With a completely new naming structure for their sedans and SUVs, Infiniti rolls out the update to what was the G37 sedan – the new 2014 Q50. The Q50 has many of the same features as the outgoing G37, namely the 3.7-liter V-6 engine, but Infiniti stacks on some surprising features to next year’s car.
For 2014 the Hybrid powertrain currently used in the M-class sedans make its way under the hood of the Q50. Infiniti’s 3.5-liter V-6 powers the Direct Response Hybrid system with a 50kW electric motor and compact laminated lithium ion batteries assisting. Combined, both the gas engine and electric motor produce a respectable 354 horsepower. No word yet on expected fuel economy.
The carryover 3.7-liter V-6 still produces 328 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque as before. Both powertrains are mated to a 7-speed automatic with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel-drive. A sport trim level is expected with both powertrains as well.
The most noticeable improvement inside the Q50 is the addition of two, yes two infotainment screens with multi-gesture touch located on the center console. The two screens work together so that, for example, the driver can input directions on the bottom screen while viewing the map on the top screen.
The system comes pre-loaded with vehicle-specific apps and owners can sync personal apps through their smartphones and USB drives. Thankfully, commonly used functions like the air conditioner are still operated with hard switches.
Infiniti says the new Q50 will hit U.S dealer lots in summer 2013. Pricing hasn’t been announced at this time, but we suspect the Q50 will fall within the current G37’s $37,350 starting price. The hybrid model will almost certainly require a larger check be written.