All new 2014 Q50 is a bold new direction for Infiniti

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If you’re in the market for a luxury sedan that delivers on performance, the all-new Q50 is worth a trip to a Pittsburgh area Infiniti dealer for a look.

Building on Infiniti's sports sedan styling, performance and technology, the all-new 2014 Infiniti Q50 is designed to create a new, distinct level of customer engagement. While Infiniti sports sedans have always been noted for their outstanding proportions and presence, the new Infiniti Q50 adds a new dimension of premium style.

The new Q50's strong first impression is anchored by the smooth yet dynamic character line arising from its "double arch" grille. The line flows through the bodyside like a wave and merges with the rear end, creating a highly fluid and intriguing profile and fully illustrating the Infiniti Q50's dynamic and athletic stance.

On closer inspection you’ll see that the vehicle’s designers pulled no punches when it comes to performance.

Two advanced powertrains are offered, starting with a refined 3.7-liter aluminum-alloy DOHC 24-valve V6 rated at 328 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. Also available is an advanced hybrid powertrain featuring the Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid system with Intelligent Dual Clutch Control.

It combines a 3.5-liter 24-valve DOHC aluminum-alloy V6 and compact laminated lithium-ion battery design with an innovative one-motor/two-clutch motor control. The system's V6 is rated at 302 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, while the advanced 50 kW electric motor is rated at 67 horsepower and 214 lb-ft of torque. The hybrid system net power is 360 horsepower, providing strong acceleration and lean fuel economy.

Both Q50 powertrains are matched with an advanced seven-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with manual shift mode and available steering column-mounted magnesium paddle shifters. The Q50 is available in rear-wheel drive and Intelligent all-wheel drive with both powertrains.

On the road, precise handling is provided by the four-wheel independent multi-link suspension. The front is a single pivot double-wishbone design, while the revised rear design utilizes a multi-link design with coil springs and dual flow path shock absorbers, with increased camber stiffness and improved ride comfort. A sport-tuned suspension is available with Sport models.

The new Q50 also features available Infiniti Direct Adaptive Steering technology, a world's first production design developed after more than ten years of research. The system allows independent control of the Q50's tire angle and steering inputs, transmitting the driver's intentions to the wheels faster than a mechanical system.

This increases the direct driving performance feel by quickly and intelligently communicating road surface feedback to the driver. Four combinations of steering settings are offered, allowing customization by driver preference or road conditions. A backup mechanical steering system is provided with models utilizing the new Direct Adaptive Steering technology.

The Q50 also features another world's first: active lane control, which uses a camera-based system to further enhance lane-keeping capability. This system goes beyond the traditional lane departure systems, taking it a step further by not only evaluating the road ahead for unintended lane drift but also by making small steering input angle adjustments if the Q50 undergoes minor direction changes due to road surface changes or crosswinds.

Inside, the Q50's instrument panel offers access to all key operations and controls. It is designed so that the driver does not need to change driving posture, including the use of hard switches, touch panels, Infiniti Controller and Infiniti Drive Mode Selector.

The front and rear seats are a new ergonomic design, developed to help distribute body pressure across a wider range of the upper seating surface. The roomy interior space offers ample front and rear headroom and knee room.

Now available in Pittsburgh area showrooms, the new Q50 sedan is a vehicle that has to be seen to be appreciated. There are also plenty of product specialists at Pittsburgh area Inifniti dealerships who are more than happy to answer your questions about the sedan’s performance-based or in-cabin technologies.

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