Infiniti’s chief Johan de Nysschen likes to think ahead. Even when the Infiniti Q50 is all-new, he is already planning for what’s to come two years from now, which is when the G-sedan replacement will receive a four-cylinder. He estimates that by offering a potent and frugal turbocharged four-cylinder, it could achieve a total sales mix that exceeds 40%.
He said that this is “incremental” to what the brand has today. De Nysschen said that the four-cylinder, which is being developed together with Mercedes-Benz, will be mated with an eight-speed automatic.
The Q50 will start selling late this summer. It will be offered with a 3.7-liter V-6 and a smaller six-cylinder hybrid powertrain. It’s certainly true that four-cylinders have become more important than ever in premium sedans.
BMW has become so successful with the four-cylinder 3-series that it’s presenting the 320i, another version. It’s a bit surprising that Infiniti didn’t already have this engine prepared for the Q50’s launch. De Nysschen, who made the transfer to Infiniti from Audi last summer, said that this is “an inhibitor” specifically in global markets such as in China and Europe.
He said that this is part of its history since it’s highly centered in the U.S. where it is considered vital to offer four-cylinder gasoline and clean diesel powertrains.
The four-cylinder won’t serve as the replacement for either of the six-cylinders but in a previous interview, de Nysschen implied that the revered 3.7-liter V-6 won’t be around forever.
He said that this is an “absolutely outstanding engine” but considering the worldwide rules that impose penalties on engine capacity, this is the type of development that would prompt the brand to look at the 3.0-liter turbocharged engine.
Infiniti sports sedans are renowned worldwide for their quality, reputation, and design. Taking this to a whole new level is the Infiniti Q50, which redefines style and performance. The new kid on the block, the Infiniti Q50, impresses with a uniquely smooth double arch grille, which gives the vehicle energy and beauty. An athlete amongst cars, the Infiniti Q50 embodies the famous Infiniti philosophy of the Infiniti Trilogy.
This new technology builds on the proud and long history of the Infiniti Q50’s predecessors. Shiro Nakamura proudly notes that the new Q50's “athletic and tightened” looks combines its lower and wider proportions with improved interior roominess for a stunning effect inside and out.
From a design standpoint, the Infiniti inspires. The exterior shows off a “double arch” grille as well as a C-pillar that is cut like a crescent and a dynamic arch roof. The Q50 demonstrates its prowess with a new grille featuring LED headlamps and marker lights that are elegant, dynamic and distinctive. Sports models also come with a sports front fascia.
Slim-lined, but packed to the brim with features, the Q50 has a strong skeleton-like arched roof line. A feature similar to the Essence concept models is the Crescent C-Pillars and roof design which convey elegance and prestige.
From the back, the car is just as impressive. In the rear, the design blends easily and delightfully with the LED combination lights giving the vehicle a beautiful look and feel from any angle. In the back, the trunk harkens back to previous Infiniti models and drivers will delight in the double-arch storage compartment that caps off the enigmatic design. The car also boasts heated mirrors that have LED turns signals as standard. Customers may also opt for a sunroof (which can slide and tilt using a power button) is available for those who prefer a little more luxury.