Infiniti introduced the Q50 (the G37 replacement) at the Detroit Auto Show. Subtle cosmetic changes have been made to car’s exterior, including the addition of a wider and more sculptural front grill, LED lights both in the front and in the rear, and “crescent shaped” C pillars that flow into the rear taillights.
The Infiniti Q50 will be available in two powertrain options, with more to come in the future. Customers can choose from a gasoline 3.7-liter V6 producing 328 horsepower, and 296 lb-ft. Or a hybrid powertrain that mates a 3.5-liter V6 with lithium ion batteries. In total the hybrid Q50 will produce 354 horsepower, and 454 lb-ft, making it one of the quickest hybrids sedans around. Either powertrain will be mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission.
The Q50 features three notable tech features. Drivers can use the “Direct Adaptive Steering Control” to adjust the electric power steering with regard to steering effort and steering gear ratios. The Q50 also features “Active Lane Control” that can make small steering corrections if the system senses the car is drifting in its lane due to crosswinds, or due to an uneven road surface. Finally, the car includes a two-touchscreen infotainment system. The top touchscreen displays the most relevant driving information, while the bottom touchscreen allows the driver to control social media apps, and smart phones.
The Infiniti Q50 will go on sale in the summer of 2013.