Infiniti has announced pricing and final information for its 2014 Q50 Hybrid sports sedan, set to go on sale nationwide in the early part of this month. Four different base configurations will be available, ranging in price from around $44,000 to upwards of $48,150.
The luxury division of Japanese automaker Nissan said the Q50 Hybrid will be available with either a 3.7-liter V6 or 3.5-liter gas engine, as well as a choice of rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Its hybrid system includes as well a compact laminated lithium-ion battery design and 50 kW electric motor. The vehicle, first unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show in January, is said to have one of the “fastest accelerating hybrid engines” and is capable of 36 miles per gallon on the highway.
The Q50 offers a number of new performance technologies, according to Infiniti. These include:
Direct Adaptive Steering technology, Active Lane Control and Predictive Forward Collision Warning. The new steering system allows advanced control of the Q50’s tire angle and steering inputs, transmitting the driver’s intentions to the wheels faster than a mechanical system. The Active Lane Control uses a camera-based lane marker detection system and Direct Active Steering system to further enhance lane-keeping capability and improve vehicle straightability. The Predictive Forward Collision Warning system warns the driver of risks that lie beyond the driver’s field of view. It not only can sense the relative velocity and distance of a vehicle directly ahead, but also of a vehicle travelling in front of the preceding one.
Also of note for those wanting creature comforts inside the Q50 is a customizable digital environment for linking various driver settings and driving characteristics to their key fob, as well as a “next-gen smart connectivity” system offering dual touch-screens and an array of advanced functions, features and custom apps.