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Future Models — 2014 Q50

Driven: The Q starts for Infiniti hybrid

Join the Q: impressions suggest Infiniti s sports sedan is worth up for.

Petrol-electric Infiniti Q50 puts Lexus IS300h on

13 September 2013

IF THE Infiniti hasn t yet gripped you, it s because the limited range so far only represents the opening of an intriguing and historical saga.

then, to the Japanese luxury s potential bestseller, the Q50 assessed in compelling S Hybrid guise.

is, according to Infiniti, the first of a new of next-generation models that challenge the hegemony of the established

Everybody from Infiniti s executive down promises the Nissan luxury brand is everything, from design and to the fanatical attention to detail. like seduction and youth are frequently bandied about. No on Infiniti s BMW 3 Series rival,

With the weight of so much it was one of the star attractions at Nissan s 360 Drive exhibition in California month, especially in light of the job the car has ahead. Everybody wanted a of the shiny new Infiniti.

To bring up to speed, Q50 replaces the G series coupes and convertibles, whose ancestors include the Nissan Datsun, and Prince before Skyline the genesis of GT-R, don t you

For a marque scrambling to reposition its lot in that s one hell of a heritage, and one even BMW let alone the Mercedes-Benz Lexus IS, and Audi A4 would be envying. Probably.

But enough Let s look ahead.

In the metal, the Q50 is striking than the distortion-effect of the official photos suggest, due to its aggressive rear-drive bias big wheels, and low stance.

For fans of true sports the cabin is welcomingly snug, than inordinately large the latest 3 Series, with space up front (on exceptionally seats) and sufficient room in the

The ambience in the up-spec Q50S is Japanese luxury but without the meaning impeccable build high-grade plastics punctuated by metallic trim, and plenty of technology. The look is elegant and

Standout features include instrument graphics, cool screen slide controls for the system, an intuitive selector for the myriad media and vehicular and a logically presented centre To say this is Infiniti s best sells it short though of cheaper versions may not be as salubrious.

aren t many on first but we spot the foot-operated park and wonder why on earth a company with revolution persists such a 1950s anachronism. vision isn t great, either, but at there are a gaggle of cameras the car to help you manoeuvre. And the boot is and wide but a bit short and with no access, thanks to the drivetrain tucked up ahead.

The hybrid drivetrain combines a engine with an electric though the former is a big V6 rather a puny four, and the latter a lithium-ion battery Lexus, sticks with cheaper, nickel metal hydrate

With maximum power and outputs a considerable 264kW at and 365Nm at 5200rpm respectively to the rear wheels via a seven-speed gearbox, it is clear from ignition that the Q can easily for quick.

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Even in low-fat ECO mode, the smallest rear-drive is no slug, stepping off the line serious intent, and then the rage with absolutely no or fuss.

Meanwhile, if it doesn t feel fast, that s because the are in a cocoon of numbing refinement. You can blame the satiny sweet delivery of the V6 up front for that.

mode ups the ante with acceleration, while the Sport setting surprise, surprise punchier performance on every Make no mistake. This is fast, leaping into with instantaneous intent.

The personality extends to the variable of the controversial drive-by-wire steering an on most Q50s, and one that is up by a mechanical connection just in .

Very light in Eco and still a tad on the side in Normal, the helm firms up decisively in Sport, the driver with sharp and more than a modicum of

However it was difficult to judge how natural the steering really since the roads we sampled the on were mostly smooth and the few fast bends we did encounter a sweet and balanced sports of intriguing character.

Similarly, the quality remains a mystery the 245/40 R19 tyres did transmit the jolt inside.

On first then, we re very confident the company has stepped up its game infusing the petrol-electric Q50S with a stirring and sporty that is different to the detached of arch rival Lexus hybrids.

If the pricing is competitive and we that the more basic of the newest Infiniti we drove start well south of then we reckon life for the 3, A4, C, and IS has become a whole lot more

This is the car to make Infiniti in

Like a great novel, the Hybrid was difficult to put down and away from. We re eagerly the company s next Aussie to start in January.

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