2019 Infiniti Q50 Redesign; AWD Hybrid Sedan
The 2019 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid AWD is a high-performance hybrid sedan: The hybrid powertrain, consisting of a 3.5 V6 gasoline engine and an electric motor, delivers a total power of 364 hp and a maximum torque of 546 Nm. Consumption is certainly not record-breaking, but the performance is high-level. And in the city, you can benefit from the advantages reserved for hybrid cars.
2019 Infiniti Q50 Redesign
Founded in 2013 to offer an alternative to Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, and Mercedes C-class, the Infiniti Q50 is a classic 4-door sedan with an elegant and sporty design. Inside it differs from the competition with two screens of the multimedia system, standard on all versions with GPS Navigator and radio DAB. They are configurable as desired and it is possible, for example, to leave the navigation on the upper one and draw on the other functions on the lower one.
The finishes are high level, and the level of technology is at the top: in addition to the various electrical adjustments for the steering wheel and the front seats, the Q50 Hybrid AWD amazes with an electronic steering by wire (Direct Aptiveed steering), just like that of the airplanes. It is, therefore, possible to regulate the load and the reduction ratio through the touchscreen, which gives a certain satisfaction to the fans of electronic newfangled. In any case, the steering column is there, and it is connected only in case of damage to the electronic system.
With the restyling of 2017, the Q50 has been updated in some exterior and interior details, with LED headlights, revised seats, improved finishes and a steering wheel that is always three-spoke but more slender and sporty. As for the equipment is now has automatic emergency braking.
The fact that Q50 is little known in Italy has an explanation: Infiniti, Nissan’s luxury brand, is a brand born for the US market, where it landed in 1989. In the old continent, however, it only appeared in 2008, less than 10 years ago. The goal was to steal market share to two other “premium” Japanese brands of success in the United States like Acura’s Honda-not marketed in Italy-and Toyota’s Lexus.
Today, overseas Infiniti sells more than Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover and Chrysler; In our market is growing, but the numbers are still small, hence the devaluation of the Q50 could be above average.
2019 Infiniti Q50 Specs, Fuel Economy
The hybrid motor of the Q50 hybrid AWD is of mild-hybrid types, i.e. it stores energy in the release and braking phases to use it in the starting phases. It is not possible, therefore, to charge the car to a power outlet, just as there is no driving mode 100% electric, although in the queue, at low speeds, you can travel a couple of kilometers without calling into the powerful V6.
Consumptions benefit because with a little ‘ attention it is possible to travel even more than 13 km/L-that for a 3.6 from 364 HP and 4WD are not at all a few-while on the motorway at 130 km/h is just over 10 km/L. But they’re not consuming the argument anymore But the performance, the real flagship of this hybrid sedan.
The electric motor expresses all its maximum torque starting from zero, so sinking the gas pedal from standstill always gives great satisfaction, confirmed by the time of just 5.4 seconds for the passage from 0 to 100 km/h. This does not mean that in most cities you can benefit from free blue parking, access to some areas with limited traffic (for example the Area C of Milan) and you escape the blocks of traffic where the diesel (also recent) are targeted.
The complete traction of the Q50 Hybrid 4WD is designed to make performance easy and safe, while the 7-speed automatic transmission rather “touristy” is not the best in manual use but it reveals a great ally of comfort. The 2019 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid wants to be especially comfortable and fast, certainly not excited. And it is a task that performs beautifully.
Let’s move on to the electronic steering DAS, one of the fascinating elements of Q50. Well, it gives great satisfaction in maneuvering: in two laps it steers from one side to the other, and in Sports mode, it is enough to make the car curve. It also filters out all kinds of roughness thanks to the absence of a direct connection between the steering wheel and the wheels. On the other hand, it is not very communicative, so in sports use, it leaves a little to be desired. The brake pedal is also a bit spongy because of the energy recovery function.
2019 Infiniti Q50 Price
The 2019 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid AWD is available in three productions (Premium, Sport, and sports Tech) with prices from 55,000 to 63,000 euros. Standard on all is: Adaptive bi-zone air conditioning with rear nozzles, active noise control “active noise Control” system, dual 8 and 7-inch touch screen, GPS Navigator, rear camera, electronic steering DAS, 17 alloy wheels Inch.
2019 Infiniti Q50 Rivals
The hybrid alternatives in the same segment are two, but both plug-ins, i.e. with rechargeable batteries through a baluster or a domestic socket. One is the BMW 330e from 252 hp, of which 184 of the engine 2.0 4-cylinder turbo which provides traction to the front axle and the others from the electric motor discharged on the rear axle; The other is the 287 hp Mercedes C350e. The Mercedes C-class is also available in a 204 HP Hybrid diesel version.
For those looking for a sedan with 4 doors of medium size, well finished, and with sports performance. Those who live in the city will benefit from the advantages reserved for hybrid cars. On the devaluation, however, the Q50 could depreciate quickly compared to the German competitors.
- Comfort and elegance are of a high standard
- The hybrid engine is very strong and does not consume too much
- Electronic steering does not transmit vibration to the steering wheel
- The feeling in the sports guide is quite low
- The brake pedal is as spongy as on almost all hybrid cars
- Resell it might be more difficult than a German of equal segment