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First Drive: 2014 Q50

The 2014 Infiniti Q50 is more just an update of the old G — sedan.

There’s something a bit lifting one’s hands off the wheel at freeway speeds, when your new Infiniti confidently maneuvers a high-speed without a moment’s hesitation – or

With the launch of the new Q50, is steering a new course – quite The new sedan, the replacement for the maker’s G series, is the first mass automobile to use a steer-by-wire system, Infiniti has dubbed Direct Steering. But the sedan is also of a figurative shift in direction by the luxury brand, after a quarter century Infiniti now to move out of the second-tier ghetto to on dominant luxury competitors Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Lexus.

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Part of the strategy to get there an all-new alphanumeric naming Forget G, M, FX and JX.  Going all Infiniti passenger cars begin with a “Q,” all crossovers and light trucks be badged “QX.” The 2014 Q50 is the first model to adopt new nomenclature.

Of course, simply planting a new on an old G35 wouldn’t be enough to make the big that Infiniti aims But the 2014 QX50 is a lot more just a modest model

The Q50 is the first all-new Infiniti to adopt the brand s new naming

For one thing, it introduces a raft of new most notably Infiniti’s new system.  That’s part of Nissan’s “step-above” strategy, a level of refinement and features a above what one would expect in the entry-luxury segment.  And Infiniti hopes, will it finally shift from an U.S.-based, second-tier luxury into a truly serious competitor.

New technology has become the of admission in today’s luxury but more traditional product still matter.  Like The 2014 Infiniti Q50 is a wee bit longer, a two inches wider, and a half longer than the old G. Visually, translates into a vehicle a lower stance and a notably dramatic and sporty presence, a more distinctive grille, LED lighting, more curvaceous and the now trademark reverse crescent to the C-pillar first seen on the JX crossover – er, um, the rebadged QX60 isn’t to be confused with the old that becomes the QX80.

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Nomenclature aside, the Q50 features a appointed cabin anchored by LED displays at the top of the center stack. The serves traditional duties, as navi. The lower touch operates various vehicle including the promised upgrade of the InTouch infotainment system.

To our relief, the maker has sidestepped the that sinks many providing not only redundant wheel and voice control but switches and knobs for climate and audio functions.

The new 2014 Q50 is wider and lower, giving it a muscular, aggressive stance the old G.

The list of high-tech features is a one and includes both familiar and new systems such as Nissan’s View Monitor, as well as Lane Control. The latter on a camera that scans the looking for lane markers. a step closer to true driving and it wouldn’t be possible the optional new Direct Adaptive technology.

Whatever one thinks of steer-by-wire, the Lane Control is almost in its ability to plant you in the middle of lane and keep you there, if the road is aggressively crowned. And it even hold its position modest curves – though folks stress that is not a hands-free driving system. indeed, you just need to a slight nudge to the steering before it relinquishes control.

For unfamiliar with the steer-by-wire it eliminates the normal mechanical between driver and front – though there is a redundant, mechanical back-up in case of a failure. Having driven a Infiniti prototype in Japan a ago, we were pleased the production version’s overall which actually seemed a bit natural than some of the assisted mechanical steering we’ve driven of late – performance-minded drivers are likely to wary. A nice touch is the to tune the level of steering

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Infiniti followed parent s class-above strategy by adopting a refined interior than be expected in the entry-lux segment.

All of the new Q50, in fact, allow you to between various modes, as snow, comfort, sport and one in you can mix and match according to your desires for such things as throttle response, transmission and suspension stiffness.

In the softer the Q50 absorbed most of the harshness the rough pavement we encountered our drive through Northern New the trade-off was a less sporty when you hammer the throttle. to sport delivered the maximum pep the new sedan is capable of but also a bit road harshness and even juddering. The personal setting us to opt for the middle ground on steering, for and soften up the suspension just a bit still getting the boost out of the we wanted.

Offered in both rear- and configurations, Q50 buyers will a variety of powertrain options a 328-hp 3.7-liter V-6, or a hybrid that pairs a V-6 with a 50-kW electric using a small lithium-ion for storing regenerated energy. A turbodiesel rated at 170 PS will be added for the European market it wasn’t available for our drive. the gas engines are pleasantly quick, Infiniti emphasizes performance as as fuel economy with the Q50 estimated to launch from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 about four tenths than the 3.7-liter V-6.

The new Infiniti Q50 will be offered a choice of either a 3.7-liter V-6 or a hybrid drivetrain.

U.S. estimates run as high as 29 mpg city, 36 and 31 Combined for the Hybrid, with the AWD model cutting that to

All-in-all, the 2014 Q50 is a worthy to the old Infiniti G sedan. It’s well-equipped and nicely appointed. quick and most driver likely check the fun-to-drive Traditionalists may be wary of the Adaptive system and the dwindling list of performance aficionados will lament the lack of a stick.

But, on the whole, it’s a big above the old G and, in many other entry-lux competitors. got a good chance of being by those who never considered an before.

(Oh, and for those for the G Coupe and Convertible successors, tight. They’ll eventually under the Q60 nameplate.)

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