Test Drive Infiniti’s new Q50

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Test Drive: Infiniti’s new Q50

Active Lane Control based system is designed to the Q50 in its lane automatically, constantly for crosswinds and road irregularities

2014 Q50 raises the luxury sedan stakes with the of three cutting-edge technologies: Adaptive Steering, Active Control and Predictive Forward Warning. We recently had the chance to see how innovations play out on the road. on for our impressions as we coast through cottage country in the Q50.

off, let’s get any naming out of the way. Infiniti first its Q model in the 90s, and starting in all Infiniti models will with the “Q” designation. QX will SUVs while cars just get the Q label.

The Q50’s trifecta begins with its new steering system. Known as Adaptive Steering (DAS), computer managed system is traditional steering arrangements in there is no physical connection the steering wheel and the front Instead, an electronic unit the amount of turn in the wheel calculates and provides appropriate to steering motors.

Steering which is now physically disconnected, is defined by an ECU, camera and module, which determine the of resistance to put back into the wheel via a steering force unit.

The advantage to this is the ability to electronically change the ratio and feedback without any revisions. Oh, and in case of a system a backup clutch system is in to activate in milliseconds.

But how does it actually play out in world situations? Unfortunately, most new technologies, the potential is but the execution needs work. The is that it feels artificial. On straight line drives the lane departure system it would repeatedly make adjustments to the wheel. After a the constant niggling counter felt as though there was something amiss in the system or I was told how to drive.

During cornering the Adaptive Steering does try hard to impersonate a ratio rack and pinion configuration, but still has a slightly a heavy feel. The system at its best during inner driving and parking lot maneuvers but as a it has a ways to go before it’s

Technological advancement number two is the Lane Control (ALC) Activated by a button on the steering this is designed to automatically the Q50 in its lane using a camera monitoring system during straight highway treks. The is to allow the ALC system to manage the during crosswinds and road in order to diminish the amount of feedback coming through the and reducing driver fatigue longer hauls.

When we the lane departure system on the north of Toronto the car did actually in its lane on longer, straight with no driver input. on some longer, gentler the car managed to drive itself unaided. Very very next-gen future world this. However, after around with the lane system we found it did have flaws and limitations.


Several times it ventured other lanes when were present. It also out of its lane when asked to through some longer, curves at higher speeds.

I note that the Infiniti rep pointed out this is in fact NOT a driving system and should not be as such. Drivers were to keep their hands on the at all times … though some may or may not have done so in an effort to test the Q50’s lane abilities.

Perhaps the most technological advancement on the Q50 is a mixture of innovation and Kreskin-like ability: Forward Collision Warning This awkwardly named shoots radar under the you’re following, pinging it off the car two up. The system is designed to constantly the distance and speed of that vehicle so in the event that between those two lead close dramatically, an auditory is triggered warning of a potential end collision. Infiniti reports in monitored testing the PFCW actually “saw” two cars in some trial events

As as I would have loved to this out behind an SUV I felt it to risk a lovely driving like the Q50 on hypothetical rear end scenarios. The system definitely has the to deliver peace of mind to and should help aid in the reduction of the all too rear end collision.

On top of these three world-firsts has piled on a plethora of safety including Intelligent Cruise Forward Emergency Braking, Control Assist, Blind Warning, Blind Spot Backup Collision Intervention and an Front lighting System

Infiniti’s V6 powerplants have a staple in the manufacturer’s lineup for From the G37 to the Nissan 370Z, the V6 has its worth in the field. When it to the new Q50, a naturally aspirated 3.7 V6 was considered the best option.

power output running at 328 hp, up by 269 lb.ft of torque, Infiniti this engine is not only refined, but also offers mileage and response than its

For a performance minded sedan of caliber, carrying around lb (1621 kg) means the 3.7 liter has to relatively hard to impress. But enough, the V6 is able to put on a show. to wind up and willing to rev, the 3.7 engine provided quality from rolling start to lane shifts to merging

On the four-oh-something highway to cottage we also had time to get acquainted Infiniti’s rather nicely 7-speed transmission. Power were slower than I’d thanks to a new dual-clutch configuration but in mode, the car can be pushed into scenarios, popping out the other with strong marks.

The Q50’s transmission, in partnership the steering, suspension and power systems, is distilled into distinct driving modes; Sport, Eco and Snow. Each changes the degree of firmness in the as well as responsiveness, Sport the most firm with the feedback. My personal preference be Sport or Eco, as they the best steering feel, set-up and throttle response.

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On the way up to Country and Windemere Lodge, we had the to experience the All Wheel Drive Where the rear wheel responded well on some of more windy sections, the AWD nose heavy, oversteering corners when pushed as is with most AWD configurations. But in the this system would be welcome.

The suspension seemed for the car but did tend to get a little distracted on cornering scenarios. Overall the driver felt more as I have anticipated from

There’s also a hybrid of the Q50 Hybrid on offer (which we didn’t get to drive). It combines a 50 kW of motor with a 3.5 liter V6 to a total power output of 360 hp.

And the accoutrements? Top notch. Seats are yet supportive and wood inserts and aluminum surfaces abound. But the center console is where the overload really begins. InTouch system employs two touchscreens in the center console.

The 8-inch top screen presents related information and map visuals a 7 inch lower screen the various infotainment options. The screen, which isn’t intuitive or easy to decipher (or I’m getting too old and impatient), is flanked by fan settings, defrost, re-circulatory and an on-off button that the can control. The Bose 14-speaker system is plain fantastic.

the application of what Infiniti “Zero Lift Aerodynamics,” the style is more severe and than the outgoing G37 sedan. It is meatier in the rear haunches and the grille has taken on the Lexus’ look, where the entire fascia appears to be sucked its will in towards the Infiniti Narrowing headlights flow farther on the contoured fenders the outgoing G37 and the hood is inset low the chiseled fenders that seen for a few years now on the FX SUV series.

The of the car, especially the taillight is beautifully executed while the spoiler lip is still in place to the vehicle’s sporty intentions. On the new Q50 is more fluid along its than the old sedan, with the between the wheel well and the significantly decreasing and a faster to the grille.

The Q50 is slightly lower the G37 by 10 mm (0.4 in), standing m (4.78 ft) tall. Across the the car is wider by 51 mm, giving it a more grounded stance. Inside roomier by 82 liters compared to the model, meaning headroom, and shoulder room have across the board.

One 6’3” journalist did however that even with the he still felt cramped for in the back seat.

On the scales the Q50 is kg (54 lb) lighter than the G37 weighing in at kg (3574 lb). The hybrid on the hand, thanks to the batteries and weighs around 150 kg (330 lb)

Although there are significant and stylistic advancements in the Q50, not quite seamless. While it can be a car (particularly the rear wheel a combination of sensory overload and like the bickering steering left the experience a touch of meeting my high expectations.

The Infiniti Q50 is available now with starting at $37,600 running to

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