NAIAS 2013: Infiniti unleashes Q50 sports saloon

NAIAS 2013: Infiniti unleashes Q50 sports saloon image

Text: / Photos: Infiniti Press | posted January 15, 2013 15:47

All-new model sets fresh design, performance and technology direction.

Infiniti builds on its legendary sports saloon design with the all-new 2013 Infiniti Q50 that was recently unveiled at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It was inspired by the Infiniti LE concept's design from the signature grille, head and tail lamps and its toned down edges.

“The car reflects the direct influence of the concepts known as the ‘Infiniti Trilogy’, particularly Essence, while honoring the iconic design dynamics of earlier Infiniti sports saloons. The new Q50’s athletic and tightened appearance blends its lower and wider proportions with enhanced interior roominess to stunning effect inside and out,” said Shiro Nakamura, senior vice president and chief creative officer.

LC 200 rear

The Q50 is available with two petrol engines, followed by additional options in other global markets later in the year. The Q50’s refined 3.7-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 is rated at 328 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque and features Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS) and Variable Valve Event & Lift (VVEL). The second powertrain is an Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid system with Intelligent Dual Clutch Control, it combines a 3.5-liter 24-valve DOHC V6 and compact laminated lithium-ion battery design with an innovative one-motor/two-clutch motor control for a combined power output of 360 hp. 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.


The Q50’s instrument panel honors Infiniti’s 'double wave' design tradition, with a new asymmetrical flow from the top of the center cluster to the wide centre console. Access to all key operations and controls is designed so that the driver does not need to change driving posture, including use of hard switches, Infiniti InTouch touch panels and the drive mode selector controller.

“The new Infiniti Q50 is a true game changer in the sports saloon segment,” said Infiniti President Johan de Nysschen. “With its cutting-edge performance, design and technology, it breaks away from ordinary – just like the Infiniti brand.”