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Test Drive: Infiniti Q50 is a new contender

FAST FACTS

* 2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid

* color: Graphite Shadow

* color: Graphite

* Engine: V-6 with electric assist

* 360

* Transmission: seven-speed automatic

* economy: 36 highway, 29 city

* Infiniti Chattanooga

* Price (as $46,255

If the new Infiniti Q50 Hybrid a prizefighter, it would be Sugar Ray

It’s fast, smart and efficient. And like Leonard, it may have its competition crying, “No

The Q50, an all-new compact sedan from the Japanese packs ferocious speed into a small package. an interesting fact: The Q50 hybrid 36 miles per gallon of gasoline but yet makes 360 horsepower.

The hybrid actually gets a 32 bump over the nonhybrid which is about $4,000 and gets a more modest 30 mpg

STYLING AND COMFORT

Our Q50 Hybrid car from Inifiniti of Chattanooga is so new it was still getting software to its infotainment system when we it up, according to sales manager Bertoni.

The Q50 is first and foremost a car, with a 0-60 mph estimated to be a hair below 5.5

The sheet metal follows an trend in modern car design, After years of building with all the muscle up front, car designs are beginning to shift the weight to the back axle. is especially appropriate on a rear-wheel-drive car the Q50 because it puts the pumped-up back where the action is.

Up front, the Q50 looks like it has on a high-protein diet, with lines rippling across the The familiar chrome-plated grille has Infiniti’s family crest. Our car, in Graphite Shadow dark gray), showed off the fluid body lines. The wheel arches bulge a sign that those 360 are ready to play. (Infiniti the Q50 “The High-performance Hybrid.”)

five-spoke alloy wheels are with grippy Bridgestone Nice design touches, electric blue Infiniti on the front door sills, this as a premium piece.

the Q50 feels like a sports There is a clear sensation of down into the car, and the wheel has a short neck to the Our test car was outfitted with leather seats, heated in the


The center stack is home to a nav map, part of a $1,4000 that was our test car’s option.

There’s really no to glob on options with so standard features on the Q50. include, drive-by-wire adaptive a power moon roof, LED a manual shift mode for driving and a 14-speaker Bose system.

DRIVING IMPRESSIONS

If you like a spirited driving there’s really no point in the Q50. On the other hand, for enthusiasts, the Q50 hybrid offers a of fun.

On our short test drive on and Highway 153, we pressed the Q50 some energetic on- and off-ramp Power delivery is smooth and and the well-bolstered seats keep you even during hard The Q50’s power-plant is the same V-6 mated to a lithium ion battery that is also available in bigger M Hybrid.

On start-up, the Q50 is quiet — it took me a couple of to realize the engine was engaged. including analog tachometer and are well arranged and easy to The navigation screen is especially in direct sunlight, a rare, but touch.

There’s something knowing that the Q50 Hybrid is 36 mpg highway (29 city) that you want to push the car to it’s — knowing the price of acceleration too dear.

The steering is incredibly precise, so so that it demands your There are five driving — Standard, Sport, Snow, Eco and In Personal mode, the Q50 allows you to in your own steering and throttle

Although the Q50 is technically the replacement for the G37 sports sedan, Infiniti has this week it will to sell discounted G37s for the future. Infiniti has been the “Japanese BMW” and it’s from the design and execution of the Q50 the automaker has bench-marked its German

At $46,255 our Q50 Hybrid test car is one of the expensive trim levels in the but it’s also one of those hybrids that adds twice — at the pump, and through performance on the freeway. Within there should be plenty of available for all different pocketbooks.

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