Nissan confirmed the new version of the iconic nameplate, which dates back to 1955, would be almost identical to the Q50 sedan destined for other global markets, and in an unprecedented move will defy conventional rebadging logic by using both Skyline and Infiniti badges.
The Q50 made its debut at the Detroit show earlier this year, before a European premier in Geneva added a Mercedes-sourced diesel engine to the mix.
The hybrid is powered by a 3.4 liter V6 with 302 hp and 350 Nm, combined with an electric motor that does 67hp/270Nm. The combined output is 360 hp. It’s a really fast and efficient car with 0-100km/hr in 5.5 seconds and a 250km/hr top speed.
Infiniti has leapt into the future of automobiles with the release of Q50 sedan that is completely loaded with advanced technology.
Apart from the gadgets the car is also a luxury car. Acceleration comes on extremely quickly and neither the engine, nor the 7 speed automatic transmission struggles to keep up.
The non hybrid Q50 makes a 328 horsepower via 3.7 liter V6 engine. Optional high tech features abound, including safety based technologies such as active lane control, which uses a camera to help keep the Q50 between the lines, blind spot intervention, back up collision intervention, an around view monitor and Infiniti’s new Directive Adapt Steering.
Infiniti Q50 will be called Nissan Skyline in Japan, but Infiniti logo will be retained. As for the new naming scheme Q stands for sedan and 50 for the relative placement in Infiniti sedan hierarchy due to a larger engine size. Expect less expensive Q30’s and more luxurious Q70’s.