Infiniti Q50 Revealed: 2013 Detroit Auto ShowMon, 14 Jan 2013 00:00:00 -0800
The new Infiniti Q50 – replacing the G37 and the first of Infiniti’s ‘Q’ badged cars – has been revealed at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
The Q50 is still unmistakably an Infiniti – but a better looking one – with the trademark curves and grill still intact but with a bit of added oomph from a new look inspired by the Infiniti LE Concept we saw in New York last spring.
The Infiniti Q50 is both longer and wider than the old G37 – lower too – and a lot slippier, with a drag coefficient of just 0.26 thanks to the sleeker bodywork and lower stance.
Inside, the Q50 gets a new Infiniti inTouch system with two big screens that can work with hand gestures (yes, we know) and a pile of Apps to control functions. Elsewhere is Infiniti good, including new, thinner seats with more adjustment bringing more room and active noise cancellation through the standard Bose sound system.
Our colonial cousins will get the choice of a 323bhp 3.7 litre V6 or a 355bhp 3.5 litre hybrid with RWD oir 4WD whilst we can expect to have the option of more frugal four-cylinder petrols when the Infiniti Q50 arrives on this side of the Pond at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
Infiniti has been using its tie-in with Red Bull to get Sebastian Vettel’s help to fettle the chassis in the hope that the new Q50 can actually offer a viable option for BMW 3 Series buyers.
Time will tell if it does, but Infiniti are going to have to make the Q50 a lot more ‘visible’ in the UK if it’s going to have any chance.
By Cars UK