Infiniti’s new Q50
, the replacement for the G37 and the first of the Japanese automaker’s models to use its new naming strategy, will hit showrooms in July priced from $37,605, including a $905 destination charge.
That’s slightly less than what you’d have paid for a 2013 G37, but even though it’s cheaper the new Q50 offers a much more comprehensive package.
In addition to riding on a brand new platform, which was honed on the Nürburgring by Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel
, the Q50 offers a stunning new design, more interior space and the choice of a hybrid drivetrain.
The base model comes with 3.7-liter V-6 engine, rated at 328 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. It’s matched to a seven-speed automatic transmission and spins the rear wheels. If you want all-wheel drive, you’re going to have to pay an additional $1,800.
The base model also gets a new Infiniti Drive Mode Selector, which allows the driver to apply a range of personal settings for the engine, transmission, handling and steering settings. Another standard feature is adaptive steering, whose speed adjusts depending on the speed of the car. Four different steering settings are offered, allowing customization by driver preference or road conditions.
Inside, you’ll find a driver-focused cabin with plenty of luxury appointments as well as Infiniti’s new InTouch connectivity system. This latter feature relies on two touch-screen displays as its interface, one upper and one lower. Content and functions directed to the upper screen includes the most frequently used applications, while the rest goes to the lower display screen.
If you’re interested in the 2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid, you’re going to have to pay at least $44,855, which once again includes a $905 destination charge. This model matches a 3.5-liter V-6 with an electric motor for a combined output of 354 horsepower, and it also comes better equipped while also returning an estimated 36 mpg on the highway._______________________________________Follow Motor Authority on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.