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Infinity at NAIAS Detroit Auto Show

Infinity at NAIAS Detroit Auto Show

The big news at the Infiniti stand centred around the global debut of the 2014 Q50, the replacement for the G37 in the company’s lineup.

Positioned as a sign of things to come from Infiniti in terms of design, performance and technology, the Q50 will come to market later this summer with two engines for North American customers to choose from: a 3.7 litre V6 rated at 328 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque, and a hybrid powerplant comprised of 3.5 litre V6 mated to a 50 kW electic motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. The net output of the hybrid system is rated at 360 horsepower. Power is put to the ground through an electronically-controlled 7-speed automatic transmission.

As one might expect, the Q50 represents a significant departure from the G37 in terms of design as well. A large ‘double arch’ grille and wedge-shaped HID headlamps gives the Q50 a more prominent face than the G37. Sharp lines that begin with the grille flow back over the hood into the sides of the car and dovetail nicely at the rear. The car appears blockier and more upright than the Q37 and the sheetmetal is shaped to give the car a muscular appearance.

Infinity at NAIAS Detroit Auto Show

On the technology front, the Q50 comes equipped with two new features likely to flow into future products.

Infiniti Direct Adaptive Steering – a first on a production vehicle – monitors tire angle and steering inputs independently enabling it to respond to the driver’s intentions faster than a conventional mechanical system.

Active Lane Control, which also makes its debut on the Q50, utilizes a camera-based lane-marker detection system to improve overall stability.

Pricing has not yet been confirmed, but Infiniti has revealed the Q50 will be rolled out across North America in late summer.

Infinity at NAIAS Detroit Auto Show

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