Infiniti is about to challenge the BMW sedan segment again, and this time it is targeting the new BMW 3 Series sedan. We have seen the camouflage prototype been testing for quite a few months ago at the racetrack, and now for the first time, the company has unveiled its Q50 luxury sports sedan at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
The all-new 2014 Infiniti Q50 sports sedan will replace out the G37 series sedan. It has been totally revised with Infinti’s new design theme, which is really based on the Infiniti Essence concept. This will also be the the first production car to feature drive-by-wire steering instead of conventional mechanical and hydraulic linkages. The new drive-by-wire allow the simplification and customization of the steering system to provide four different steering settings based on the driver’s preference. Also, according to Infiniti, the system provides superior handling by “transmitting the driver’s intentions to the wheels faster than a mechanical system.”
On the powertrain department, the 2014 Infiniti Q50 sports sedan comes equipped with a choice of a conventional or hybrid powertrains. The conventional 3.7-liter V6 engine produces about 324 horsepower and 269 ft-lb of torque, while the Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid System has a 3.5-liter V6 engine combined with an electric motor to produce 350 hp. Power for the electric motor is provided by a lithium-ion battery pack. Both versions come with a 7-speed automatic transmission featuring a manual mode and an optional rear-wheel drive or Intelligent All-Wheel Drive systems.
No price was announced for the all-new Infiniti Q50 sports sedan, but it is expected to go on sale in the United States and Canada this summer. We can’t wait to see the new Coupe version would be like.