Its strong first impression is anchored by the smooth yet dynamic character line arising from its “double arch” grille. It energetically flows along through the sides of the body like a wave and merges with the rear, creating a highly fluid and intriguing profile and fully illustrating the Infiniti Q50’s dynamic and athletic stance.
Signature Infiniti exterior design features include the “double arch” grille, dynamic arch roofline and Crescent-cut C-pillar. The front end is decidedly aggressive, with a sport front fascia offered on the Sport models. The new grille’s three-dimensional, textural quality is provided by elaborate detailing of the waved mesh pattern surface and chrome surround, while the distinctive sharp lines of the LED headlights and marker lights suggest an almost human look.
The lean, robust body sides are designed to anchor the performance stance with a strong, solid “bone” and arched roofline that flows to the crescent C-pillars that are similar to those that originally appeared on the Essence Concept. In the rear, the side character lines smoothly merge with the shape of the rear LED combination lights. The familiar rear double-arch boot line completes the strong, unforgettable view from behind. Heated outside mirrors with integrated LED turn signals are standard, while a power sliding and tilting glass sunroof is optionally available.
Other exterior refinements include new door architecture with narrower, roll-formed A and B-pillar sashes that provide improved access, as well as a more open cabin environment. A new colour palette has been specially selected to accentuate contours and sculpted surfaces of the Q50 and includes a range of eight premium colours.
At launch in North America, two advanced petrol engines will be available, followed by additional options in other global markets later in the year. The Q50’s refined 3.7-litre aluminium-alloy DOHC 24-valve V6 is rated at 328 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque and features Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS) and Variable Valve Event & Lift (VVEL®).
The Q50 rides on 17-inch machine-finished aluminium-alloy wheels with 225/55R17 all-season run-flat tyres. Also available are 19-inch aluminium-alloy sport wheels with 245/40R19 run-flat all-season or summer tyres. Confident braking is provided by 4-wheel power-assisted vented disc brakes with 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution and Brake Assist. Also available are sport brakes with upgraded discs, 4-piston front calipers and 2-piston rear. Steering is provided by a power-assisted vehicle-speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion system.
The Q50 interior is also designed as an invitation to drive – to celebrate the elation of driving that is often lost in the modern world. As such, special attention was paid to the driver’s position, offering a generous range of customisable adjustments within a cosseting yet comfortable cockpit. The Q50’s instrument panel honours Infiniti’s “double wave” design tradition, while updated with a new asymmetrical flow from the top of the centre cluster to the wide centre console. Access to all key operations and controls is designed so that the driver does not need to change driving posture, including use of hard switches, touch panels and the drive mode selector controller.
The front and rear seats are a new ergonomic design, developed to help distribute body pressure across a wider range of the upper seating surface. When sitting, the pressure load on the backbone is about 1.4 times greater than while standing. The bending moments that become a factor of load are reduced by the new seat design, with the additional support for the pelvis.
The roomy interior space offers ample front and rear head room with rear knee space enhanced by the new thin front seatback design and greater front seat slide and lift adjustability. Front and rear seat hip points have also been adjusted for greater comfort. Foot space in the rear is also expanded by moving the B-pillar forward nearly an inch (versus traditional designs), making it easier to enter and exit. Effective luggage space is expected to be the best in the segment at 510 litres with the 3.7-litre V6 and 399 litres with the hybrid power-train.
The all-new 2014 Infiniti Q50 will be initially offered in the United States and Canada beginning in summer 2013. At launch, two powertrains – the 3.7-litre petrol V6 and 3.5-litre petrol V6/electric Hybrid – will be available, each in a choice of rear-wheel drive or Intelligent All-Wheel Drive and in a selection of trim levels, including Sport models.
Details of the new Q50 for Europe will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2013 and will include different powertrain offerings adapted to the respective market.