2014 Infiniti Q50, Q50 Hybrid at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

InfinitiQ50500

  • Competes with: Audi A4, Lexus IS, BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class
  • Looks like: New look and no manual transmission ... G37 owners might stay away
  • Drivetrain: 328-hp, 3.7-liter V-6, seven-speed automatic transmission, rear or all-wheel drive; 354-hp combined 3.5-liter V-6 hybrid
  • Hits dealerships: This summer

There is no question that Infiniti's entry-level G37 sedan needed an update despite its much fawned over performance chops. The interior was looking dated, and its superb handling and sporty ride alienated shoppers looking at stalwarts from BMW, Mercedes and Audi.

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Now called the Q50, the sedan is completely redesigned, but it has an identical wheelbase to the outgoing G37 while overall length is marginally longer and the height is down less than a half inch. The Q50 is 2 inches wider, however.

The look, though, is radically different, mimicking the larger M37 sedan but with slightly smaller dimensions. It's not an instant hit at first glance, but it could easily grow on people.

Under the Q50's hood is the identical 3.7-liter V-6, which most of our editors love, putting out the same 328 horsepower as the current G37; it's teamed to a seven-speed automatic transmission. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are standard, and 19-inch sport wheels are available.

The big surprise is the introduction of a hybrid, which is simply called the Q50 Hybrid. Infiniti added an "h" to the M series to denote the M35 hybrid, the M35h. BMW makes a hybrid version of its 3 Series sedan, but the Q50 Hybrid makes just two in the class.

This powertrain teams a 296-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 with a 50-kilowatt electric motor for a combined 354 hp. No mileage figures were given for either model.

What isn't a surprise is the abundance of technology Infiniti has jammed into the Q50.

On the driving side, there's the optional Infiniti Direct Adaptive Steering. It transmits each tires angle and steering inputs for improved driving feel. Steering settings can also be customized in terms of steering effort and the steering gear ratio. If you opt for this system, Infiniti also includes a backup mechanical steering system.

Active Lane Control uses cameras to keep you driving straight but not just when you've wandered too far in your lane. It does that, too, but also makes smaller adjustments to keep you driving straight in cases of crosswinds and road imperfections.

The technology spreads across the all-new cabin, too. Like some new Honda designs, the Q50 features two touch-screens in the center of the dashboard. Both are capacitive touch and can work independently or in tandem, so a map can be shown on the top screen while a destination's address is input in the lower screen. Infiniti says they can be operated by using "intuitive hand gestures," but we're not sure what that means. We'll have to see it work in person before weighing in on how it measures up to similar systems from Lincoln and Cadillac.

Interior dimensions weren't provided, but Infiniti says the trunk is 18.0 cubic feet, which is incredibly large for the class, and 14.1 cubic feet for the Q50 Hybrid. The BMW 3 Series sedan is rated at 13.0 cubic feet; the Audi A4 has 12.4 cubic feet of trunk space, and the outgoing G37 has 13.5 cubic feet.

The Q50 looks to be an impressive upgrade from the G37 in many areas, and the company promises more powertrains will be introduced.

2014 Infiniti Q50

2014 Infiniti Q50

2014 Infiniti Q50

2014 Infiniti Q50

2014 Infiniti Q50

2014 Infiniti Q50

2014 Infiniti Q50

2014 Infiniti Q50

Comments 

sheth

cant stand these CGI pics. I really wish automakers would release real photos.

WTF

Spindle grilles are everywhere albeit this is more subtle.

sheth

subtle compared to Lexus, but unattractive nonetheless. The front shape is just odd for no reason.

WTF

So this still appears to be an oversized model competing in the compact sport luxury realm. I think they should have shrunk it to match the 3, ATS, C and to better differentiate it from the M37...uh...Q70(?). The new naming scheme is dumb IMO.

sheth

The G continues to be like the current CTS- a midsized sports sedan priced like a compact. Only difference is CTS will get larger for 2014. Now the G will basically be on its own in terms of size and price. They have not really changed the dimensions of this car since the first model in 2002.

Jay

I'm a little underwhelmed by this redesign. Infiniti looks as if it wants to hit a broader range of buyers. It doesn't have the aggressive look the G was known for. It also debuts with the same engine from the previous G (hope they got rid of thrashy sound the old one made). It was wise to make the electric steering in option in case new buyers don't like it. Maybe the the new M, oops Q70, will be better. Then again, this means nothing if Infiniti can sell more than the previous G.

sheth

i dont think the G ever really had an aggressive look. Its been pretty modest from the beginning. They haven't really ever taken risk with this design.

Alan

The G37 coupe was aggressive looking, after dropping it. Interested in seeing what the Q60, will look like. More importantly, prices

Susan

As the owner of a G37s 2009 I really don't see a whole lot of difference in the styling it still looks a lot like a G.The inside looks different but the outside dimensions are similar.I do like that they made the trunk bigger.I also like that they have a hybrid version of the car.My question is why no sport model ?thats what I like most about my car the sportiness of it.Also why no turbocharged 4 cylinder like what was rumored and to compete with other cars in this class??

Parrots

Actually, I think the exterior design is good, if not slightly odd at the front. The interior dashboard is a direct copy of the Sonata's, however.

Liger

This redesign looks WAY to much like my Hyundai.sonata turbo both inside and out....

CDW

I currently own the 2011 M37S and love this car. My last 2 cars where (2006 SRT8 Charger with aftemarket super charger, and 2000 C5 Corvette with aftermarket supercharger). The M37S is tame comparatively but has an amazing ride, best sound system ever, best looking interior of any car on the market. This Q is a smaller, more aggressive exterior version of my M with the new technology and a hybrid to boot. If the fuel mileage is better than current "gas" model (19/26) this will probably be my next car.

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