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Infiniti Q50: Less-is-more


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Apply too chrome and lower bumper or too many passive safety and infotainment sub-menus, and the beast is by its myriad parts. Good can sense the inflection point content would overwhelm and intervene before the machine in its own way. These engineers tend to be German.

Infiniti has not recognised this boundary in its of BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi. To Nissan’s luxury arm has developed the sexy, surprisingly rowdy G as well as the overstuffed, over-fussy JX

But Infiniti says it has changed. It its 2014 Q50 sports sedan, will soon replace the G37, “the best we have ever built.” mind the financial dissonance this statement introduces does that make the expensive M sedan, chopped Infiniti could use a hit. on how a shopper specifies a Q50, the car can be satisfying to drive, but if it’s that a customer wants, the particularly BMW likely would top of mind.

If the customer, however, wants a powerhouse that undercuts the by thousands, then the Q50 demands to be in the

Infiniti starts with a fine powertrain, its 3.7-litre V6, producing 328 horsepower and 269lb-ft of channelled through a seven-speed transmission. On bucolic stretches northern New England, a Q50S AWD plush and confident, with body roll through turns. The “S” brings enticing upgrades to the base including larger brakes, wheels, stiffened suspension and magnesium shift paddles working with the sequential held middle gears into the Q50’s rev band.

For all this spirit, the sedan’s system kept the car dead-centre, when loutish feet and tried to shake the tires

This is not necessarily Q50-buyer mind. Infiniti sees not outright performance as its comparative in the luxury marketplace, and the Q50 carries ethos right down to its for better and for worse.

Optional 14-speaker audio sounds the to systems in $250,000 Bentleys. A stacked-screen multimedia interface splits the difference between touch commands and toggle There is a sense in the Q50’s of deeply considered design, the only frivolous flourish be the grooved, faux-metallic bezels the dashboard’s analogue gauges.

Infiniti’s past troubles the content-character balance percolate as a buyer moves up-market. In the Hybrid, a 302hp version of the V6 stroked down to 3.5 litres with an electric motor 67hp, for a netted system of 360hp. Infiniti positions the as the real performer of the Q50 line, yet with all throttle, transmission, and suspension parameters switched to mpg”, the sedan felt and tentative where the Q50S was and sure-footed.

The trade-off comes at the the Hybrid averaged 31mpg in virtually identical to those by the non-hybrid, which returned

A lane-departure correction system was to the Hybrid, which at highway with hands off the wheel, held the car between the lines but not on line. The sedan wandered and until it encountered the lane at which point it would the paint like a Formula 1 In fairness, Lane Departure is not intended as a substitute for an attentive yet a motorist travelling behind a Q50 so and so engaged might think its inebriated.

These experiences all the charms of the non-hybrid Q50S starker relief. It is a sleeper sedan even when luminous, purple-flecked Malbec paint. And at about $48,000 so it is something of a performance bargain, pricing on par with far less models, like a generously Hyundai Genesis V6.

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Infiniti, nonetheless, will the all-singing, all-dancing Q50 Hybrid; it is its technology-craving customer wants, all. But with this less is all the more.

Vital 2014 Infiniti Q50 3.7 AWD, Q50 RWD

Base price: $37,605 inclusive of $905 destination $44,855 (Hybrid)

Price as $47,995 (3.7); $55,560

EPA fuel economy: 19mpg 27mpg highway (3.7); city, 36mpg highway

Powertrain: 3.7-litre 328hp V6 engine (3.7); 3.5-litre V6 gasoline engine with electric motor (Hybrid); automatic transmission with shift mode

Standard Vehicle Dynamic Control, alloy wheels, dual exhausts, eight-way power seat, Infiniti InTouch display system, rear-view

Major options: 19in wheels, leather interior, trim, Moving Object Lane Departure Prevention, tilt-telescoping steering wheel, 14-speaker audio system

The Q50 to be in the conversation.

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