Infiniti has recently revealed the pricing for the Infiniti Q50 Hybrid Premium and the 2016 Infiniti Q50 2.0t. The models can now be availed in the country starting at $47,050 and $33,950 respectively (MSRP excludes applicable tax, title, license and destination & handling fees of $905). Infiniti's best-seller, the Infiniti Q50 sports sedan, has received a number of tweaks.
Modifications include the addition of three new turbocharged engines and an array of new technologies that further improve the strong dynamics of the top-selling sedan. The 2016 Infiniti Q50 is offered in a wide range of trim levels, each of which comes in choices of rear-wheel and all-wheel drive technologies.
Trim levels include the Q50 2.0t, Q50 2.0t Premium, Q50 3.0t Premium, Q50 Hybrid Premium, Q50 3.0t Sport, and Q50 Red Sport 400. The pricing for the 3.0-liter-V6 twin-turbo-equipped 3.0t and the Red Sport 400 has yet to be announced. Infiniti Americas Vice President (VP) Randy Parker explained that the expanded range will allow the Q50 to cover more markets.
For example, the Infiniti Q50 2.0t starts at $33,950, which is an ideal entry point for a sports sedan that boasts of uncompromised styling, safety, and technology. Moreover, Infiniti continues to offer the Infiniti Q50 Hybrid, which is the only model in its segment that offers over 355 hp with at least 34 mph highway fuel economy.
Other standard key features of the 2016 Infiniti Q50 2.0t include the eight-way power front seats, 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, Infiniti InTouch, and Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control. These features are available on both the 2.0t and 2.0t Premium trim levels.
The core is made up of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that delivers 208 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine has been developed to efficiently combine fuel economy and responsive performance. For the Q50 2.0t RWD, fuel economy is rated at 23 mpg city, 31 mph highway, and 26 mpg combined.
The new engine also comes with a lightweight aluminum block and a cylinder head with chain-driven, dual-overhead camshafts, die-cast aluminum cylinder crankcase, and enhanced crank assembly. Overall, these enhancements offer further weight savings, improved performance, and reduced friction.
Also, the Infiniti Q50 offers an idle stop-start system (ISS) for the first time. The core was engineered in partnership with Daimler. It was assembled at the engine facility of Infiniti in Decherd, Tennessee. Meanwhile, the Infiniti Q50 Hybrid is packed with an advanced gasoline-electric hybrid, similar to that of the previous year.
It is only offered in one trim level. The Infiniti Q50 Hybrid Premium includes more standard equipment such as the Blind Spot Warning (BSW), 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels, Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW), Backup Collision Intervention (BCI), and Around View Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD), and revised packaging.
Furthermore, the hybrid is built with the Direct Response Hybrid technology with Intelligent Dual Clutch Control. It features a 3.5-liter 24-valve DOHC aluminum alloy V6 and a compact laminated lithium-ion battery with an innovative one-motor, two-clutch control, delivering 302 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. Meanwhile, the advanced 50-kW electric motor offers 67 hp and 214 lb.-ft. of torque. The net power is rated at 360 hp, offering lean fuel efficiency and strong acceleration.