Infiniti is launching the European version of the Q50 at the Geneva Motor Show both with a hybrid vesion and a diesel version.
The Infiniti Q50 is the first Infiniti Q car to take the Geneva spotlight. An all-new sedan for the premium D segment, the Q50 is on show in Geneva in 3.5 Hybrid form and also, enjoying its world premiere, as the Q50 2.2d.
The 2.2d is powered by a new 2.2-liter diesel engine.
The Infiniti Q50 is the first Infiniti to benefit from the brand’s collaboration agreement with Daimler AG. The 2.2-litre direct-injection four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine has been modified by the Infiniti engineering teams to ensure engine response is in line with Infiniti’s emphasis on performance.
It is the same engine used in certain C and E-class Mercedes.
The engine offers power and torque while retaining a low CO2 output, which positions the Q50 at the centre of the premium saloon market in Europe.
Infiniti’s first four-cylinder diesel engine provides 170 horsepower, 295 pound-feet of torque and low emissions starting from below 115g/km of CO2.
Both a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed automatic will be available with the diesel engine and have been tailored to Infiniti’s specific requirements.
Infiniti engineers spent time making sure then diesel engine feels different from its Mercedes version, with faster response in keeping with the sportier drive characteristics Infiniti requires. Although power is essentially the same, the manner in which these maxima are achieved is unique to Infiniti. This has been achieved not just by digital remapping but a considerable amount of re-engineering.
Unique Infiniti engine parts include air inlet, intercooler, low-pressure fuel system and after treatment system, oil pan, engine mounts, and engine control unit (ECU). Visible engine items are in addition unique to Infiniti. The engine block, turbocharger, exhaust and injection system are shared with the Mercedes-Benz version.
The second version of the Q50 for Europe is the Q50 3.5 Direct Response Hybrid.
Infiniti believes its accelerative ability will guarantee it a place in the top echelons of European high performance sports sedans.
With 0-100km/h (60 mph) estimated to be well under 5.5 seconds. it is likely even to outperform its big brother, the Infiniti M35h, which is currently listed in Guinness World Records as the world’s fastest accelerating hybrid car.
The 364 horsepower Q50 3.5 Hybrid shares the same dual-clutch Direct Response Hybrid system and 7-speed automatic transmission as the M35h, but with changes to improve performance, extend its electric-only range and allow for an outstanding cargo capacity for a hybrid in this class.
Infiniti estimates the Q50 hybrid fuel consumption on the combined cycle to be at 6.2 l/100km (45mpg) and CO2 emissions under 145g/km.
The Q50 3.5 Hybrid will be available in both rear and all-wheel drive forms in Europe.
The Q50’s styling with distinctive human eyes-like headlight and “Double Arch” grille is similar to what has been shown in North America.
Infiniti said the Q50’s world-first technologies such as Direct Adaptive Steering, and a digital environment are promising unprecedented levels of customization and distinguish Infiniti’s most European car yet.
Infiniti is showing a taste of the future in the form of the LE Concept. Infiniti’s first 100% electric car, the dramatically-styled LE Concept proclaims “dynamic luxury” far more than “electric vehicle”, something the production version – due in under two years’ time – will maintain. As an Infiniti, driving pleasure and performance will be uppermost.