, when active, provides automatic collision notification to help speed rescue after a collision, and Drive Zone Monitoring technology to remotely keep an eye on where the Q50 is being driven.

Additionally, the new Q50 can be upgraded with an adaptive front-lighting system with High-beam Assist, Intelligent Cruise Control with Full Speed Range, predictive forward-collision warning, Forward Emergency Braking, Distance Control Assist, Blind Spot Intervention, Back-up Collision Intervention, and Pre-Crash Seatbelts.

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