Infiniti, Nissan’s luxury brand, has revealed details of its newly designed Q50 sports saloon at the Detroit Motor Show in America. The Q50 will replace the current entry-level G37 saloon and will go head to head with the likes of the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
The Q50 is powered by a choice of powertrains including a 3.7-litre V6 petrol, which kicks out 328hp and 365Nm of torque. Those who want more power can opt for a hybrid system taken from the M35h. This comprises a 3.5-litre V6 with 302bhp mated to a 50kW (67hp) electric motor that, together, produce 360hp.
Acceleration and fuel economy figures haven’t yet been given for either spec but Infiniti promises “strong acceleration and lean fuel economy” from the new hybrid system. The Q50 is lighter and smaller than the M35h, which hits 62mph in 5.5 seconds and manages 29mpg, so expect even more impressive performance and superior fuel economy.
“True to the Infiniti DNA, our hybrid powertrains put performance first, without compromising fuel efficiency,” explained Infiniti president Johan de Nysschen. “It takes full advantage of the electric motor’s instant torque for exceptional acceleration and, in combination with the 3.5-litre V6, provides a sporty driving feel under all driving conditions. We have targeted the best balance of performance and fuel economy and hit it dead centre.”
Fans of in-car technology should find the Q50 suitably tooled-up. It comes with Infiniti’s InTouch dual touchscreen displays, Active Noise Control for keeping external noises at bay, the option of a top-flight Bose speaker system and Active Lane Control, which uses cameras to keep you from drifting out of your lane.
When the Q50 goes on sale in North America in the summer of 2013, the two aforementioned engine options will be available along with either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. Both engines come mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift mode.
Details of the European version will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show later in the year, complete with “different powertrain offerings adapted to the respective market”.
No word yet on pricing but expect it to be somewhere in line with the G37, which starts at around £35,000.