Infiniti brought along with it to the 2013 Detroit Auto Show a new sports sedan for 2014 that includes a hybrid powertrain option. The Q50 will debut this summer in the United States, followed by other global markets later in the year. No pricing was mentioned.
The Q50 hybrid offering will make use of Infiniti’s of the auto brand’s “Direct Response Hybrid” system, combining a 3.5-liter 24-valve DOHC aluminum-alloy V6 and compact laminated lithium-ion battery design with a one-motor/two-clutch motor control, according to Infiniti. The system’s V6 is rated at 296 horsepower (est.) and 255 lb-ft of torque (est.), while the 50 kW electric motor is rated at 67 horsepower (est.) and 199 lb-ft of torque (est.). The hybrid system net power is 354 horsepower (est.).
This system will be mated with a 7-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with manual shift mode and available steering column-mounted magnesium paddle shifters. The Q50 is available in rear-wheel drive as well as all-wheel offerings.
Infiniti has included what it terms a number of “world’s first technologies” that are designed to make the driving experience better for those behind the wheel. The first is called Direct Adaptive Steering, which allows for “independent control of the Q50’s tire angle and steering inputs, transmitting the driver’s intentions to the wheels faster than a mechanical system.” This is said to increase driving performance, allowing for four different steering settings that provide “customization by driver preference or road conditions.”
The other “first” is something called Active Lane Control, making use of what’s described as “a camera-based straight-line stability system to further enhance on-center driving capability and improve vehicle stability.” It is part of a larger offering in the car’s technology that’s not only for “adjusting for unintended lane drift, but also making finer adjustments for minor road surface changes or crosswinds (as detected by the camera-based, lane marker detection system).”
There’s also a whole array of internal bells and whistles on the Q50, including dual touch-screens and an array of advanced functions, features and custom apps.