2013 Detroit Auto ShowThe Infiniti Q Series will succeed the popular G Series, and the first model to be part of that new family will be the 2014 Q50. While there was a M Series hybrid (known as the Fuga hybrid in Japan), there was never a G Series hybrid... Well, the nameplate might change, but the Q50 is a direct descendent of the G37, and Infiniti has announced that a hybrid version will be available.
Infiniti writes: "The 2014 Infiniti Q50 will be available with a choice of a refined 328-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 or new Q50 Hybrid featuring Infiniti's Direct Response Hybrid System™ with Intelligent Dual Clutch Control. Both powertrains will be offered with rear-wheel drive or Intelligent All-Wheel Drive."The 2014 Q50 will have a coefficient of drag of only 0.26, which is excellent and puts it in good company among the Chevrolet Volt (0.28) and the current generation Toyota Prius (0.25).
You can see the video of the unveiling below. It has dancers and dramatic music and everything!
Here are some early details on the hybrid powertrain. We'll have to wait for the official EPA fuel economy rating:
The available hybrid powertrain features 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 296 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque, while the advanced 50 kW electric motor is rated at 67 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque. The hybrid system net power is 354 horsepower, providing strong acceleration and lean fuel economy.
Both Q50 powertrains are matched with an advanced 7-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. (source)
No details yet on pricing, but the Q50 should go on sale in the US and Canada in the Summer of 2013.
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