The North American market contests the premium sport sedan segment. The answer that comes from Infiniti is the new Q50, a model revealed for the first time at the 2013 edition of the Detroit Motor Show. The model has a new double arch grille and crescent-cut C-pillar, elements first seen at the Essence concept, a model revealed in 2009 at the Geneva Motor Show. Its side line integrates beautifully the LED tail light and roll-formed A and B-pillars that actually provide easier access for the inside.
The new model measures 4.783 mm in length, 1.824 mm in width and 1.443 mm in height. The wheelbase measures 2.850 mm. The sports sedan is scheduled to arrive on the US market this summer and will be available with two power trains. The first option is an all-aluminum 3.7-liter V6 engine capable of generating 328 horsepower and 269 lb. ft. of torque and the second one is a hybrid that combines a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine capable of producing 302 horsepower and 258 lb. ft. of torque with an electric motor that generates 67 horsepower and 199 lb. ft. of torque. The combined output reaches 360 horsepower. To transfer the output to the wheels, both units will use a 7-speed automatic transmission with paddle shift control and are available in rear- and all-wheel drive versions, to please everyone. The new Infiniti Q50 uses 17-inch alloy wheels covered in 225 / 55 run-flat tires to send the power to the road and it also has some 19-inch sport wheels available as options covered in 245 / 45r19 tires.
To improve steering, the engineers have offered a power-assisted vehicle-speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion system. The model also comes with and available Direct Adaptive Steering technology. we also have to mention the Active Lane Control which improves on the Lane Departure Prevention system by making slight steering input adjustments in case of direction changes caused by road imperfections.
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