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Home » Green Car News » Infiniti Cars

Infiniti Q50 sports saloon with 3.5-litre petrol/electric Hybrid engine

15 January 2013

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Building on Infiniti’s legendary sports saloon design, performance and technology leadership, the all-new 2014 Infiniti Q50 is designed to create a new distinct level of customer engagement.  Infiniti President Johan de Nysschen: “This exciting new Infiniti Q50 stretches the boundaries of what a sports saloon can be, propelling Infiniti in a bold new direction.”

 

  While Infiniti sports saloons have always been noted for their outstanding proportions and presence, the new Infiniti Q50 adds a new dimension of premium style.

Its strong first impression is anchored by the smooth yet dynamic character line arising from its “double arch” grille. It energetically flows along through the sides of the body like a wave and merges with the rear, creating a highly fluid and intriguing profile and fully illustrating the Infiniti Q50’s dynamic and athletic stance.  The new body design also offers enhanced airflow over both the upper and lower body portions, resulting in a coefficient of drag of just 0.26. The Q50 also features zero front and rear lift.

At launch in North America, two advanced petrol engines will be available, followed by additional options in other global markets later in the year.  The available hybrid powertrain features the Infiniti Direct Response HybridÔsystem with Intelligent Dual Clutch Control. It combines a 3.5-litre 24-valve DOHC aluminium-alloy V6 and compact laminated lithium-ion battery design with an innovative one-motor/two-clutch motor control. The system’s V6 is rated at 302 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, while the advanced 50 kW electric motor is rated at 67 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque. The hybrid system net power is 360 horsepower, providing strong acceleration and lean fuel economy.

“True to the Infiniti DNA, our hybrid powertrains put performance first, without compromising fuel efficiency. 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,” said de Nysschen.

Both powertrains are available in rear-wheel drive and Intelligent All-Wheel Drive layouts matched to an advanced 7-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with manual shift mode and available steering column-mounted magnesium paddle shifters.

Details of the new Q50 for Europe will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2013 and will include different powertrain offerings adapted to the respective market.

KEY SPECIFICATIONS

Engines: 3.7-litre aluminium-alloy DOHC 24-valve petrol V6, rated at 328 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque, featuring Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS) and Variable Valve Event & Lift (VVEL®)

Infiniti Direct Response HybridÔ with Intelligent Dual Clutch Control, combining 3.5-litre 24-valve DOHC aluminium-alloy petrol V6 and compact laminated lithium-ion battery design with an innovative one-motor/two-clutch motor control; V6 rated at 302 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, advanced 50 kW electric motor rated at 67 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque (Hybrid system net power: 360 horsepower)

Transmission: 7-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with Downshift Rev Matching, manual shift mode and Adaptive Shift Control, available steering column-mounted magnesium paddle shifters
Drive Configuration: Front engine, rear-wheel drive or Intelligent All-Wheel Drive
 

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